Drunk Passes Out on Airport Baggage Belt

Norwegian takes a snooze in Rome
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2012 3:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – A drunk Norwegian tourist ended up taking a ride with his bag at Rome's Fiumicino airport. When the 36-year-old man found the checkout counter for his flight to Oslo unstaffed, he fell asleep on the baggage belt—still clutching his beer—and remained passed out as he and his bag moved through the airport's secure baggage area for 15 minutes, the Telegraph reports. Workers eventually spotted him on X-ray monitor screens.

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After airport cops managed to wake the Norwegian from his deep sleep, he was taken to a local hospital due to concern about his exposure to X-rays. He's now facing charges over the incident. Officials at the airport, which is Italy's busiest, defended their security procedures. "There's usually an episode like this once a year, and we are alert," explained an official. "In this case we were notified, we sounded the alarm immediately, and we took action." (Read more airport stories.)

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