Airport security is back as a topic on everyone’s lips. However, even before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to ignite his incendiary device on a Delta flight to Detroit, a Chinese airport was dealing with a security breach of its own. Police at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport recently detained a 60 year-old first time flyer when the metal detector revealed she had a fruit knife and a pair of thread clippers in her shoes. The Guangzhou Daily reports that the passenger was a seamstress, who claimed her occupation required that she carry clippers with her at all times. Somewhat oblivious to modern airport security techniques she had thought her ruse would work because “she had no idea that items could be detected in her shoes”.
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