Terrible stories about holidaymakers losing their bags can lead to anxiety for many travelers. But one Norwegian tourist got to experience a side of travel that no man, probably, has experienced before – he simply decided to join his bag.
Security handlers at Rome’s Fiumicino airport have defended their procedures after a drunk Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt and travelled nearly 160 feet before being identified by an X-ray scanner, according to a report in the Italian daily La Repubblica.
The 36-year-old man, who has not been named, arrived at the international terminal of Italy’s busiest airport at the end of last month with a backpack and a can of beer in his hand.
The Norwegian was due to check in for a flight to Oslo and when he found no one on duty at the airline desk he leapt across the counter and fell into a deep asleep on the baggage belt with his bag beside him.
As the belt began to move the unsuspecting tourist reportedly travelled for 15 minutes through the secure baggage area in Terminal 3 before officials spotted his body curled up in a foetal position in an X-ray image on their monitors.
He slept through the whole episode and airport police had trouble waking him when they were called to the scene to investigate what had happened.
A senior officer with Fiumicino airport police said on Thursday the incident exposed no weaknesses in the terminal’s security and it was not the first kind of incident involving “drunks or people with psychological problems”.
“There’s usually an episode like this once a year and we are alert,” the official told the UK’s Telegraph. “In this case we were notified we sounded the alarm immediately and we took action.”
Another police officer told the Italian daily, La Repubblica: “It’s impossible to avoid a situation like this if there’s no employee at the check-in desk.”
Once awoken, the man was taken to the nearby hospital over concerns surrounding his X-ray exposure. He was then reported to prosecutors at Civitavecchia and faces charges for causing alarm.
Last month, airport security staff in the United Arab Emirates were given a shock when they spotted a five-month-old hidden in luggage on a bag scanner, reports The Daily Mail.
The Egyptian husband and wife arrived at Sharjah International Airport but were held at immigration as they did not have a visa for the newborn, according to Gulf News.
Officials allowed them to stay until the relevant office re-opened on the Sunday. But in their desperation, the couple decided to make a run for it when the staff changed at the end of their shift
However, they still needed to get through Customs screening, so they put the baby into a bag and bundled him through the X-ray machine.
But their plan became unstuck when security staff noticed the outline of the body on the monitor.