‘The only reason he would have for trying to get that explosive device onto the aeroplane was that he intended to detonate it within the confines of the Boeing 737 aircraft.
How in the world was this guy let go though he tried to bring anything resembling a bomb onto a plane? Even the Clock Boy was arrested for his fake clock bomb.
Air passenger ‘attempted to smuggle working pipe bomb onto Ryanair flight from Manchester to Bergamo but was let go because police didn’t realise it was a working explosive’
- Nadeem Muhammad was attempting to board a flight from Manchester Airport
- Security officers found a bomb made from batteries, tape, a marker pen and pins
- He was let go by security because ‘nobody realised’ it was a ‘real device’
A man who attempted to smuggle a pipe bomb onto a plane was allowed to fly again days later because police did not realise the device was viable, a court has heard.
Nadeem Muhammad, 43, was attempting to board a flight to Bergamo, Italy, on January 30 when security officers at Manchester Airport found the device, made from batteries, tape, a marker pen and pins.
Jonathan Sandiford, prosecuting, told the trial at Manchester Crown Court Muhammad had intended to detonate the device once on board the Ryanair flight.
Nadeem Muhammad, was attempting to board a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, Italy from Manchester airport when the pipe bomb was found
But the court heard when airport security swabbed the bomb there was no trace of explosive on the outside and officers did not believe it was a viable device.
Muhammad, who was born in Pakistan but had an Italian passport, was questioned by police but not arrested and on February 5 boarded another flight to Italy.
Mr Sandiford said: ‘At that stage nobody had realised this was a real device and the defendant was allowed to go on his way.’
He said it was only on February 8 when the device was examined again that suspicions were raised and the bomb squad was called.