It turns out Graeme Dott's cue was not damaged in an airport after all, although it was damaged somehow and he is now using a new one.
"I don't know where people get these stories from," Graeme told global-snooker.com.
Well, in my case I got it out of a newspaper. I know it's hard to believe, but very occasionally even journalists get the wrong end of the stick, or in this case the cue.
I would like to apologise for impuning the integrity of baggage handlers everywhere.