When we flew home from OR last September, we left the Eugene Airport around 6 in the morning, I think. As we were landing in Denver, I saw a fire truck by the runway with its lights on.

Shortly thereafter the pilot got on the intercom and announced that we were going to have to stop on the runway and have the cargo hold searched, there were reports of a suspicious package on board.

The plane stopped, and more fire trucks and emergency vehicles with lights on were coming from all over. We were instructed to leave all our stuff on the plane and get off immediately.

So we did, and they brought out the space suits and search dogs and started going over the plane.

I thought, man, if there’s a bomb on there we’re sure standing close to the plane! They eventually had us move farther away.

I couldn’t grab the camera before we got off, but I had the cell phone so I took these pics with it.

It turns out that morning in Eugene they found a simulated bomb in somebody’s luggage. They nabbed it, but unfathomably they let the guys get on our plane! They ended up shutting down and evacuating the entire Eugene airport at 6:30 am for about 4 hours.

So since the people who had the fake bomb were on our plane, that’s what caused our problems. Our pilot knew nothing about the whole thing until the approach to Denver.

They took the two people right away, and after an hour or so probably of messing around trying to figure out what to do, they let us back on the plane and taxied us up to the terminal.

Fortunately we had a long layover, so we didn’t miss our next flight.