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Christmas Pudding & High Explosives (Ian Chai)
(topical, smirk, true)

Security scanners at a major British airport are having a hard time telling the difference between Christmas pudding and explosives. USA's Dominic Waghorn has details:

"Like festive holiday-makers the world over, hundreds of passengers using Manchester airport in the north of England this week have been packing Christmas puddings in their luggage to eat with relative and friends abroad. The airport may have spent over $25 million on security equipment, but its luggage scanners are sounding the alarm whenever they come across a packed pudding, thinking the harmless festive dessert is semtex, a high explosive favored by terrorist organizations like the IRA. The explosive has the same density as the puddings. Dominic Waghorn, USA Radio News, London."

[From USA Radio News, 24 December 1997]

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