Unusual X-Ray Image Prompts Airport Evacuation Updated: Friday, 17 Sep 2010, 11:40 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 17 Sep 2010, 11:32 AM EDT
British police released a bizarre X-ray image on Friday of a suspicious package that caused a major security alert at an airport in northwestern England.
Police said that while the image was eventually found to be harmless, it had the “appearance of something much more sinister.”
The image showed a bag containing a bottle of liquid and a mobile phone charger.
Viewed through an X-ray machine, the items look like a home-made bomb.
The security scare occurred at Manchester Airport about 8.20am local time on Friday, when police received reports about the suspicious package.
The items were found in hand luggage being passed through security in the departures area of the terminal. One terminal at the airport was swiftly closed by police.
The terminal was opened again about midday, but other terminals were unaffected.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spoke to the man before deciding that the items were harmless and that no offenses had been committed.
Superintendent Dave Hull from GMP said that the incident showed the need for passengers to be more aware of liquid restrictions when traveling on planes.
“Security officers were absolutely right to raise their concerns about the image. While thankfully there was no risk to the public, we needed to carry out thorough inquiries to be absolutely sure this was the case,” he said.
He added: “This incident shows how important it is for passengers to follow the rules when taking their hand luggage through security. Had the liquids been taken out, this incident would not have taken place.”
X-ray image that prompted the airport evacuation (Image Credit: Greater Manchester Police)
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