Monday 22 January 2018

Ryanair passenger found with pipe bomb in luggage was allowed to fly again days later

Ryanair Photo: Getty
Ryanair Photo: Getty
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A PASSENGER who was boarding a Ryanair flight with a pipe bomb in his hand luggage was allowed to continue his journey days later, a court heard on Monday.

Nadeem Mulhammed (43) was arrested by police on suspicion of terrorism after "batteries wrapped in brown tape" was found in his bag.

However, after allegedly telling officers the device had been planted by someone else, he was released on bail and allowed to travel.

He subsequently flew to Italy but in the meantime, tests revealed it was a "viable device" containing sufficient explosives to cause "serious damage and loss of life" on a plane, the court heard.

Mr Muhammed was arrested on his return back to the UK at Manchester Airport on Sunday and charged with being in possession of an explosive substance.

He had been boarding a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, Italy when he was held under the UK's Terrorism Act following a security screening.

The device found consisted of a "small pipe, like a large market pen' and was filled with "smokeless propellant often found in ammunition."

Mr Muhammed was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court in March.

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