Security cop allows air-passenger with boxcutter blades!

January 23rd, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Jan 23 (IANS) An aviation security officer had to step down here after he allowed a passenger to carry along a case of boxcutter blades on to a plane.The Civil Aviation Authority released the details of the incident under the Official Information Act Sunday, New Zealand Herald reported.

The report states that security staff at Christchurch discovered a boxcutter and 10 blades in a passenger’s carry-on luggage Jan 14 last year.

“The passenger indicated that he was a carpenter and these were tools of trade,” it said. “He also indicated that he had travelled from Christchurch earlier on in the day and the items had gone through security with no problems.”

Aviation security commentator Jim Ott said the 9/11 hijackers used boxcutters to attack passengers.

“It’s clearly a failure with the screening. Thankfully, the carpenter wasn’t a terrorist.

“It looks like they need some tightening up before it opens into a threat possibility.”

The breach happens to be one of 154 reported incidents at Christchurch and Wellington airports till Dec 7 last year.

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