30/03/2011

'Fake Bomb' Found On Flight From UK

An investigation has launched into how a fake bomb was transported on a cargo aircraft from the UK to Turkey.

A spokesman at Department for Transport said the incident was being taken “very seriously”.

The device is said to have travelled undetected in a wedding cake box to Istanbul on a UPS flight. It had a timer, wires and a detonator.

According to ITV News, it was delivered to a north London UPS office two weeks ago by a Turkish man.

In October, UPS also carried a bomb disguised as a printer ink cartridge to East Midlands airport.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "We have already begun an investigation which will look at all aspects of this incident, including UPS's procedures.

"The UK has one of the toughest security regimes for air cargo in the world. All security measures are subject to continuous review."

A UPS spokeswoman said: "UPS is co-operating with the UK DfT investigation of the incident. UPS has a multiple-layered approach to ensure security."

(BMcN/KMcA)

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