Authorities at Stuttgart airport temporarily detained a German man Tuesday after he repeatedly told security personnel he had explosives in his underwear.
Police said a full-body search of the 42-year-old did not turn up any explosives. However, Tuifly airline refused to let the man, his wife and daughter board the plane to Egypt where they had planned to have a vacation.
The police said the family would not be refunded for the cost of their trip and could expect a fine of up to 1,000 euros ($1,495 Cdn) and possible additional costs. The names of the man and his family were withheld in accordance with German privacy laws.
The man was apparently making a joke about the failed attempt by a Nigerian man to set off a bomb on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, is accused of trying to ignite explosives concealed in his underwear on the Northwest Airlines flight.