Posts Tagged ‘Rome’


[BBC] An airline security worker has been suspended after failing to spot a fake bomb as it passed through the X ray machine.

The Department for Transport spokesman said. "The safety of the travelling public is paramount,"

The Department for Transport spokesman said. “The safety of the travelling public is paramount,” Photo: Wikipedia

Manchester Airport said it had launched an investigation into the incident.

The Department for Transport carries out regular dummy runs at UK airports to ensure security is up to scratch. A spokesman for the airport said: “We can confirm a security officer has been suspended but we cannot comment further as there is an ongoing investigation.”

The Department for Transport spokesman said it conducted regular airport tests but could not comment further.

The spokesman said: “The safety of the travelling public is paramount, which is why the UK combines intelligence, technology and other measures to provide one of the strictest regimes for aviation security in the world.

“We have a regular programme of inspections to ensure compliance with this regime, but do not comment on the specifics or outcomes for obvious reasons.”

In July, Manchester Airport suspended a number of airline staff after an 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester to Rome on his own without a passport, tickets or boarding pass.

The boy mingled with families to get through checks and was found mid-air on the Jet2 plane after passengers became suspicious.

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BBC News
6th Oct, 2012


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[The Guardian] Security staff were shocked to see human outline appear on monitors as suitcases trundled along conveyor belt.

The man was facing charges and undergoing medical checks in connection with his unauthorised ride

The man was facing charges and undergoing medical checks in connection with his unauthorised ride. Photo: Photograph: www.repubblica.it

Airport security officials monitoring bags for loading at Rome’s Fiumicino airport were shocked to see the outline – and several of the internal organs – of a human being on their X-ray screens. Minutes later, they found a 36-year-old Norwegian fast asleep in the collection area, having spent about a quarter of an hour trundling peacefully, if perilously, through Terminal 3.

The man was on Thursday facing charges – and undergoing medical checks – in connection with his unauthorised ride. Police said he had entered the terminal to catch a flight back to Oslo.

According to a report in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the man, who appeared to have been drinking heavily, dumped his rucksack on the luggage belt of an unoccupied check-in point, then lay down and went to sleep on the main beltwhere checked-in baggage is deposited. When the belt was activated by the ground attendant at another desk the Norwegian he was carried, fast asleep, through the powerful XX-ray machinery.

Police said his unscheduled journey had not exposed any security risk.”There is a security system – a sort of roll-up blind – which can only be opened by the member of staff who loads the baggage,” a police officer said. “[The Norwegian] could have carried on going round the main belt, but he could never have ended up in sensitive areas of the airport.”

The paper said the failsafe system was introduced about 10 years ago after a tramp found his way on to the conveyor belt and was carried off on a similar journey.

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John Hooper, Rome
Thursday 9 August 2012