British grandmother boards plane with ax in carry-on

British grandmother boards plane with ax in carry-on

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
NEWSCORE – UK airport security was facing further scrutiny Tuesday after a British grandmother boarded a plane with an ax in her hand luggage, local media reported.
On the same day a bomb was discovered on a US-bound cargo plane at a UK airport, Pat Palmer, 74, passed through all security controls at London’s Luton Airport with the ax and traveled with Monarch Airlines to the island of Menorca.
Palmer, who wanted the ax to chop firewood at her second home on the island, forgot to remove it from her hand luggage and pack it in her suitcase, Diario de Menorca reported.
“I am still pretty stunned by it all,” said Palmer, from Cambridge, southern England. “All I can assume is that the scanner man must have been looking up in the air when my bag went through,” she added.
Palmer, a retired bakery manager, said she did not try to cover up the rusty ax and simply put it in the bottom of a sports bag.
In a statement, Luton Airport said it maintains high security standards but if the report was true “it would be seriously worrying.”



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