An airline passenger who tried to carry a “crude but viable” nail bomb onto a Ryanair plane was released and allowed to catch a later flight because security staff did not realise the device was dangerous, a court heard yesterday.
Nadeem Muhammad, 43, was stopped after airport scanners detected the makeshift device as he tried to board a plane from Manchester international airport to Bergamo near Milan in January this year.
But swabs of the device failed to detect any explosives and Muhammad was released after questioning and allowed to return to his home in Bury, Greater Manchester.
Five days later he was allowed to board another Ryanair flight to Italy and was only arrested on his return after new forensic tests showed the device was explosive, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Source: The Telegraph UK.