A mother has warned people not to buy second-hand suitcases after her daughter’s frugal purchase led to her being stopped at airport security.
The woman was at the airport ready to fly to Istanbul when she was stopped at security checkpoints for a search.
It turned out that traces of explosives were found on the bag, which she bought from a charity shop.
The parents took to Tiktok, where they shared their warning words in a video.
Zoe Hoyle (@zoeehoyle) shared footage of her daughter walking through the airport and used captions to explain what happened.
She wrote: “Don’t take a suitcase in a charity shop. My daughter is being stopped and scanned as the suitcase contains evidence of explosive products used to make bombs.”
Zoe said the safety discovery resulted in “a 30-minute search and investigation” before her daughter was finally allowed to continue on her journey.
Zoe’s video has been viewed more than 350,000 times, and other users are sharing similar airport mix-up stories.
One wrote: “I had the same thing using my boy’s old backpack he used to carry firecrackers with.”
Another said: “Lots of moisturizers and sunscreen that have tested positive as explosives have happened to me before and security told me it was my sunscreen.”
A third added: “This happened to me with my daughter’s stroller handles!”
Contaminated suitcases aside, airport security is expected to get much easier over the next 18 months or so.
UK airports are lifting the ban on liquids over 100ml, meaning passengers traveling through UK airports can take drinks, make-up and liquids of any size in their hand luggage for the first time in 16 years.
According to The Times, passengers can keep everything in their bags instead of being asked to remove laptops and throw away liquids over 100ml at screenings.
Baggage then goes through special CT scanners that allow airport security to inspect bags using a 3D image, which will be a huge improvement over the 2D images currently in use.
Trials of the new technology are already underway at Heathrow and it is expected to be rolled out as a permanent feature at the UK’s largest airports by mid-2024.
The new scanners also mean travelers no longer have to put liquids in a clear plastic bag.
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