Weird objects seized at Edinburgh Airport revealed

A weird and wonderful collection of objexts has been seized at the airport. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
A weird and wonderful collection of objexts has been seized at the airport. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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A TUB of jam, water pistols and Christmas snow globes are among the weird and wonderful objects seized by security chiefs at Edinburgh Airport this year.

More than 25 tonnes of liquids have also been seized from passengers’ hand luggage as travellers continue to flout the ban on containers exceeding 100ml.

Other items to be handed over to stunned customs staff include a meat cleaver, four-inch blade, screwdriver and bolt cutters.

Airport chiefs say foreign visitors are responsible for the vast majority of the “bizarre items” confiscated.

Traditionally this weekend – trade weekend – is one of the airport’s busiest of the year and more than 90,000 passengers are expected to fly out between Thursday and Monday as families jet off at the start of the school holidays.

Booming numbers are also forecast for next weekend and security staff have reissued advice on liquids and banned items ahead of the rush.

The airport will introduce family lanes within the security zone for the weekend to speed up the check-in process.

Airport security manager Julie Matthews said: “Foreign travellers account for most of the more bizarre items we seize. Other countries do not have the same stringent rules as the UK.

“For example, many French men carry a small knife for eating apples and it’s OK in a French airport but not allowed in the UK.”

She said: “Both the security and terminal teams are prepared for what are expected to be our busiest weekends.

“Large balloon archways will be erected to mark our family lanes, these will have extra staff in a bid to move those with children through the security hall in a swift yet friendly ­manner.

“It seems people still don’t seem to be understanding the 100ml rule on gels and liquids.”

In 2008 the News revealed that more than one million cans of deodorant were seized from passengers confused over security rules on carrying ­liquids.

A blanket ban on all liquids over 100ml was introduced at airports in 2006. Passengers are advised to stow restricted items in their suitcase.

Where this is not possible, non-prohibited items are kept for 30 days before being turned over to an external disposal company.

All confiscated plastic bottles, aerosols and sharp items are recycled but the rest of the goods are binned, including the alcohol, which is poured away before the bottles are recycled.

david.o’leary@edinburghnews.com