Granny just got cooler (Image for representative purposes only) Image: Thinkstock
Passengers and airport security at Brisbane airport were left stunned as the aforementioned bag appeared. The black bag had a large label slapped across that read, in caps, Bomb to Brisbane, along with the passenger's name. As soon as a lady spotted this suspicious item, she raised an alarm.
"I didn’t know what to make of it to be honest, I thought it may have been a joke. But when I saw the police officers come over then I realised it was a bit more serious," she told Yahoo7 News.
So, this caused a bit of an issue at #Brisbane airport. Police cordoned off part of the terminal after this bag popped out on the luggage belt. The passenger was coming from Mumbai, formerly Bombay.— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) April 5, 2018
Airport code: BOM. #CommonwealthGames2018 pic.twitter.com/p7qgTFLMsX
The natural reaction was to secure the area. The area was cordoned off and everyone waited anxiously to find out what was actually going on. And here's where this super serious Mission Impossible-esque plotline turns into a comedy. A Bollywood comedy, to be precise.
Turns out the 'bomb' on the label actually meant Bombay, the city we all love. Bombay was renamed as Mumbai in 1995, and we can assure you this wasn't even close to the reasons for its rechristening. However, it ought to have been.
The bag in question belonged to an old grandmother, who clearly is still sentimental about old school Bombay rather than Mumbai, and unwittingly caused such a ruckus. Phew, grandma, you nearly gave everyone a heart attack!
Now, the fact that the bag passed security checks in Mumbai is clear, obviously bomb means Bombay in Mumbai. But what really made the airport security at Brisbane believe that someone who was carrying explosives would actually write it across the bag so as to grab all the attention, beats me. Your thoughts?