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Woman claims to have brought steak knife through airport security

Published 09/11/2015 | 11:28

Kelley Murtagh - Inset a steak knife similar to the one taken through security
Kelley Murtagh - Inset a steak knife similar to the one taken through security
Kelley Murtagh - Inset a steak knife similar to the one taken through security

An Irish woman has claimed that she accidentally carried a 'small steak knife' through Dublin Airport security.

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She said the incident 'could not have been a once off' - after it emerged a man brought a knife onto German-bound flight last week.

Kelly Murtagh (30) was headed to the US with her friend, via Heathrow, after flying from Dublin Airport.

She told Independent.ie that she had had "a busy day" in the run-up to departure and just threw her case together, not thinking to check the compartments.

Independent.ie understands that she brought the knife in her bag from home, through Dublin Airport security and on the flight to Heathrow.

Kelley says she arrived in Heathrow, from Dublin, with only a half an hour to make their flight to America.

"We were in a panic to try and get to our gate".

The two ladies attempted to go through security but Kelly's bag was stopped".

"The woman said 'are you aware you have a knife in your bag?'... I was absolutely shocked".

"My bag got through Dublin Airport security with no problems".

"Luckily they could see I was genuinely shocked it was there and we were let go".

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"As panicked and rushed as I was, I think it would have been much worse to be stopped in America. I think I would have been sent home if that had happened".

"If it can happen to me just three weeks ago, it can happen again".

In a statement, a spokesperson for Dublin Airport said that "safety and security of passengers is our number one priority".

"Our security systems and processes are audited regularly at national and EU level as well as internally".

"It is our policy not to comment on individual security related matters".

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