Soldier in airport bomb hoax??

A case of being over-zealous or soldier is need of slap?! Not much to go on really - two sides to every story and all that. From what I've read of it, whether it was ment as a joke or not stating that you have a bomb in your luggage at check-in is not the wisest move going... With the amount of reports of the odd foolish flyer doing the same, you would think people would realise that airports and airlines do not see any funny side of it at all.

A soldier was arrested after he made a joke about having a bomb in his bag at an airport check-in desk, police said.

The 20-year-old man, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, made the remark at Manchester Airport early Saturday morning.

Police were called as he checked in an over-sized bag at Terminal Three and questioned him at the airport.

The soldier, who is believed to have missed his British Airways flight, was later released on police bail until July 21.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly before 6am this morning, police officers at Manchester Airport arrested a 20-year-old man from Newark, Nottinghamshire, on suspicion of a bomb hoax.

"The man was arrested in the check-in hall at Terminal Three, intending to travel to Germany where he is a serving soldier, when he stated that he had a bomb in his bag.

"The man was later released on police bail."

A spokeswoman for British Airways confirmed that the soldier had been booked on flight BA1682 from Manchester to Dusseldorf, but refused to give any further details.

She said: "We advise members of the public not to make comments like that because we do take these matters very seriously."

An airport spokeswoman said they did not have any more information about the incident, which was now being dealt with by the police.
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Whilst the bloke is undoubtably a tosser for not realising what was likely to happen, the airlines do get very **** about this sort of thing. Firstly they know full well that real bombers generally don't declare bombs at check-in, it kinda ruins the big plan. Secondly why do they take bomb jokes as gospel, but ignore the panic stricken retractions 30 seconds later?

Blokes a fool and deserves a b0llocking, but it makes the airlines look like arrses when they piously overreact just because they can.

In my opinion. 8)
Especially when you can bring solid metal "Pineapple grenade" shaped and authentically sized cigarette lighters back in your hold luggage without being detected as did one of my blokes recently following a jolly to Germany.

Airport security is dead simple. If you don't want to get caught, cunningly disguise your bomb as a bomb and put it in your main luggage.

If you want to get caught, declare that you actually have a bomb during check in.

All terrorists, please remember to admit your plot prior to boarding.

Making jokes about bombs is no laughing matter in this day and age - enough people have been pilloried in the news for doing this, so no sympathy I'm afraid.

We were away on work recently in the US. Now being on a work trip and the spams biggest allies you think they'd treat us well. Not so. We got up to security and one of the guys had his bag locked. Instead of simply asking him to unlock it they went into full anti terror alert mode, pulled him to one side, questioned him and searched his suitcase at the side in full view of everyone. OK so all bags are suposed to be unlocked but my mate forgot. This of course means anyone can open your case after it's gone through security and help themselves to its contents, or even worse of course, put something INTO the case.
What made matters worse was we spotted a piece of baggage that had been left unattended near the security post for over 20 minutes. We pointed it out to the security people (knowing all about the threat of IEDs) and they did nothing. One day a bag will go BANG! Also the 'safe' scanners erased all the pictures from my digital camera and fcuked my mobile phone, the posters just said remove unexposed film! They probably used one of those hand help wands for an extra scan of the luggage and screwed my stuff up!
UK airport security is a joke. Ask MDN about the last trip to Holland.

UK side, waived through on arrival, minimal checks on departure, could have taken out or bought in several goodies, both illegal or lethal and they wouldn't have had a clue. Standard metal detector check but pathetic search (just the sides and inside legs, no check on the back) where they then wrote off the detection of metal as "belt buckle". This was John Lennon Airport by the way (MDN violated me by making me go to Liverpool to catch the plane).

Surprisingly, the cloggies at Schipol were pretty switched on though, thorough search, careful checking of Pasports, physical as well as electronic check of hand luggage, even stopping MDN at "goods in" and "goods out" due to the fact that he was 7 stone heavier and therefore looked fcuk all like his passport photo :D
If you also recall my passport was in two pieces and the other half wasn't mine due to it going throught the washing machine.....

I could have been Prince Timmy Taleban of Tommislavagrad smuggling Tommy gunns and Tiger tanks and the dopey tw@ts wouldn't have noticed
Shot gun shells in Barbour jacket pocket always a funny one! Especially when you're trying to dump them in a bin the other side of the scanner.....
This sort of thing has been on the news a number of times, everyone knows bombers arn't going to declare they have bombs, but everyone also knows what happens if you claim to have one. This T*at wants his ARRSE kicked, if not for being a T*at, he should get it for providing the press with yet a nother negative forces story.
This chap may well be a tit but unfortunately the people who took him seriously look tit-shaped too; security must make sense if it's going to be effective, and this sort of reaction, as someone above said, if not tempered by an assessment of the likely situation, is an **** reflex. There's the phrase for the day.....

I do a lot of flying, mostly on Middle and Far Eastern airlines (stuff BA) on which meals in Business class (cough) are invariably served with steel cutlery. Bring your sharpener on board; nobody'll notice.
Whiskybreath said:
I do a lot of flying, mostly on Middle and Far Eastern airlines (stuff BA) on which meals in Business class (cough) are invariably served with steel cutlery. Bring your sharpener on board; nobody'll notice.
Yep: Cathay use real steel cutlery & real glass glasses! As for being able to buy razors in duty free... :roll:
DozyBint said:
Whiskybreath said:
I do a lot of flying, mostly on Middle and Far Eastern airlines (stuff BA) on which meals in Business class (cough) are invariably served with steel cutlery. Bring your sharpener on board; nobody'll notice.
Yep: Cathay use real steel cutlery & real glass glasses! As for being able to buy razors in duty free... :roll:
Shave regularly Db?
I am doing my IR at a fairly large and busy regional airport, with lots of internationl flights. The security within the terminal is quite impressive, lots of fat blokes in ill-fitting uniforms giving you the dead-eye at departures, and searching you for nail clippers and Swiss Army knives that you might use to de-capitate the cabin crew. Should you really want access airside however, all you need to do is don a Hi-Vis vest ( which paradoxically, in modern society has the effect of making you invisible) and walk a few hundred yards down the Peri track and vault over the three foot high fence, and then walk back down to the apron.

Once there, you can wander around tucking goodies into landing gear bays or whatever to your heart's content...
Airline passengers will once again be dining with metal cutlery, knitting jumpers and manicuring their nails aboard flights from British airports following a relaxation of anti-terrorist rules.
This from Sky news today: SECURITY RULES RELAXED

Good. So many of the post 11 Sept measures (and not only in the aviation industry, by a long chalk) were whanged into place pretty well indiscriminately, with little real consideration for their effectiveness, and less for the likely method of future attacks. 'Force protection' as an industry specialism is starting to mature....


I've mentioned this before but I did once accidentally take 50 rounds of 9mm live ammunition in my cabin baggage from Heathrow to Schiphol on BA. It went through X-rays and a hand search and wasn't found until I unpacked my shreddies in the hotel in Amsterdam and wondered what the weight in the bottom of my bag was. After I had recovered consciousness, I lobbed it in a canal. :oops:
The guys a complete plank, there must have been between five and ten stories over the last few years about people getting hammered for this sort of stupidity - don't they ever learn!

I've never had a problem with airport security (despite carrying toolxes full of test gear and cables. You can lock them up, even in the States, though you may have to take the baggage to the machine, unlock it while it's checked and lock it up before it goes through to the plane. I've never found the TSA personnel to be anything but polite and helpful even when they've been asking questions about the kit.

American baggage handlers though... T0ssers, the lot of them (3 tool cases later... :evil: )

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