Explosive honey shuts down US airport

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2423b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L A Californian airport was shut down on Tuesday after security staff mistakenly thought bottles of honey found in a passenger’s bag contained explosive materials.31-year-old Francisco Ramirez was stopped at Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield after U.S. Transportation and Security administration screeners found five Gatorade bottles full of “suspicious-looking liquid” in his bag. While Ramirez told officials the substance inside the bottles were honey, swabs of the bag and bottles tested positive for TNT and TATP.Two screeners also claimed nausea after opening the bottles, which they said emitted a strong chemical odour.The airport then went into shut down mode for hours and was evacuated, with all flights diverted while Ramirez spent the day being questioned by FBI agents and a “joint terrorism task force.”However, officials were left red-faced after further tests found the ‘explosives’ really were just honey, subsequently allowing Ramirez free to catch a flight home to Milwaukee.”The substances in the bottles did turn out to be honey” FBI spokesman Steve Dupre told Reuters.“They tested negative for all explosives and narcotics. It is nothing but honey.”Is profiling to blame?While photos of Ramirez were not released, his name, which is of Mexican descent, questions whether this latest mistake by U.S. screeners is an outcome of racial profiling.On Monday, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration issued directives for enhanced screening on more than a dozen nations and countries which it claimed were “state sponsors of terrorism” or “countries of interest.”These included Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, most of which are Muslim-majority nations. It has since outraged many civil rights groups, in particular the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who said the move only served to “alienate and stigmatize Muslims and does nothing to improve airline security.” “First look at behaviour, not at faith or skin colour” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Then spend what it takes to obtain more bomb-sniffing dogs, to install more sophisticated bomb-detection equipment and to train security personnel in identifying the behaviour of real terror suspects“The minute U.S. officials put out the word that they’re not scrutinizing people with blond hair and blue eyes is the minute that al-Qaida starts recruiting people with blond hair and blue eyes” In 2005, British police chased and gunned down 27-year-old Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in a London subway while looking for suspects linked to attempted bomb attacks on the city’s transport system.Police later admitted that they had shot dead the wrong man and that de Menezes was not believed to be connected in anyway to the London bombings.last_img read more