Would governments create bomb scares in order to justify heightened security? Nah, they wouldn’t do a thing like that, because they have only our best interests in mind. The initial news of the “bomb” was blasted all over the news. The subsequent news that the bomb was a fake received much less widespread coverage.
When a suspicious package was identified at Windhoek airport in Namibia on Thursday, the flight was halted, the Munich-bound passengers delayed and news sped round the world that an x-ray scanner had been found with batteries attached by wires to a detonator and a ticking clock.
Today, however, a German government minister revealed the bizarre truth: the bomb was fake, manufactured in the US to test airport security. It was not yet clear who had planted “test suitcase”, the German interior minister, Thomas de Mazière, said, but the one fact they had established was that the device had been manufactured by a US company that specialises in alarm systems. At no time were passengers’ lives in danger.
Read more at The Guardian.