Here’s one more “This Bike is a Pipe Bomb” sticker story. This time, instead of closing down Ohio University which is what happened in 2006 when a bike with the sticker on it created a hoopla until the authorities found out that the bike was just a bike, the airport in Memphis, Tennessee became a clogged up mess.
Yesterday the bicycle with the sticker on it was found chained outside of Terminal C which set off a bomb scare. Terminal C and the passenger drop-off area around the bicycle was cleared until a K-9 dog confirmed that the bicycle was just a bicycle. Clearing the terminal and the passenger drop-off area created quite the scene as cars clogged the road and passengers got out of cars to try to hoof it to the airport to catch a flight. Some of the flights were delayed.
According to the news clip on the MY Fox Memphis Web site, the person who owned the bicycle was taken into custody for questioning and was released.
The response of the airport police was the same as the response of the Ohio University police when they found out that “This Bike is a Pipe Bomb” is the name of a Florida punk band and that the stickers on bicycles are not uncommon. Better safe than sorry.
[Photo: Jeff Moser / Bike Carson]