'Penis pump bomb' case dropped

Chicago - Prosecutors dropped all charges against a man who said an airport security guard misunderstood him when she thought he said a sexual device in his backpack was really a bomb.

Mardin Amin, who appeared in a Cook County circuit court on Wednesday, has said he actually told the female security guard at O'Hare International Airport last month that the small, black object was a "pump" - as in a penis pump.

Prosecutors chose to follow the lead of the transportation safety administration, which recently concluded that the matter did not warrant prosecution, said Cook County state's attorney spokesperson John Gorman.

Amin, 29, an Iraqi-born Skokie, Illinois resident had been charged with felony disorderly conduct and faced up to three years in prison if convicted.

His attorney, Eileen O'Neill-Burke, did not immediately return a message on Wednesday seeking comment.

She explained earlier that her client was embarrassed to explain the object to the security guard in front of his mother, who was travelling with him - so he whispered.

The guard misunderstood his accented English, and thought he said "bomb," O'Neill-Burke said.

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