Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Who will guard us from our airport guards?

The BBC reports...
Plastic explosives were mistakenly loaded onto a plane at a Paris airport after security officials lost track of it during an exercise, police say.

Around 150 grams (about five ounces) of explosive were slipped into the bag of a passenger during sniffer dog training at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

The bag ended up on one of 90 flights leaving at the time, and police are now trying to track it down. ... airlines, airports and police forces around the world have been alerted.

The package of explosive was put in a bag at the airport on Friday to see if police dogs could detect it...
Time to train another poodle.
Someone though took their eye off the ball and the baggage handler unwittingly put the bag on a plane ...

Police insist the package of explosives is no more harmful than a chocolate bar - it has no detonator and does not react to movement, shock or even fire.

But they do concede that somewhere in the world, one of the thousands of passengers who passed through the airport will get a nasty surprise when they open their luggage...
Especially if that person has a connecting flight and opens it at another airport security check.

But just when we were getting ready to take another cheap shot at the French...
Screeners let 'bomb' travel from New Jersey to Amsterdam

NEWARK, N.J. - Baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport spotted — and then lost — a fake bomb planted in luggage by a supervisor during a training exercise.

Despite an hours-long search Tuesday night, the bag, containing a fake bomb complete with wires, a detonator and a clock, made it onto an Amsterdam-bound flight. It was recovered by airport security officials in Amsterdam when the flight landed several hours later... [AP]
Though if it had landed if France it would never have been seen again.

Got the cheap shot in anyhow!

The next time you fly, it might be rational to worry more about what's in your bags after you go through airport security, rather than before.