Officials at Rome’s Fiumicino airport have spoken out to defend the airport’s security protocols after they came into question after reports emerged that a drunk Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt.
The 36-year-old man, passed out or fell asleep (you choose) on the belt, after finding it unattended. He travelled 160 feet, before an X-ray scanner spotted the anomaly!
Armed with his backpack and a can of beer that he probably didn’t need, the Norwegian was supposed to be checking in for a flight to Oslo. When there was no one at the desk, he made himself comfortable! It is reported that he travelled for approximately 15 minutes through the secure baggage area of Terminal 3 before he was noticed!
When security officials tried to wake the man, they had a bit of trouble, he was all curled up in the fetal position and had fallen into a deep sleep! Officials eventually managed to wake him from his slumber and he was taken to a nearby hospital because they were concerned incase the powerful X-rays he was exposed to had caused any damage.
After doctors checked the tourist over, he was then reported to prosecutors for causing alarm at the airport and the incident is still being investigated. I bet he wishes he had just fallen asleep in the pub like a normal drunk person!
A senior airport police officer said that the incident did not expose weaknesses in the terminal’s security and he also added that it was not the first time that incidents like this involving “drunks or people with psychological problems” had occurred.
Another police officer was not so blasé about the incident, telling the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “It’s impossible to avoid a situation like this if there’s no employee at the check-in desk.”