A holidaymaker has told how he got through security and boarded a plane at Manchester airport with two hunting knives in his hand luggage.
reports that the man only realised that the knives were in his bag after boarding the Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, and he took photographs in the plane to prove that he hadn't been stopped by airport security.
The two knives, with 8cm blades, were in hand luggage that was scanned - but they weren't picked up by the X-ray machine.
His partner told The Sun: "The knives had been left in a camera bag from a fishing trip we'd been on weeks ago. We'd completely forgotten about them.
"There weren't many people coming through security at the time. I can only assume whoever was watching the machine had switched off. It's extremely worrying to think this is happening with the Olympic Games nearly in sight."
Last night a spokesman for Manchester Airport said: "We are conducting an investigation. With 19 million passengers every year, such incidents are rare. If you accidentally take prohibited items on board inform the airline crew."
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- 2. Singapore Changi Airport
Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines and operates 6,100 weekly flights - yet it is still a pleasure to travel through. The airport boasts tropical gardens, cinemas, a rooftop pool, rain showers and even fish spas in case your feet are feeling a little weary and in need of a relaxing nibble...</p>
- 3. Hong Kong International Airport
Offering what's been described as 'the world's best airport shopping destination', Hong Kong International Airport also contains a variety of top-notch restaurants serving Western, Chinese and Asian food. It also has sport simulators and a SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course to boot!</p>
- 4. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Located a convenient 20 minutes from the city centre, Amsterdam Schiphol keeps its customers well entertained, with a casino, a library, an indoor/outdoor park, a museum, a huge variety of restaurants and shops and a 6D cinema. No chance of getting bored here!</p>
- 5. Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport has three terminals and is currently the second busiest airport in the world. Its third terminal, opened in 2008 in time for the Olympic games, is also the second largest in the world. It's widely praised as one of the most efficient airports in the world.</p>
- 6. Munich Airport
Munich Airport, the second busiest in Germany, features a vast assortment of shops and eateries, from Pandora to Hermès, Starbucks to Subway. It also has a cinema, mini golf course, and tours of historic aircrafts.</p>
- 7. Zurich Airport
Currently ranked as a 4-star airport by Skytrax along with only eight other airports around the world, Zurich airport is Switzerland's largest international flight gateway. It has plenty of shops and restaurants, and even an underground train.</p>
- 8. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
In addition to a wide range of restaurants and retail outlets, Kuala Lumpur International Airport caters to everyone's needs with a variety of facilities and leisure activities, including reflexology and massage treatments, nurseries, and smoking lounges.</p>
- 9. Vancouver International Airport
Located a handy 7.5 miles from downtown Vancouver, this airport has won several prestigious international best airport awards. Its interior features one of the most extensive collections of Pacific Northwest Coast Native art in the world, and has blues and greens to reflect the colours of the land, sea and sky. The airport, which uses great quantities of carpet and glass, even has a waterfall nestled between two escalators to keep passengers calm as they travel.</p>
- 10. Central Japan International Airport
Situated on an artificial island in Ise Bay, this airport is 22 miles south of Nagoya in central Japan. Centrair, as the airport is also known, features the 4th Floor Sky Town shopping centre with 61 shops and restaurants that are organized into two "streets": Renga-dori and Chochin-yokocho. The airport has won a number of accolades including 4th Best Airport Worldwide in 2011.</p>
- 1. Incheon International Airport
The largest airport in South Korea, and one of the largest airports in the world, Incheon International has plenty of room. Enough, in fact, to house a golf course, a spa, private sleeping rooms, a casino, indoor gardens, a Museum of Korean Culture and even an ice skating rink! Departure process takes 16 minutes and arrival takes only 12 minutes, beating the global average of 60 and 45 respectively. </p>