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Drunk Norwegian falls asleep on luggage belt

An inebriated Norwegian tourist managed to fall asleep and travel over a hundred metres on a baggage belt at Rome airport before being spotted on an x-ray.

Drunk Norwegian falls asleep on luggage belt
An airport baggage belt similar to the one in the story. Photo: Wikimedia

The 36-year-old Norwegian, who has not been named, lay down with his baggage on the belt at the airline check in in late July and promptly fell asleep, according to a report in the UK Daily Telegraph.

The belt however began to move and the man was taken on a 15 minute tour of the airport's hidden areas before officials spotted his curled up shape on an x-ray machine.

When Fiumicino Airport police arrived they are reported to have had trouble rousing the sozzled Scandinavian.

Despite the man's impromptu 100 metre trip behind the scenes of Italy's busiest international airport, airport police claimed that security is tight. One senior officer furthermore pointed out that this is not the first time an incident of this kind has occurred.

"There's usually an episode like this once a year and we are alert," he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Before being handed over to the police, the hapless Norwegian was taken to hospital for a check up following his exposure to the powerful x-rays and he is reported not to have suffered any serious injury.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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