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Drunk tourist ends up on baggage belt at Rome airport

Passed-out Norwegian spotted on X-ray monitor, reports say

Drunk tourist ends up on baggage belt at Rome airport

(ANSA) - Rome, August 9 - Italy's civil aviation authority on Thursday asked the operator of Rome's Fiumicino airport to explain how a Norwegian tourist ended up on baggage-claim conveyor belt and passed under an X-ray machine. Following a preliminary investigation, Enac said the accident involved a passenger "who had already cleared an airport security check and wasn't carrying any dangerous objects with him". According to media reports, the 36-year-old man had been spotted drinking heavily after arriving at a terminal to check in for a flight to Oslo. When he found no one at the airline counter, he is believed to have fallen asleep on top of his bag placed on the conveyor belt and then fell asleep, getting dragged along. Staff at the airport reportedly only noticed the man when his X-ray appeared on a security scanner. The man was taken to a local hospital to undergo medical checks. Police Thursday denied the incident had exposed any security risks at the airport, one of Europe's busiest and Italy's main intercontinental hub. An officer told Italian daily La Repubblica: "It's impossible to avoid a situation like this if there's no employee at the check-in desk". The aviation authority asked airport personnel to be extra vigilant of any "eventual anomalies".

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