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'Flaming Lips' Singer

Shuts Down OKC Airport

... with a GRENADE

11/20/2012 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Question: What kind of dumbass packs a freaking grenade in his carry-on ... and accidentally tries to take it onto a plane? Answer: Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne. And he shut down an Oklahoma City airport in the process.

The grenade wasn't live -- thankfully -- but according to the police report, Coyne still accidentally packed it in his bag on November 10th and triggered an alarm at the TSA checkpoint at Will Rogers airport ... like a dumbass.

Needless to say, TSA freaked ... and shut down the terminal while officers frantically tried to figure out how to handle the situation.

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And how's this for hilarious -- according to the police report, the TSA ran around like a chicken with its head cut off ... because it didn't have any "bomb guys" on duty. (Editor's note: isn't that the whole point of TSA?)

According to reports, Coyne was flying to LAX to catch a preview of the new Flaming Lips musical "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" -- and told police he was given the dead grenade at a party as a joke.

Shocker, the grenade reportedly resulted in several missed flights ... and lots of wasted money -- but once TSA determined it was harmless, they let Coyne go.

Coyne tweeted following the incident to make up for the SNAFU, writing, "Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced by my grenade at OKC airport."



Thanks to thelostogle.com for the pic.

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Caliwestsidegirl    

TMZ.... it's coz YOU can't fix STUPID.

613 days ago
17.

Mumra the Ever Living    

TMZ, you people are Freaking IDIOTS,
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First of all, there is nothing hilarious about this . . . absolutely nothing.
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Second, there is no such thing as "BOMB GUYS" - they are called Bomb disposal teams and they truly are a team. Up to half a dozen people, all specially trained and forever practicing their trade. They have an enormous amount of equipment and between the people, the constant training and the equipment it would cost MILLIONS OF DOLLARS per team. throw in the fact that each airport would have to have a minimum of four teams (three shifts working seven hours a day) and imagine the cost - hundreds of Millions per year for all the airports in the United States.
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I don't know who writes your stories, but they are either 12 years old or stone cold idiots who don't have a freaking clue.
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Hilarious my azz!!!

613 days ago
18.

Toilethead    

What a moron.

613 days ago
19.

Tony    

I really wish everyone would stop picking on the TSA! It really is unfair. They are there to protect us all!

613 days ago
20.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

hope dis foo' gets da bill for all the extra costs his STUPIDITY cost ME.............Laming Flips ... eieieieie

613 days ago
21.

xsnake    

Maybe they should hire some veterans to do these jobs, instead of hysterical bedwetters.
Contact the guy who belongs to the luggage ask briefly question him....then make a sensible decision.

613 days ago
22.

thomas    

Idiot. And he wasn't charged? TSA at the small airports wouldn't have a clue how to deal with a real terrorist.

613 days ago
23.

olecap    

We can only hope...

613 days ago
24.

Lee    

So now we know just how (in)-effective TSA is. Gosh, I'm sure glad they are at the airport feeling up little boys. I feel so much safer!!!

613 days ago
25.

Max Smart    

Moronic & incredibly selfish.

613 days ago
26.

JUSTACITIZEN    

I'm confused. In 1995, innocent civilians including tiny children suffered agonizing deaths. Is there anything about this outrage that is "hilarious?"

613 days ago
27.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

ass_hole

613 days ago
28.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I think the word to remember here is GRENADE. If any of you people think you'd approach any type of bomb I beg you to go ahead and do it in order to rid the planet of more stupid people. It wasn't a gun, which probably won't go off by itself it was a GRENADE. Do you read???

613 days ago
29.

cobrazombie    

You get water-boarded for carrying a nail file but that moron walks after packing a grenade? WTF???

613 days ago
30.

Metta Worldhate    

Wayne Coyne is awesome and you all suck.

And it's not his fault planes were delayed, it's the TSA's. I understand them freaking out for a second, but once they realized it was an empty metal container with no gunpowder, why should it even be an issue? Delay the guy who brought it, ok, but to delay everyone is just stupid.

613 days ago
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