Baggage screening staff at Rome’s Fiumicino airport shut down their conveyor belt after spotting a tourist asleep inside an operational X-ray machine.
Airport staff have confirmed to Airports International that the as-yet unnamed 36 year-old man was thought to have climbed over a check-in desk and lay down on the belt where he later fell asleep. When the belt was activated, he is estimated to have travelled for about 160ft (50m) before entering the x-ray machine while still asleep. When screening staff spotted the man they shut down the system and alerted the airport’s security
Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reports that the man appeared to have been drinking heavily and that he now faces police charges relating to the incident.
An article about a new system being developed by Vanderlande to prevent people from entering airports’ baggage systems can be found in the June 2012 edition of Airports International magazine.