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Bright Spark Sets Off Security Alarm With Pocket Full of Fireworks

Posted August 18, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Fireworks  You may not be able to bring a bottle of water or a nail-clipper with you on your flight, but it seems you may just be able to get away with some fireworks.

Despite being known for their strict measures, it seems customs and security staff at two US airports somehow allowed Paul Jones board his flights with 200 fireworks in his pocket. The security faux pas was only discovered when Jones arrived at Heathrow airport.

The Briton was attending Independence Day celebrations in Kansas and decided to take the leftover fireworks home to Manchester with him. He claims he did not realise the threat to security he posed by tucking them into his pocket and carrying them onboard his flight. Security staff missed spotting the fireworks even though he had to remove them from his pocket and place them in trays before stepping through the airports’ metal detectors.

The fireworks were finally discovered when security staff at Heathrow Airport requested permission to look through Jones’s suitcase. Jones was allowed to leave with the fireworks, as well as a lighter that was in his pocket, when he explained how they came to be in his possession. 


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