I was about to bite into one of the most heavenly foods on the planet, a fluffy Danish, ‘Snegle’ pastry, (a cinnamon bun, shaped like a snail’s shell that is sold in Denmark), when I heard my name called out over the public address system in the airport terminal. Surely that can’t be me? They repeated the name. Yep, I think they want me. Come urgently, the voice said.
Dreadful thoughts swirled about my head. Loved ones or friends mortally injured in a car accident, gasping their last breath, last-minute flight changes, dire medical warnings or some legal transgression I was about to be arrested for? Had someone planted drugs in my luggage?
Then I saw her, an armed security guard standing alert and bolt upright in the middle of the terminal floor, eyebrows deeply furrowed speaking quickly into a walkie talkie and cautioning passengers milling around her to keep their distance and “stay back!” At her feet, lay my humble and slightly daggy navy blue backpack. Uh oh.
I’d been filling in time awaiting a flight departing from Kastrup airport, in Copenhagen, Denmark aimlessly wandering the duty-free stores, when unbeknownst to me my backpack, (my carry on luggage), had fallen off my baggage trolley in the middle of the terminal floor causing a mild security scare, as it was considered a bomb threat. The bag must have laid there for around 10 minutes or so before security spotted it and went into a code alert!
Thankfully, the security guard allowed me to collect the backpack without further interrogation, scolding me for a false alarm and advised me I was very lucky indeed, as any longer and security would have removed it – she didn’t elaborate what this meant. It may have been confiscated/detonated/disposed of, along with the contents within. I didn’t want to think about it.
It was a lesson for me to be way more careful pushing around those carts.
Later today I will be posting a blog and photographic challenge that centres around an airport theme. The challenge is very flexible and you may write, post a photo or participate in any way you’d like.