Red Alert

Honey Bottles Shut Down Airport

Terrorist Threat Level: Golden. A suitcase packed with honey bottles sent Fresno-area Bakersfield Meadows Field airport into lockdown Tuesday when authorities mistook the substance for liquid explosives. Gardener Francisco Ramirez's suitcase tested positive for TNT during a routine swab of the bag's exterior, prompting authorities to open it and reel at bottles filled with an amber liquid that "gives every appearance of being honey," but needed to be verified. When TSA agents opened a bottle, the AP reports, "the resulting fumes nauseated them," forcing hospitalization. Flights were temporarily halted, and Ramirez was not arrested, though investigators still have his case open—and initially questioned his immigration status. (Ramirez is a legal permanent resident.)