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Man boarded plane with live ammo

A clay pigeon shooter was able to board a plane in Bristol with live shotgun cartridges in his pocket but had his toothpaste and aftershave seized.

George Thomas, 19, was on a tree-planting trip to Scotland with a group and discovered the cartridges in his coat pocket after he arrived.

His father, Geremy Thomas, from Somerset, said the group only had hand luggage, which was scanned.

Bristol International Airport said they were "not aware" of the incident.

Toiletries seized

Mr Thomas, 48, said: "George put his hand in his coat pocket and realised he'd inadvertently carried a handful of shot gun cartridges from a past day's shooting onto the plane.

"They were left over from a clay pigeon shoot.

"That was a mistake on his part and he'll learn from that.

"None of us could believe that they'd confiscated his toiletries but completely missed live ammunition.

"At first I was bemused but now I'm getting quite angry about this.

"I find it worrying that security is so lax and that there are such bizarre double standards."

A Bristol International Airport spokesperson said: "Bristol International Airport is not aware of this alleged incident but can confirm that the airport is fully compliant with all DFT screening regulations.

"No ammunition is allowed on board a plane."



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