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A sweet jar containing live goldfish, human body fat and crustaceans are just some of the strangest items confiscated at London Stansted Airport.

Other bizarre items removed at security include snow globes, a machete, dirty nappies and sling shots.

Despite the 100ml liquid ban introduced six years ago, nearly half (44 per cent) of passengers admitted they didn't know the 100ml rule, a report by Stansted Airport revealed.

36 per cent still don't know what constitutes a liquid and 28 per cent believe water doesn't count as a liquid. Three in five (60 per cent) people think that baked beans are exempt too.

Cosmetics cause a confusion at airport security too as 82 per cent of passengers believe that lipstick doesn't need to be placed in a clear plastic bag and 47 per cent don't think foundation needs to be put in the separate bag.

The research highlights the lack of airport security knowledge and means that passengers are holding up the queues to declare their items.

27 per cent admitted to having an item confiscated at least once and 20 per cent have ben stopped on more than one occasion.

Excuses heard by passengers include 'I forgot they were in my bag', I didn't know what the legal size limit was for liquids' and 'I didn't realise they were actual liquids'.

Head of Terminal at London Stansted Airport John Farrow says: 'We're constantly amazed by some of the bizarre items that people try to take through security – some of which simply can't be mentioned here!'

'With an increasing number of people opting to travel with only hand luggage, we are urging travellers to make sure they take time to understand the security regulations before leaving home.'

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