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A PASSENGER who was boarding a Ryanair flight with a pipe bomb in his hand luggage was allowed to continue his journey days later, a court heard on Monday.
Nadeem Mulhammed (43) was arrested by police on suspicion of terrorism after "batteries wrapped in brown tape" was found in his bag.
Airport security swabbed the confiscated device but found no trace of explosives,... ...
...so concluded it was not dangerous. Muhammad was questioned by police and said the device could have been put into his bag by somebody else, possibly his wife.
He missed his flight, but was not arrested, and was able to board another flight to Italy a few days later on 5 February. “At that stage nobody had realised this was a real device and the defendant was allowed to go on his way,” said Jonathan Sandiford, for the prosecution.
Mr Muhammed, wearing a checked shirt, spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address with the help of an interpreter in a hearing at Westminster magistrates' court in London.
Katie McCreath, defending, indicated that he would be pleading not guilty to the charge at a future hearing.
The court has heard that experts found the device contained nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose and could have been detonated if wires protruding from it were joined together.
Muhammad broke down in tears during his evidence when asked about his wife, who was sitting in the public gallery.
The court heard he had moved to Bury in about 2016 and made regular trips to Italy, where he had a business which supplied workers to a factory making alloy wheels.
He was due to travel to Pakistan for a family wedding on February 13, the day after his arrest.
originally posted by: stormcell
One time when I was going through security, they were swabbing everything for traces of explosives and whatever. They swabbed my laptop and were confused because it tested positive for explosive residue. They let me through. We live next to quarry, so every explosion usually leads to a wispy mushroom cloud of red dust drifting over our house.