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Subject: High Tech Security

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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