Fish luggage? Bomb squad makes odd find in luggage

Published 11:00 am Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ATLANTA — Police say a bomb squad called to the world’s busiest airport found something fishy about the unclaimed luggage at Atlanta’s international airport — spicy fish wrapped up in aluminum foil.

Baggage handlers going through unclaimed luggage Monday thought something was amiss and called police. The Atlanta Police Department shut down about half of the baggage claim area for an hour and ordered passengers to stand back 200 feet.

Upon inspection, police reported they found the package didn’t contain explosives. But the baggage handlers’ suspicions of something odd proved right.

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An investigator says a traveler apparently was trying to spice up some fish with herbs while flying, something he insisted had been seen before. Police say the fishy luggage has not been reconnected with its owner.