Passengers at an International Airport were shocked when they saw a bag on the luggage belt inscribed with the words ‘Bomb to Brisbane’. The doubtful piece of luggage, which sparks security fear at the airport, actually belonged to a grandma.
Venkata Lakshmi, 65, was welcomed by officials from the Australian Federal Police at the Brisbane airport, where she had travelled from Mumbai.
Ms Lakshmi's daughter, Devi Jyothiraj, who has lived in Australia for ten years, shared with Yahoo News that her mother was humiliated over what she described as ‘a mix-up’. She meant to write Bombay, not bomb.
She said, “My mother told me they consider something was in there and people were frightened. They asked her to unfasten the bag and asked her why it says bomb and she said ‘It's for Bombay!’”.
Ms Lakshmi, who was travelling to Australia to rejoice her birthday with her daughter and her relatives, was apparently worried about flying alone and wanted to write the airport she departed from and her destination on her bag.
"She began writing Bombay before realizing she had no gap to fit it all letters of the city name in so she stopped at Bomb and wrote Bomb to Brisbane with Mumbai beneath.”
Her childlike slip, however, left many panicking at the airport, where an area near the luggage carousel was cordoned off and passengers ushered left.
“It was with a whole cluster of bags and I just saw the word ‘Bomb’, “a traveler who spotted the bag next to hers at the airport said.
Even if Ms Lakshmi was asked in for an interview by the Federal Police, they soon realized that the whole thing was a misinterpretation and let her go after checking the inside of her bag. But the whole sight makes everyone panic for few minutes who were present at the spot.