There has been anger and embarrassment in Germany where a man was allowed to go free after his computer sparked a security alert at Munich airport.
The traveller’s laptop set off an explosives detector but he left the security area with his machine before it could be checked further. Some 100 flights were cancelled or delayed and part of the airport closed for three hours on Wednesday while police looked for him.
“Why did this happen there? What are the working conditions of people working there?” asked Josef Scheuring of the German police union GDP. “We want a check of the air security structures and we have been asking for that not only since Munich. We want better working conditions for the people who operate security checks.”
The alarm has led to calls for an investigation into security at all German airports. Although initial reports said traces of explosives had been found at Munich, police believe the scanner may have been set off by perfume. One theory is that the man did not realise he was meant to undergo a further check – he was simply in a hurry and did not want to miss his flight.