Sex Toys Cause Partial Airport Closure At SXF

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Various sex toys, including a vibrator, were mistaken for a bomb, causing a partial closure at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport on Tuesday.

Employees at the airport were conducting routine X-rays of luggage when they spotted "suspicious content in a luggage piece," according to the federal police in Berlin. 

Because it was unclear from the initial scan what the bag contained, an alert was issued shortly before 11 am, resulting in the closure of the airport's D terminal while police investigated the suspicious items.

The owner of the bag was called over the airport speaker system and eventually talked to police about his luggage. 

A police spokesperson says he was reluctant to properly explain the contents of the bag -- possibly because of embarrassment -- saying instead that his luggage contained "technical stuff."

But writing in a post on social media, the offending passenger said that he’d been found at passport control and asked to follow security officials to the sorting area.

"When I arrived, the airport terminal was being evacuated," the passenger wrote. “I approached a police officer and told him that I needed to check my bag with the baggage handlers. He asked my name and for my passport. He then spoke into his radio and several armed police swarmed me with automatic weapons.”

“After 60 tense minutes, [a member of the bomb squad] returned laughing. The hand grenade was in fact a vibrator from Ann Summers that my girlfriend and I had purchased two weeks previous,” the passenger said.

The airport's D terminal was reopened at noon.

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