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Faberge egg -- or grenade? Minnesota woman's Russian souvenir trips up German airport security

By Joe Kimball | Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Sometimes, a souvenir jeweled egg doesn't look like a harmless keepsake, especially in an airport X-ray machine, where apparently it can be mistaken for a grenade.

That's what happened Saturday to Mary McNab, a nurse at Rochester's Mayo Clinic, who was bringing home two treasures from Russia last week.

The first — and by far, more precious — was Hannah, 3½, her newly adopted daughter from Krasnoyarsk.

The second: a $70 souvenir Faberge egg, purchased from a Kremlin gift shop the day before they started home. Hannah traveled well on the long journey; it was the egg, stored in a carry-on bag, that caused some airport angst.

The two were returning to Minnesota from the three-week adoption trek and flew from Moscow to Frankfurt, where they had a two-hour wait for a connecting Lufthansa flight to Chicago.

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Added: Feb-10-2010 Occurred On: Feb-10-2010
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: Faberge egg, hand grenade, security scare
Location: Frankfurt, Bayern, Germany (load item map)
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