17 Nov, 2010 @ 11:31
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PASSING through a security scanner at Luton Airport, 74-year-old Pat Palmer carefully removed her belt and metallic objects.

What the elderly widow forgot to hand in on her trip home to Menorca was a metal axe she took to chop firewood.

The hapless security staff were busy checking nail clippers and baby food and failed to notice the sharp weapon, which arrived safely to its destination.

“It wasn’t even hidden, I’d thrown it in the bottom of the bag,” said Pat.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. Aircraft are not hikacked by old aged pensioners, no matter what they are carrying. Nor by normal people with nail clippers and baby food. They are hijacked by young muslem men, and the available strength of all the agencies concerned should be focussed on the instant threat, rather than pretending that everyone is a risk.

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