US tourists attempt to board plane with unexploded bomb

Bad idea: picking up an old, unexploded bomb.

Worst idea: deciding to keep an old, unexploded bomb as a souvenir.

The absolute worst idea: Carry an old, unexploded bomb to the airport in your luggage and attempt to take it on a plane.

A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv after an American family attempted to pass through security with unexploded ordnance in their suitcase.

According to the Israel Airports Authority, the tourists approached airport security and asked about the shell as they dropped off their luggage, sparking a panicked effort to evacuate the departure hall.

Video shared on social media captured the frantic scene, with some passengers fleeing the area while others sought refuge wherever they could find it.

At least one man was injured as he fled and was later taken to hospital. The Times of Israel reports that the 32-year-old climbed onto the baggage carousel, ran over it and fell.

The family found the bomb during a visit to the Golan Heights, a disputed strip of land that Israel captured from Syria in a war in 1967, annexed in 1981 and, under international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions, illegally occupied ever since.

The area remains littered with landmines, barbed wire and unexploded bombs, minus one.

The Israel Airports Authority told CNN the family was allowed to board their flight after questioning and the incident was “currently under operational investigation.”

Tourists were not allowed to take ammunition home.


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