Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne caused quite a commotion earlier in the month when he brought a non-explodable grenade to Oklahoma Airport. Although the incident occurred on November 10, reports have only just surfaced as to the extent of the fiasco.
As reported by Spin, an x-ray scan of Coyne’s luggage alerted security to a grenade-like object. A search of Coyne’s bags uncovered a hand grenade, and the ensuing calamity led to Oklahoma Airport shutting down, causing other travellers to miss their flights.
As Coyne explained to Pitchfork, with a lack of foresight he had taken the gold painted non-explodable grenade as a souvenir from a house party the night before. Once the keepsake was discovered, Oklahoma Airport went into lockdown, with Coyne at the centre of the incident.
“They [airport security] all believed what I was saying; they all believed it was just a dumb accident,” Coyne told Pitchfork. “The bomb squad guy came out, and once he comes out, there’s two weeks of paperwork that has to be filled out. Everybody could immediately tell what it was. But it’s too late– the merry-go-round had to go its whole way around before you could get off.”
Although Coyne publicly apologised via his Twitter account that same day, The Lost Ogle, an Oklahoma-based blog, has posted a firsthand account of a traveller who is allegedly out of pocket $1000 thanks to Coyne’s actions. The unidentified commuter has asked Coyne to reimburse them for the two extra tickets they were forced to purchase or, as a form of minimum compensation, for Coyne to drop acid with them.
This weekend (November 10th) I was flying out to Vegas. Wayne Coyne’s (fake?) grenade caused TSA to lockdown the airport. I was stuck near the food court, wasn’t able to cross the airport to get to my gate. Flight left without me, all because of Wayne Coyne. Frontier didn’t have another flight available to Vegas unto Monday, I got back Tuesday. Only option was to shell out $500 bucks for 2 literally last minute tickets on Southwest. I think Wayne Coyne should reimburse me, at a minimum I want to drop acid with him and Yoko Ono. Can you help me out to let Wayne know that his music is fucking weird and I could use that $1000 ASAP. Thanks
Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!moby.to/gf33hv
— Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne) November 10, 2012