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Fake bombs undetected in Arlanda security test

Fake bombs undetected in Arlanda security test

Published: 25 Nov 2011 10:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Nov 2011 10:38 GMT+01:00

Security checkpoints at Sweden's largest airport received a failing grade in the recent test carried out by Securitas, the firm responsible for managing Arlanda's security checks.

A fake bomb, planted in hand luggage, passed through security checkpoints more than ten times, according to Securitas staff who spoke with the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper on the condition of remaining anonymous.

Only security personnel in Arlanda's terminal 4 managed to discover the device – and were offered movie tickets as a reward.

“I don't feel at all safe when I fly from Arlanda,” a Securitas security checkpoint worker told the newspaper.

The securitas personnel explained that, throughout the autumn, a number of improvised explosive device (IED) tests had been carried out at Arlanda, whereby test subjects attempted to pass through security with a fake bomb placed in their carry-on luggage.

“I think it was what we call a 'Donald Duck bomb', one with simple construction and easy to discover,” one employee told DN.

Securitas staff members blame a recent directive to cut costs for the serious security lapses at Arlanda.

“They only think about money, not security,” a Securitas employee said.

According to an internal memo reviewed by DN, Securitas is in the middle of a procurement bid with Swedavia, the company that manages operations at Arlanda and other Swedish airports.

“We need to show Swedavia that we're capable of meeting their requirements now!” the memo said.

However, Mats Paulsson, who oversees security at the airport, told DN that security at Arlanda meets accepted standards and that passengers have no need to worry.

“We believe that we have a totally acceptable level of security. It's something we've put in place through a dialogue with police and the National Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen),” he said.

Ludmilla Bjerke, head of security for Securitas Aviation, refused to comment on the fact that several employees failed to discover the fake bombs.

“We are continually performing tests. For obvious reasons, I can't comment on security matters at the airport,” Bjerke told DN.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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11:14 November 25, 2011 by John.Smith
I fly thru Arlanda twice a week. have to say that the Terminal 4 guys are faster, more efficient and more detailed than the other terminals.
11:36 November 25, 2011 by isenhand
on the plus side they did manage to spot an xmas pudding and some sugar paste yesterday!
12:13 November 25, 2011 by vancer
its ok if they miss fake bombs, fake bombs are no risk

As long as they find real bombs all is good
12:31 November 25, 2011 by Kevin Harris
What not to say when your staff have allowed an obvious bomb to pass through ten airport security checkpoints:

"We believe that we have a totally acceptable level of security. It's something we've put in place through a dialogue with police and the National Transport Agency."

Mats (about to look for a new job) Paulsson - airport security manager
13:22 November 25, 2011 by gabeltoon
This is not good.It has put me off wanting to fly to SWEDEN. The USA has better security ,i thought maybe a touch to much but after reading this report the USA has right idea.
13:23 November 25, 2011 by JulieLou40
Jesus Christ, here we go...how long til a real bomb is now planted at Arlanda, or on a plane departing from there, once the terrorists read this???

I just hope it's not a plane with me or any of my family on it.
13:36 November 25, 2011 by RobinHood
Who wants to respond to Gabeltoon in the time honored way we deal with posts like that?
13:58 November 25, 2011 by hjoian
i was let through security with a set of 10 knives in my hand baggage! I thought i was going through to check in but it was departure lounge. He did ask to see them,and let me through anyway.......disturbing.
15:45 November 25, 2011 by dougwinstone
Gabeltoon- Sweden is the most dangerous place in the world, in fact we have lots of North Koreans, Iraqis, Iranians here, other reasons to not visit are the free health system, lots of public nudity and the socialists parties (that's like communism).

Stay at home where you and your family will be safe!
15:51 November 25, 2011 by Svensksmith
Sweden is too dangerous. I think I will vacation instead in East L.A.
17:45 November 25, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
A dialogue? How about some action instead. This is bad news for Sweden. Who wants to go there for a vacation, except the terrorists, as it is so easy to blow up a plane.
19:43 November 25, 2011 by Soft Boiled
Imagine being caught with a real bomb at Arlanda... thats atleast 20 weeks community service.. possibly 25 weeks if the judge is in a bad mood!
23:08 November 25, 2011 by BillyB
So far to date fake bombs have caused 0 deaths.

Lets no panic too much over this....
17:33 November 26, 2011 by old git
Seems to me the only thing Swedish administrations dont do lightly is take your taxes either 25% vat or income tax to pay for their buffoonery . then for a few kronor they will come down on you like a ton of bricks.
16:28 November 27, 2011 by cogito
"...other reasons to not visit are the free health system..." (#9)

@dougwinstone

"free" healthcare? Free?

Free=Other People's Money. Someone is working and paying sky high taxes to pay for your "free" healthcare.

You must be one of the freeloaders
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