Slovakians Send Explosives Aboard Airplanes

Slovakian Authorities tried a very unusual and extremely dangerous way of testing their own airport security operations – which actually failed during the test, very dangerously…

Slovakian Airport Security Authorities embarked on a very strange way of testing their own airport security operations: hiding real explosives and real bomb accessories in real passengers’ luggage – without informing them about it. They placed such dangerous materials in 8 passengers’ checked-in luggage, and have found 7 of them at Slovakian airports. But on Sunday, ONE GOT ONBOARD an airplane and actually took the 90 grams of explosives from Poprad, Slovakia all the way to Dublin, Ireland aboard a Danube-Wings flight!! A shockingly irresponsible way of carrying out such tests!

The scandal broke out on Tuesday, when Irish police was informed about the explosives (on the 3rd day after the incident!!), and arrested the Slovakian electrician in his Dublin home – after sealing off the surrounding neighborhood and evacuating all nearby houses… They later released the man, as Slovakian Authorities confirmed that he was totally unaware and innocent of the test. This still raises a lot of Legal and Moral questions!

Slovakian authorities have risked European lives, as the passenger being unaware of the explosives may have accidentally done something that would lead to an actual explosion. Or the luggage may have simply been lost – like it happens to another 2 million pieces in Europe every year! Even as the explosives were stable and without any contact to any of the required bomb accessories, a deadly accident could have occured at Poprad-Tatry airport, in the air above a German, a Belgian, or an English city, at the busy Dublin Airport, or even at the bus in the Irish capital… Or at the man’s Dublin home. What if the airplane crashes, or slides off the runway in bad weather like the three Boeing 737’s in recent weeks and the explosives get a hard hit? It’s better not think of the possible consequences…

And what took 3 days? In my opinion, if such tests are running, with real explosives, somebody from the team directing the test, should be there at the airport, and should know what bags are destined for which flights. And even if they are not found by the security personnel, those bags should be removed from the plane before take-off!! But even in such an unacceptable case when a mistake is made and the bag is taken by the plane – the destination airport should immediately be informed! What took 3 days?

In normal, European manner, real passengers are not involved in such tests – only people directly hired to try to trick the security scanners, procedures and staff. If I was the electrician in question (or any of the other 7 passengers) I would probably sue the Slovakian Authorities for placing me in such a situation. What would you do?

Where would you try to sneak in explosives on a plane if you were a terrorist? Maybe Bratislava?

Or you think this was totally acceptable and similar tests should be carried out around the world? Let us know what you think about this incident by leaving a comment below!

by balint01


7 Responses to “Slovakians Send Explosives Aboard Airplanes”

  1. 1 Patrick January 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Yup, I’d sue the hell out of them too. Imagine the trouble that innocent guy could have got into had he arrived in – for example – America or Israel with explosives in his luggage.

  2. 2 sunny January 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Imagine the guy opening his luggage at home. How is it in Slovakian “surprise”? Or how is it in Slovakian “sorry”?

    It is good Slovakia does not have nukes, because this way of handling bombs…

  3. 3 szafi January 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I think that even if they are authorities, putting explosives into baggages and send them on board of a passenger flight is terrorism.
    And no authority can defend itself saying: sorry, my mistake.

    • 4 aironaut January 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      Szafi, did you just call the Slovakian authorities terrorists? This is a bit over the top IMO. Your definition of terrorism is creative, but according to the the correct one terrorism is:
      “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.”

      Now, the Slovakian authorities may have been negligent, but do they deserve to be called terrorists? I think you need to keep their purpose in mind and not take the incident out of context. Their purpose was to enhance security, but it backfired spectacularly. Did they make a mistake? Yes. Do they deserve to be punished for this? Yes. Are they terrorists? No.

      • 5 Patrick January 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

        If you take a look at this article you see that the reaction of the Slovakian authorities is to blame others – a dog handler, the Irish authorities – rather than own up to the fact they instigated a dangerous and immoral exercise.

  4. 6 aironaut January 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    That article shows at least five points where the Slovakians seriously messed up. My favorite one:

    “The pilot was informed but decided the explosives did not pose a safety risk and departed as planned.”

    That’s what I call a pilot with balls and a serious commitment to schedule. 😀 LOL

    Thanks for the laugh Patrick.

  5. 7 Carter January 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    We’re Already scared from the christmas day bombing, now you go and do this?? I think its just wrong

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