Airports Vanuatu security lets tourist board flight with live artillery shellPosted: October 21, 2012
An astonishing story just to hand: a Kiwi tourist managed to get through Port Vila airport security with a live World War 2 artillery shell in his luggage.
The military explosive was not detected by Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL)’s security screening and metal detector when the tourist left Port Vila on an Air Vanuatu flight to Auckland on 13 October.
The ammunition was only discovered when the tourist declared the live round to NZ Customs on arrival in Auckland.
A story on news website stuff.co.nz says that there were 162 passengers on the Air Vanuatu flight, and that the tourist found the shell while diving.
“If it had gone off, well you only have to blow a little hole in a plane for there to be potentially serious damage”, said a passenger on the flight.
NZ Police “described the man’s actions as an ‘interesting case of stupidity’, but said they would not charge him”, says the stuff.co.nz story.
AVL Bauerfield operations general manager Kevin Dick Abel is quoted as saying “the staff member who let the shell through could be suspended under airport security rules.”