Boston Airport Workers Hospitalized After Bag Emits Strange Odor

Just a reminder, folks¬†– don’t pack potentially hazardous materials in your bags when catching a flight. Four workers at Logan International Airport in Boston were sent the hospital when a bag reportedly started emitting a strange odor.

The Boston Globe says a hazardous materials situation was declared in the bag room where the incident went down. One passenger said the odor coming from the open bag was rodent repellant.

Whatever it was in the bag wasn’t great to work around, as 15 Transportation Safety Administration workers complained of headaches and eye and throat irritation this morning. Four of them asked to go to the hospital as a result.

An airport spokesman said no passengers were exposed to the smell, and delays were minimal at the airport. The flight went on its way without the smelly baggage.

“The room just passed an air quality test, and State Police are going through the bag trying to figure out what happened,” he said.

Mysterious odor in baggage room at Logan sickens workers [Boston Globe]


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  1. dorianh49 says:

    Sounds more like TSA repellant….

  2. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    Worker 1: Hey Bob, there’s a weird smell coming from this bag.
    Worker 2: Woohoo! Paid day off everyone! I’ll get the union rep on the phone. Whose turn is it to make the hospital run?

    • rpm773 says:

      A new meaning to the phrase “Mondays stink”

    • Vermont2US says:

      Everyone take note: this is how you turn a sad story of people being exposed to dangerous toxins into an anti-union comment. I guess if anyone is exposed to high levels of insecticide or other toxins at work then they’re supposed to just shrug it off and keep toiling away for their overlords.

      • TheMansfieldMauler says:

        Everyone take note: If you can get sick and sent to the hospital from just getting a whiff of rat poison, then how does anyone use it? Do they keep it in an airtight room at Home Depot? Does it come with a hazmat suit so you can set it out? Does it come with crime scene tape to keep everyone else at least 100 ft. away?

        Or maybe…just maybe…smelling a little rat poison isn’t something that can really hurt you.

        • Vermont2US says:

          Everyone take note: TheMansfieldMauler has no concept of the idea that one might want to go to the hospital as a precaution, not knowing exactly what one has been exposed to.

        • Conformist138 says:

          Depends on the rodent poison. Some are used with masks or even air tanks. Some are meant for general use and don’t require masks, but even then some state that high ventilation is required or you should leave the area. Since the exact nature of the poison is unknown, we can’t say if the average person would get sick.

          Also, many people have allergies or chemical sensitivities and would never knowingly expose themselves to these chemicals (or, surprise, just found out about their particular sensitivity at this moment). No different than someone eating food that has been compromised with something they’re allergic to. Just because most people are fine doesn’t mean you can slip some shellfish or peanuts in everything and expect no one to have a reaction.

          If it had turned out that there was a slightly moldy sandwich in the bag, I would be more on your side as the likelihood of people having burning eyes and throats would be nearly impossible. But being poison, I see no reason yet to say the claims were invalid.

  3. ColoradoShark says:

    Rodent repellant? And it repelled TSA workers? What can we deduce with fallacious logic?

  4. winstonthorne says:

    Pro tip: always wrap the dead hooker in plastic before stuffing her into your suitcase.

    • Kate says:

      That isn’t funny, >;( I’ve had bad smelling bags before – I didn’t wrap the salami first.

      • El_Red says:

        Try a bag full of fish, lost for two weeks by an airline; then found.
        I think that day, every employee and traveller in the airport, wished that they had no sense of smell.

        (I have no clue, why you would pack fish, but I was told by airport’s employees that strange bag contents is the norm for some travellers.)

        • eturowski says:

          Are you sure it was in a bag? My family goes fishing in Alaska every few years, and we flash-freeze the fish, pack it in dry ice inside a styrofoam box, and seal the styrofoam box inside a large cardboard box as a checked bag. It definitely won’t last two weeks, but it gets home to Ohio safely.

          • El_Red says:

            It was in a suitcase, not even wrapped in plastic. I’ve seen Agriculture’s agents picking it up for safe disposal. At that point it was considered a bio-hazard.
            Some people just have no common sense.

  5. BorkBorkBork says:

    Someone call the stink bomb squad! Ziiiing!

  6. some.nerd says:

    Uh-oh… sounds like season 3 of “24” all over again!

  7. Shinchan - Please assume that all of my posts are sarcastic unless indicated otherwise says:

    I once had a bag that emmitted strange odors. That divorce was the best decision I every made…

    • Shinchan - Please assume that all of my posts are sarcastic unless indicated otherwise says:

      it was also the best decision I ever made…

  8. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

    Sounds like the “Toxic Lady” case all over again.