Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
He was confronted by an airport official with a bag containing forbidden material. On being charged he pulled out a gas canister. The passenger was asked why he was carrying this as it was strictly forbidden to carry such materials in an aircraft, the passenger said he needed it for his work. He also told the officials that if he was not allowed to carry the canister he will not fly. The man also expressed his dissatisfaction on why he wasn’t informed before that he could not carry such things with him. He wouldn’t have travelled this far then.
The incident was shared extensively on social media and the airport security check was brought into question. However authorities argued that the procedures were correctly carried out and the passenger was at fault as he did not wait for the results of the X-ray bag.
The passenger however completed his screening at 4.40pm for the Thai Lion Air flight SL762 to Phuket. The passenger’s bag was checked using ‘inline screening’ through an EDS machine. Staff found that the bag contained something that looked like a canister but the passenger, contrary to requests to wait for the results of screening, had already gone to the gate.
Officials found the passenger at the gate 30 minutes before departure and in line with their procedures asked him to verify that he was the owner before opening it himself and taking out the contents.
The authorities tried assuring the travellers that the actions were in line with the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). They requested travellers to wait until the results of their bags are fully revealed.