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Tuesday, 13 November, 2001, 21:39 GMT
'Weapons' confiscated from passengers
Confiscated weapons
Scissors were among the items confiscated
Hunting knives, a knuckle duster and toy guns were among thousands of items seized from passengers at East Midlands Airport.

Security at the airport has always been tight but in the wake of the September 11 hijackings, security staff are warning passengers that any sharp objects are banned.

Last week, a box full of household items including scissors, metal combs, and nail files was seized.

All were common accessories which could conceal - or be used as - dangerous weapons.

Increase in confiscations

Many were banned from hand luggage in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks.

The result has been a 16-fold increase in the number of confiscations.

Doug Krelle
Doug Krelle - 'security tightened'

Last month's seizures included 1,600 items which were kept for passengers to reclaim.

Security staff were also handed craft knives, bullets, and a mini-Swiss army knife which looks alike a credit card.

Doug Krelle, from Securicor, said: "Things like a knuckle duster are a bit of a surprise but you don't expect people to be carrying craft knives in the street, never mind on an aircraft.

"We have had to go round all the shops in the terminal and ask them to remove articles from sale that we would confiscate when they come through the search area."

Last month, a man carrying knives and a stun gun managed to pass through checks at Chicago's O'Hare airport.

Four security staff were sacked and five others were suspended following the incident.

See also:

22 Oct 01 | Business
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