Apart from a real bomb, a toy bomb is probably about the stupidest thing you could ever try to take into an airport – but toy bombs are on sale in Bali and a tourist has done just that.
The British tourist was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar after buying a toy bomb as a joke to take to a New Year’s Eve party.
The toy featured a timer and imitation sticks of dynamite, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph. To be on the safe side, the tourist presented the toy bomb to security officials at the airport and asked if it was OK to take it aboard the Qatar Airways flight.
Not surprisingly, security officers said “no”. So the tourist left the toy bomb at the airport security desk and headed towards check-in with a female friend.
The two boarded the aircraft and all seemed well – until Trikora Harjo, the airport’s general manager, learned of the incident and ordered the 48-year-old Briton removed from the flight and interrogated.
The packed flight, bound for Doha, was ordered to return to the terminal, the paper reported.
After further questioning, the man took police officers to the Denpasar toy shop where he had bought the “bomb” – and sure enough, a row of identical toy bombs were on display for sale.
The man and his female companion were immediately released without charge.
Bali is on high alert for a potential attack after Islamist terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for blowing up a Russian passenger plane flying out of the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el Sheikh, by placing a bomb aboard. A threat has also been made to an airport in Jakarta. See: Indonesia tightens security at airports and in Bali
It is not the time for toy bombs at airports, now or ever.
Written by Peter Needham