Airport's bomb test in (wrong) bag
MONTREAL -- An airport security exercise went the way of a movie farce after TNT was planted in the luggage of an unwitting passenger instead of the bag of a security agent. The unidentified passenger arrived from abroad on Friday. Unpacking at a friend's home in Magog, Que., he found that explosives labelled TNT had been concealed in a jar and placed in his bag.
The man immediately called Quebec provincial police.
Officials said such exercises -- intended to test bomb-sniffing dogs at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport -- are carried out every week.
Authorities couldn't explain the mistake but said they would get to the bottom of it.
"Our investigation is going to reveal exactly what happened," airport security spokesman Pierre Goupil told TV network TVA.
Even more worrisome than the mix-up, the innocent passenger and his baggage were able to leave the airport without security detecting the explosives.
The TNT was not dangerous because there was no detonator.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the feds have invested more than $7 billion on security, with special emphasis on airports.
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