U.S. volleyball player’s mom has suitcase detonated by Rio authorities

Monday August 15th, 2016

The mother of an American volleyball player had her suitcase exploded by authorities in Rio after it was deemed to be suspicious, she told The New York Times

Carli Lloyd’s mother, Cindy, said she dropped her luggage at the cruise ship she was staying on before going to her daughter’s first match last week. When she returned to the ship, authorities began questioning her about the bag’s contents and presented her with the charred remains.

Lloyd said she handed the luggage to the ship’s check-in desk, expecting it to be in her room after she returned. Instead, she was interrogated by “five or six” uniformed officers, who showed her X-rays of the suitcase. 

The cruise line will reimburse Lloyd for her clothes that were destroyed and provided free food and beverages. 

Authorities in Rio have carried out several controlled explosions during the games. A package was detonated Thursday at the basketball arena and another was disposed of near the finish line of the bicycle road race on the first day of the games.

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