I’m not sure how one mistakes a diaper for a bomb, but it was exactly that confusion that prompted a Florida-bound flight to divert and evacuate.
Stink Bomb: Diaper Causes Flight Diversion After Passenger Mistakes It For Bomb
On Friday, a Copa Airlines flight CM393 from Panama City (PTY) to Tampa (TPA) took off from Tocumen International Airport on time at 9:36 am. The flight was operated by Boeing 737-800.
Less than an hour later, however, the aircraft made an abrupt turn back for Panama City after a passenger onboard reported a possible bomb in the lavatory. The flight landed at 10:59 am local time. Emergency vehicles met the aircraft, which was parked at a remote stand on a parallel runway away from other traffic.
Police entered the aircraft. All passengers disembarked. The lavatory was investigated. The result: there was no bomb, just an adult diaper. We even have a picture of it:
Luego de una alerta por el @aacivilpty, de un objeto extraño en una aerolínea las unidades de Fuerzas Especiales activaron el protocolo de emergencia y al ser verificado resultó ser un pañal desechable de adulto. #Prevención pic.twitter.com/n3pBqQZki9
— Policía Nacional (@ProtegeryServir) October 13, 2023
A passenger became concerned when entering the lavatory and finding the diaper wrapped in a black plastic bag.
A police spokesperson explained:
“We had it on a secure runway where police special explosives canine units and special forces examined the object, and found it to be an adult diaper, ruling out any risk.”
The flight took off again after 2:00 pm and arrived in Tampa five hours late.
Perhaps we need to add a new line to pre-flight safety demos admonishing passengers: do not leave your diapers on the lavatory counter, especially if wrapped in a black plastic bag…