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Some Genius Brought a "Grenade-Shaped Lighter" To MIA and Sparked an Evacuation

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There's a new guy to add to the list of airport travelers you hate, right alongside the lady who can't fathom taking off her high heels at the metal detector, the drunk salesman who pushes out into the aisle the second after the plane lands and, of course, shrieking hell-baby. Say hi to the traveler who thought flying with a "grenade-shaped lighter" was a fantastic idea.

Miami International Airport was partially evacuated early this morning after screeners found what looked like a grenade in some luggage.

The incident started just after 5 a.m. inside Terminal D, one of MIA's busiest concourses where many American Airline flights are housed.

One entire security area, Checkpoint Three, was evacuated and a Miami-Dade bomb squad was called in to assist when screeners noticed what looked like a grenade in a traveler's luggage. Hundreds of other passengers had to cram into American Airlines' other checkpoints, snarling early morning lines, the Miami Herald reports.

Police soon determined that the "grenade" was in fact harmless.

"It was determined that the item was a cigarette lighter with the outside covering of a small grenade," Det. Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, says in a statement.

The passenger, who hasn't been identified, won't be criminally charged. But he or she deserves all the scorn you can throw their way.

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12 comments
Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

I dont know who's more dumb...but I'm gonna bring a gun shaped vibrator on board to see what happens..lol

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

It took airport security a whole evacuation to figure out it was just a lighter? Genuises!

j.pollo
j.pollo

The person deserves recognition for showing the ineptitude of the TSA. How abiut just looking at the thing? But no, anything to demonstrate the efficiency of the inspectors. And shame on all who are knocking the guy, you are the reason why things are as they are.

Paul M. Conley
Paul M. Conley

Anyone who does this should be immediately added to the no fly list!

Soror Lourdes Metz
Soror Lourdes Metz

The genius is the government alarming everyone for anything!!!!!!!! On our local news I started bitching because for them anything is suspicious this and that and frightening children who might be watching the news with their parents. Wake Up people... this is how our government wants us to feel, always in fear.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

And jackass of the month award goes to...

Soror Lourdes Metz
Soror Lourdes Metz

Well, let me tell you, before 9/11 everything was just fine. I remember when my child was a baby I went to the airport to meet someone and went through the security posts, etc. and my baby was holding a kitchen timer. Not me nor the officer could take it away from him because he started screaming, so the officer without alarming him started examine it and realized it was what it was and let me pass. NOW my baby would have been jailed and given a cavity search!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

It's a reason why I fly out of FLL when I do travel. That and the traffic thing.

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