Disney World suspends bus service after suspicious device found under bus

Posted Friday, September 18, 2009 10:43 AM | Contributed by rollergator

Walt Disney World's buses were removed from service after a suspicious object was found mounted on one during an inspection. A bomb squad spent 3 ½ hours examining the device, which turned out to be harmless. Disney workers inspected the entire fleet of about 300 buses as a precaution. They were returned to service, one by one, as soon as they were deemed safe.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, September 18, 2009 11:12 AM

Is anyone else annoyed that they never describe the "device" in these situations? I've just gotta imagine that to really cause suspicion, it's gotta be menacing looking.

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Friday, September 18, 2009 11:36 AM

I'm not sure it needs to look all that menacing. It just needs to look completely out of place. We had a situation in one of our parks where there was a full milk bottle filled with a liquid that was obviously not milk and there was a towel wrapped around it. It has been placed in an empty handicapped parking space immediately outside the entrance to a building.

It didn't look menacing but we called the cops and closed the building until it was found to be nothing.

I'm thinking the next "target" of international or domestic terrorism is likely something like an amusment park or a sports stadium. It might not be as large a scale as something like 9/11 but it could pull at the nation's emotions just as significantly.

I don't mind being slowed down on my way into the Magic Kingdom to have my bags checked but having worked at the park I know that any wrong doing likely won't walk in the front gate.

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Friday, September 18, 2009 11:38 AM

Yea, I wanna know what it was damn'it.

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Friday, September 18, 2009 12:38 PM

At first I thought this was like the CP incident, but the article says the device was mounted under the bus. I'm wondering how somebody could pull that off and not attract attention. How could you even do that with the bus in service, and if they're out of service, aren't they in a secure area?

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Friday, September 18, 2009 1:35 PM

wahoo skipper said:I'm thinking the next "target" of international or domestic terrorism is likely something like an amusment park or a sports stadium. It might not be as large a scale as something like 9/11 but it could pull at the nation's emotions just as significantly.

I don't mind being slowed down on my way into the Magic Kingdom to have my bags checked but having worked at the park I know that any wrong doing likely won't walk in the front gate.

Might not be as large a scale? I could care less about the property loss, so yes a sports stadium might not be as prominent as the World Trade Center towers. However, the potential loss of life could far exceed that of 9/11. The loss of life is the only thing that matters.

I do mind being slowed down by the bag checks at the Magic Kingdom. The bag checks are worthless and a total inconvenience. If people think that really protects them then they're in the group of our society that can be classified as "ignorant and stupid". Trust me, terrorists are not a part of that group and if they desire they'll get past the grandma purse check and the teenage mom diaper bag examination.

Last edited by egieszl, Friday, September 18, 2009 1:35 PM
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Friday, September 18, 2009 1:40 PM

In this post-9/11 world even a paper clip is a "device".

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Friday, September 18, 2009 2:38 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
At first I thought this was like the CP incident, but the article says the device was mounted under the bus. I'm wondering how somebody could pull that off and not attract attention. How could you even do that with the bus in service, and if they're out of service, aren't they in a secure area?

They sometime park busses unattend in the TTC parking lot. As for attaching a device without attracting attention, it would only take 2 cheap high power magnets, as the bus driver, who is attentively telling his guest about the next new expanison of the monorail system that will travel thru the swan hotel, if you get my point.

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Friday, September 18, 2009 4:39 PM

Maybe the yo yo ho left the 'device' in the Cedar Point's parking lot was at Coranado Springs at a letcure, and he accidentally left it under a bumper.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009 10:48 PM

So more info has come out on this device. It was a transponder of some sort. Authorities are trying to figure out if someone was tracking the bus or had some other intent with the device.

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Monday, September 21, 2009 3:00 PM

Could be for planning an attack. Tracking bus movements to figure out the best time place for an attack.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:22 AM

So anyhow, it was a wireless tire pressure monitor installed in 1998.

Apparently, a cast member was unfamiliar with the device and called police.

D'oh!

(edited to add link)

Last edited by kpjb, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:24 AM
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:55 AM

You would think that someone in the maintenance dept management would have looked at it before shutting down all of the buses. I can see maybe calling the cops first for that bus but wouldn't supervisors need to sign off before all of the resort's buses are shut down? Better safe than sorry.

And that had to suck for people at the resorts. We depended on the public transportation for everything (and it ran very well). About 1/2 the time, we were on buses.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 12:30 PM

kpjb said:
So anyhow, it was a wireless tire pressure monitor installed in 1998.

Apparently, a cast member was unfamiliar with the device and called police.

D'oh!

(edited to add link)

Or that's what they want you to think...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 2:09 AM

Actually, that's embarrassing enough that I'm inclined to believe it.

I just wonder if the "device" looked like THIS... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:13 PM

RideMan said:


I just wonder if the "device" looked like THIS... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Eh, that was more amusing in the other thread Dave

;)

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Friday, September 25, 2009 9:48 AM

I actually did that for this thread, largely because of the discussion from Jeff's original question, but with this thread quietly dying I just had to figure out a way to slip it into the other thread.

1) It's a wireless, suspicious-looking device

2) We gotta have fun with this stuff. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, September 25, 2009 12:44 PM

Good one Dave! All right, who doesn't know where that pic came from?

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Friday, September 25, 2009 1:33 PM

I didn't crop the image, so the aspect ratio alone ought to be a huge hint!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, September 25, 2009 2:06 PM

*Raises hand sheepishly* I don't know where it came from...Please, enlighten me. :)

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