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CA Airport Closed Over Bottles Of Honey

From a seemingly a unfazed Reuters:

"Explosive" at California airport found to be honey

By Dan Whitcomb And Steve Gorman Tue Jan 5

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities shut down a California airport on Tuesday after a suspicious amber liquid in a passenger’s bag tested positive for explosives — only to ultimately determine that the substance was honey.

Francisco Ramirez, a 31-year-old gardener who had been visiting family in the central California city of Bakersfield, was allowed to return home to Milwaukee.

"The substances in the bottles did turn out to be honey. They tested negative for all explosives and narcotics. It is nothing but honey," FBI spokesman Steve Dupre told Reuters

Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, was shut down and evacuated for hours and flights diverted after the incident, which began when Ramirez’ bag set of an alarm in a luggage-screening machine.

U.S. Transportation and Security administration screeners turned up five Gatorade bottles full of what they called a "suspicious-looking liquid." Swabs of the bag and bottles tested positive for the explosives TNT and TATP.

When the bottles were opened, two of the screeners smelled a strong chemical odor, complained of nausea and were rushed to a local hospital, where they treated and released, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Michael Whorf said.

Kern County Sheriffs deputies, fire crews, FBI agents and members of a "joint terrorism task force" responded to the scene and spent the day questioning Ramirez before further tests showed that the liquid was honey.

After the all clear was given, officials said they were trying to determine why the honey tested positive for explosives and made the screeners so ill that they would need medical attention.

Could it be incompetence? Stupidity? Wanting to get some time off and maybe some money for their pain and suffering?

"There are some questions I think are going to have to be followed up on," Dupre said. He said that Ramirez was "free to go" and would likely be home in Milwaukee by Wednesday.

Ramirez, who Whorf described as "very cooperative," had originally been booked on a flight from Bakersfield to Milwaukee with a connection through San Francisco.

In an unrelated incident halfway across the country on Tuesday, a bomb-sniffing dog detected what was thought to be explosives in a piece of luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a terminal and delayed flights there.

No explosives were found in the bag.

Hysteria and the power of suggestion your tax dollars at work.

Still, it doesn’t instill much confidence in our security system that an airport can be closed down, people rushed to the hospital, and sheriffs deputies, fire crews, FBI agents and members of a ‘joint terrorism task force’ get called in for something that should be easily recognized as harmless by any rational human being.

But of course Janet Napolitano would say ‘the system worked.’

We would say the terrorists won again.

We would also add that we desperately need to upgrade our TSA personnel.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “CA Airport Closed Over Bottles Of Honey”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “We would also add that we desperately need to upgrade our TSA personnel”

    You get what you pay for. I watched as thisw whole TSA thing arrived and grew into a haven for incompetents. Full utilization of affirmative action policies and politics has resulted in people who cannot think outside the box from the days they used to live in them.

    While heading to the rodeo one summer trip, I was in boots/buckle and hat and this one TSA puke says, “Look, it’s Garth Brooks” and laughed. And I looked at him and said, “Hey, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, how’s it going”. His smile turned to a frown and he got angry. Imagine that. That was in 2002.

    Careful observation of these TSA personnel has led me to believe they are largely inept, incapable, angry little people with uniforms. I no longer travel unless I have to due to their incompetence and attitude problems.

  2. proreason says:

    Canary in the coal mine.

  3. 2old2givea says:

    Just wait until their under Andy Sterns’ wing…

  4. canary says:

    Maybe, there was a tiny amount of explosives mixed in the honey, as a test to see if honey and it’s complex of many pollens could disguise the smell of explosives. After all they have ingredients to make things odor less.

    The airlines are going to downplay everything and anything so people aren’t afraid to fly.

  5. Liberals Demise says:


  6. caligirl9 says:

    Worker’s Comp! Lifetime trauma claim! Cumulative damages! Those employees will make more money on disability than working!

  7. Right of the People says:

    These are probably the same clowns who scream when someone brings in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I actually saw someone grasp their throat and begin to choke when I held out an UNOPENED cellophane bag of peanuts and asked if they wanted any. They screamed for me to get them away from them and said they were allergic. Later I opened them and ate them standing three feet behind this same ass clown and he never even noticed. If he was that allergic, we’d have been giving him CPR, or not.

    It’s a good thing our generation wasn’t allergic to peanuts because half of my friends in grade school would have starved, we lived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s all the Victim mentality like Ann Coulter says.

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