A BRITISH butcher accidentally travelled to Spain with a four inch knife in his hand luggage without being caught.
Latimer Higham managed to sneak the lethal pen knife onto a flight from East Midlands Airport to Lanzarote.
Security staff at the airport instead confiscated a bottle of shampoo from the Derby resident that he had left in his bag.
“It is disgusting that I managed to get on a plane with a knife,” he said.
“Something like this could have serious consequences if someone with the wrong intentions did it.”
He added: “A knife like this could be used as a serious weapon.”
Higham only realised he had the knife when he was unpacking his bags after arriving on the Canary Isle.
“It makes me uneasy to think to think about it,” he said.
“This is a serious mishap. My bag went through the scanner and you’d think something like this would get flagged up straight away.”
The owner of three butchers in Derby was on his way to visit friends with his partner Jane Wilson, 56, when he accidentally carried the knife on board.
He used the pen knife to cut packaging at work and had left it in a belt in a carry-on bag during the four hour long Ryanair flight.
“My bag went through the scanner but the knife wasn’t spotted. It wasn’t picked up at all,” he said.
“It is my own stupid fault for packing it but that should not have happened.”