A tipsy Norwegian tourist who fell asleep on the luggage belt in Italy's largest airport reportedly made his way around the main baggage area for 15 whole minutes before someone noticed.
36-year-old Oysten Soora, who arrived at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport with a beer in hand and hopped the check-in counter when no attendant could be found, decided to take a nap on the baggage belt and was ultimately picked up by an X-ray scanner after being conveyed across some 160 feet.
Officials at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport said security measures were not to blame for the mishap. "It's impossible to avoid a situation like this if there's no employee at the check-in desk," said an airport police officer.
According to one official, this sort of thing happens all the time, and a fail-safe was put in place 10 years ago after a similar incident involving a homeless man. "There's usually an episode like this once a year and we are alert," the official is quoted as saying.
The Norwegian was transported to the hospital for examination before being handed over to the authorities. He was eventually released and returned to Oslo.