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Airport Security on the 11th? #risk

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In 2001, on the first anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks, my father and I left New York on a Lufthansa bound for Frankfurt. I should even have the stubs somewhere. You would think that airport security would be heightened on the 11th or the days surrounding, as a precaution. Yet it isn’t. Added to this fact the [S]even in liquid bombs case to face retrial had occurred on the 10th.

On September 11th a friend of mine was travelling out from a UK airport. He had forgotten to put a 175ml bottle of liquid in his checked luggage, and without realizing the possible implications he had put it in his carry-on luggage. This wouldn’t be so funny if not for the fact that they made him take off his very long Dr Martin boots, which don’t contain any metal but a composite material. The bag and the boots went through the X-ray machine, and they then put the bag through a second time. They thanked him and he went on his way.

The problem? The bag contained 175ml bottle of a high quality nitrogen based liquid fertilizer in it’s original packaging.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 17, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Posted in chemistry, travel, uk

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