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Woman Makes Bomb Joke and Ends Up in Police Custody

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 18, 2015

Woman Makes Bomb Joke and Ends Up in Police Custody

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By now, it should be common knowledge that, no matter how hilarious that bomb joke sounds in your head, you might not want to try out your material on airline security agents. One passenger, it seems, doesn't share that common knowledge.

According to, a woman preparing to fly from Frankfurt, Germany, to Vienna, Austria, on Sunday was going through security at Frankfurt Airport when she asked the security officials a question in jest.

As her bag was going through the X-Ray machine, the woman reportedly asked, “So, did you find the bomb?”

Instead of extending a courtesy chuckle to a patently tone-deaf joke, the security forces at the airport subjected her to a rigorous search and interrogation, and the airport did not allow her to board the flight to Vienna.

Frankfurt police who arrived at the site of the incident told The Local the woman made comments about a bomb being in her luggage on several different occasions. The local police arrested the passenger and charged her with breach of the peace.

Unbelievably, bad decision-making plagues many people who decide they want to fly. During an April flight in India, a man hitting on a flight attendant used the word hijack during his conversation and found himself in local police custody as well.

At the end of the day, passengers attempting to get through the flight experience with minimal headaches must use common sense in these situations. Jokes about bombs and hijackings are rarely funny even outside the confines of an airport. Inside, when alert is already understandably high, they can be disastrous. Be smart.

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