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Editorial: Bomb fiasco requires real explanation

THE Slovakian authorities may have apologised over their botched security exercise, but they still have a lot of explaining to do.

It is astonishing to think that an unwitting passenger bound for Dublin can be left carrying military explosive, after being selected without their knowledge by Bratislava airport police to test security procedures there.

It beggars belief that the Bratislava authorities did not act quickly after the passenger's luggage slipped through the security checks.

Why on earth did they allow the plane to fly to Dublin with the explosive on board?

And what a terrible ordeal for the poor electrician, who was the unwitting passenger in this drama.

We are all left with a feeling of vulnerability as a result of this incident. At the very least, we need assurances that similar exercises will not be attempted on flights into Irish airports ever again.