Bad Ideas in Airport Security, Slovakian Edition

If you have complaints about TSA, at least they haven’t pulled any stunts as dumb as placing real explosives in the luggage of innocent passengers as part of a security test. The BBC reports:

Irish police have released a man held over an explosives find, after Slovak authorities admitted planting them in his luggage as part of a security test.

The explosives were among eight contraband items placed with passengers at Bratislava Airport last weekend, broadcaster RTE reported. The 49-year-old man unwittingly brought the material into Dublin when he returned from his Christmas holidays. He was arrested on Tuesday morning but has since been released without charge.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said he was very concerned that Irish police had not been alerted for three days.

Airport security detected seven of the illicit items, but the eighth – 90g of research development explosive – managed to escape detection. Slovak authorities were reportedly trying to test screening procedures for checked-in luggage by placing items with unwitting passengers.

Hat tip: Slashdot.