Airport Shuts Down And Calls in Bomb Squad All Because Of … Dog Toys

Written by: Regina Lizik

April 1, 2016

This is one of those stories so hard to believe that you’ll probably think it’s an April Fools joke, but it’s not – I swear.

Yesterday, Peoria International Airport shut down for hours after a TSA agent discovered dynamite in one woman’s suitcase.

Authorities evacuated the airport and took the woman into custody. There was also a jar of liquid and an aerosol can in her luggage.

Are you confused yet? So were authorities. The three sticks of “dynamite” in question were actually dog toys. All we have to go on are the X-ray versions, but I assume the toys look something like this:


One would think authorities would have rounded up the pup for questioning, but, in an even more confusing turn, the toys didn’t even belong to a dog. It turns out that the woman works with health clinics to train them on identifying suspicious packages. She uses the dynamite dog toys as one of her props.

Who knew dog toys could look so authentic? I didn’t.

Despite her assertions, authorities still had a bomb robot open her luggage to make sure that the items were, in fact, toys. There’s no word on whether or not the robot played fetch with the sticks.

All joking aside, this is a serious matter and kudos to the TSA agent for flagging the suspicious package – even though it was all bark and no bite.

Feature image via @PetsOnPlanes/Instagram.

h/t Chicago Patch.

Written by: Regina Lizik

April 1, 2016