Spree Drummer's Mic Causes Airport Shutdown

The next time Polyphonic Spree member Brian Teasley gets on a plane, he promises he'll ship his custom-made microphone rather than pack it in his suitcase. That same device shut down five gates at Dal

The next time Polyphonic Spree member Brian Teasley gets on a plane, he promises he'll ship his custom-made microphone rather than pack it in his suitcase. That same device shut down five gates at Dallas Fort Worth-International Airport last week.

The percussionist had been in Austin, Texas, where the 25-member group taped an episode of the PBS series "Austin City Limits," and was taking a Thursday flight to his home in Birmingham, Ala. With plans to do some recording at home, he put the microphone in his suitcase, he said in Saturday editions of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

When his suitcase didn't show up on the baggage carousel in Birmingham, he filled out the missing luggage paperwork and went home. He didn't know the suitcase wasn't there because it was under scrutiny at the Texas airport.

A terminal area and several gates were closed briefly after a routine baggage screening detected the device, which raised concerns because of the wires and threading caps running through it. A bomb disposal robot removed it.

By the time Teasley arrived home, he had quite a reception. "I had Taco Bell in my hand, and all of a sudden, these cars block me in my driveway. They've all got tinted windows, 'X-Files' style," he said. "Then here comes one guy with a bulletproof vest on, another with a gun showing. It was a very harrowing day."


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