posted on Dec, 16 2004 @ 07:46 AM
In the second airport training embarrassment this month, baggage screeners at Newark airport spotted and then lost track of a fake bomb being used
during an exercise. The realistic-looking device couldn't be found despite hours of searching, and was not removed until the aircraft arrived at
it's destination, Amsterdam. Earlier this month, French officials lost track of a bag containing real
explosives; the use of real explosives
for training has now been banned in that country.
(AP) Baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport spotted — and then lost — a fake bomb planted in luggage by a supervisor during a
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.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This story highlights the extreme difficulty faced by airport security officials. If they can lose track of a device that they know is there, and has
actually been seen
, how can the public feel secure about the odds of a real, unexpected device being found and disabled?
The only good news is that the actual screening machine appears to have performed properly; the alarm sounded, but staff still (somehow!) managed to
lose track of the bag.
Note that airport officials are still "undecided" on whether or not to discipline anyone. I can help them decide!!
[edit on 16-12-2004 by Banshee]