Plane passenger stopped by security over pease pudding

Ruth Doherty
Man stopped Newcastle Airport over pease pudding
Man stopped Newcastle Airport over pease pudding



A plane passenger was stopped before his flight at Newcastle Airport - because his pease pudding was mistaken for the explosive Semtex.

The 58-year-old man was about to board an Easyjet flight from Newcastle to Gatwick when he was stopped as security searched his hand luggage.

And the traditional north east fare caused him some momentary problems.

According to the Mirror, the man, a part time actor who has appeared in Blackadder, said: "I love my pease pudding.

"I think the resemblance to Semtex was pushing it a bit far as it was in containers marked pease pudding.

"But I did have six tubs to take back down south with me."

He was told that the consistency of the pudding, made with split peas, could be "technically be classed as Semtex".

The man, who lives in Sussex, was allowed to continue onto the flight but was told to put his pease pudding in the hold next time.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, an HM Customs spokeswoman said: "There is no customs policy with regard to pease pudding so far as I am aware."

Back in 2012, a passenger's bottle of aftershave sparked a terror alert at Edinburgh Airport - after security officers thought it was a bomb.

The grenade-shaped bottle belonged to Jimmy Ho, 25, who was heading back to London Heathrow after a break in Scotland with friends.

After the Viktor & Rolf bottle was taken away for testing for around 45 minutes, and it was confirmed it was, in fact, just an aftershave, Mr Ho was released and allowed to board his flight.





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