Pro tip: Don’t call German police Nazis unless you want your day to take a particularly unpleasant turn. In this case it was a passenger headed from the United States to India via Frankfurt who supposedly made that mistake. And it is not a good look for her.
The statement from the Bundespolizei is an entertaining read. Essentially as the passenger was transferring at Frankfurt the bag alarmed for explosives. The screeners called the German Federal Police, as per policy. A further examination cleared the bag but also uncovered a violation of the “3-1-1” liquids rule. At that point the passenger was given the option to move some liquids into a checked bag and declined in a most unfortunate manner.
The U.S. passenger reacted angrily towards these suggestions and became increasingly uncooperative. She began to insult the Federal Police officers, by calling them, among other names, “fucking bastards” and “fucking German Nazi police”, as witnesses can confirm.
Her version of the story is, well, an interesting read. She suggests that the “liquids” issue actually stemmed from a solid antiperspirant. And also that she was calling someone else in the area a Nazi, not the officer. Nonetheless, she’s the one who ended up cited and forced to pay a “deposit” of 300 euro (eventually $260 was taken) against the anticipated fees of the legal proceedings against her.
The charge? Defamation of the officer.
A flight delay and missed connection will make anyone cranky. So will dealing with a false alarm on an explosives screening and the associated annoyances there. Still, calling anyone a Nazi in Germany is a pretty bad idea. And now she’s dealing with the reality of that.
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