This Grandma Freaked An Airline Out With Her Ill-Conceived Luggage Label
There are few key words I've learned to stay away from uttering in an airport, especially because I'm Muslim and all.
"Bomb" is definitely one of them. It's right up there with Allahu Akbar.
And it's not like you can blame people for being freaked out in an airport, over the past few years, especially in the wake of September 11th, more and more precautions are being set in place at airports thanks to a bunch of scumbag terrorists ruining it for the rest of us.
Understandably, people are on edge, so even joking about having a weapon in that kind of situation isn't funny, like, at all. Anything and everything that may refer to an act of violence in an airport is treated with the utmost seriousness, which is exactly why this Grandma's baggage label caused such a ruckus at Brisbane Airport.
Imagine waiting for your suitcase and seeing "Bomb to Brisbane" circulating the the luggage carousel.
"Heh, I feel bad for whoever's in Brisbane!
Wait a minute...I'M IN BRISBANE!"
That may sound like a totally made-up scenario, and it is, for the most part, but passengers did spot the bag and alert airport staff and authorities about the suspicious writing.
In fact, the bag caused such a commotion that a chunk of the airport was closed off just in case there really was a bag in the bomb.
As it turns out though, the "BOMB" was just an abbreviation for "Bombay", which is now called "Mumbai", despite there being a gin named after the city.
If she wanted to abbreviate Bombay, why didn't she just write "BOM" instead? I think people would've been less afraid of that than the word "BOMB", plus she only removed two letters...I just don't get it.
Some Indian Twitter users wondered just how in the heck a package with the word "bomb" made it out of an Indian airport.
In her defense, she is a grandma, and probably still thinks airports are operating at the same level of concern as they did decades ago.
Some people found the whole situation hilarious.
While others were convinced that Grandma knew exactly what she was doing.
Some thought that even if it was a mistake, she should be held accountable for freaking people out.
Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, if you're planning at pranking people at an airport, stick to stuff that aren't going to get the authorities involved.
Like fooling commuters into thinking there are power outlets when there aren't any.
Or welcoming total strangers off of their flight.
Or, if you manage to get a hold of the PA system, you could pull something like this off.
Actually, maybe not that one.