Man Carried 200 Fireworks on Two U.S. Flights

Posted Aug 17th 2010 09:35 AMUpdated Aug 17th 2010 09:49 AM

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A 29-year-old British man claims he took more than 200 firecrackers on U.S. flights without being stopped.

Paul Jones, who is from Greater Manchester, tells the BBC he flew from Kansas to Houston and back to the U.K. on Continental Airlines, carrying a clear plastic bag full of small firecrackers and a lighter.

He even put the bag on a tray at airport security, and the firecrackers and lighter went through the x-ray machine, he says.

When he arrived back at London's Heathrow Airport, customs officials discovered the bag and expressed concern.

The firecrackers are banned from sale in the U.K. Still, officials let him leave the airport with the small explosives.

U.K. transportation officials say in a statement the matter is for U.S. authorities.

A spokesman for Continental tells the BBC it has no record of the incident, but that passengers are not allowed to bring firecrackers or other hazardous materials onto planes. Nor are they allowed to carry them in checked luggage.

The spokesman further says it is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that is responsible for screening passengers, not the airline.

Jones says the firecrackers were a souvenir from a 4th of July celebration in Wichita.



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jim

I cant believe that this story is true a few weeks ago flying out of manchester it was a nightmare with my shower gel and sun tan cream confiscated which was a total nightmare so i cant see that fire crackers would get through.

http://www.fireworksmanchester.com

September 03 2010 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gadox2

Amazing how this article starts off with the word CLAIMS in the first sentence and all of the sudden it is true. People have know idea what TSA does and has to go through. What they find and what they don't. Try lighting anything on a plan and enjoy getting the snot beat out of you. Millions of people fly everyday, more people an hour the he superpower of airport security Israel Sends up in a week. When i was in Iraq none of the news reported anything good, they want the American viewership and readers to feel cheated feel angry cause it gets them to outwardly express themselves in meaningless comments such as the ones listed here. This article is unbelievable crap, no official comment from TSA. It crosses countries and it says 200 FIREWorks but he's got a coupe in a plastic bag. Believe what you want, it's the same with the rest of the gov't, the one that lets you live free an protects you but you just have to bitch and rag on.

August 19 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony

TSA is a joke. I bet they hire the loosers from Burger King...

August 17 2010 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gadox2

So war veteran with a CJ degree a house and a family is a loser. Yea you get the BK looking kids but none that can not pass the constant testing of a TSA employee. Maybe you should fire your local PD, I'm sure they have never done anything wrong. You can go ahead and fend for yourself right. In the air and in your own neighborhood, hero.

August 19 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

The bottom line is PEOPLE DON'T DO THEIR JOBS. They don't care enough to do their jobs well. All they want is to put their time in and collect their paycheck. To hell with the consequences. This is our future. We should ALL be afraid!!

August 17 2010 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gadox2

They don't get paid enough to give a dam, about finding guns and bombs. Most of the people have know Idea what a suicide bombing aftermath looks like. Because they wouldn't do it.

August 19 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawna

WOW.....lighters are allowed, the majority of the officers at TSA are either ex-military, current miliatry, ex-police officers, fire fighters...etc. Hmmmmm....I wonder what a paper covered little firecracker looks like on the xray machine. Razor blade in a wallet....I'm sorry the only people that has been caught with that were usually druggies.

Little secret......I think we need to be more worried about what will bring a plane down not just one person. What do you think is going to happen if someone brings out that fircracker or razor blade from their wallet? The WHOLE plane is going to kick their A**!

It's okay that America thinks that TSA is a bunch of McDonald's flunkies. We know better that we work with a great well educated bunch of officers. Another little misconception...TSA does NOT get paid like the rest of the Government employees and does NOT get the cushy benefit package.

We ALL CARE at TSA...we wish Americans did!

August 17 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abusedserversunite

Great tip. If I ever decide that I want to bring explosives on board a plane, I'll simply disquise them as explosives. Your tax dollars deftly at work. Too bad we can't get our government to stick with selling cars and secret handshakes instead of safeguarding our skies and our borders.

My thanks too to the media for sharing this subtle fact with terrorists world wide. I feel much safer (not). I think I'll have that other drink now stewardess.

August 17 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WVA

The only thing the TSA is really good for is creating and entire new branch of government workers that are overpaid and underworked and given a full retirement along with a cushy benefits package. This opinion comes from an airline captain with 41 years experience who simply shakes his head and bites his lip every time he gets to go through TSA screening. This is nothing but a game we play in the name of safety while the real bad guys will eventually carry out another plot that simply evaded security in some way.

August 17 2010 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry

So much for the TSA and the security systems in those airports. The officials are taking a vacation while the terrorists are looking for a loop hole to plane there next attack on a major city, a mall, a school, a theater,a hotel......Got the picture here?

It will happen! becouse we sit on our asses and and laugh all the way to the bank....

August 17 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
page114

TSA better find out who screwed up.

August 17 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
roger

ITS ALL PART OF OUR NEW HOMELAND SECURITY OR YOU MIGHT SAY THE NEW WORLD ORDER OR YOU MIGHT SAY NAZI. EITHER WAY YOU CAN BET YOURE FREEDOM IN THIS COUNTRY IS GOING RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW. THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOU ITS THE PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CARE ABOUT . IS THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE BECAUSE OF OUR NEW WORLD ORDER ? THINK ABOUT IT .THE SAME TACTICS WERE USED IN WORLD WAR TWO .THIS IS ONLY TO OFFSET WHAT GOVERNMENT IS REALLY DOING . PRETTY SO YOU WILL NEED A PASSPORT TO GO FROM ONE STATE TO THE NEXT .

August 17 2010 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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