Tennis rackets deemed weapon at Leeds Bradford airport
A man is 'outraged' after Leeds Bradford airport security destroyed his stepson’s tennis rackets over safety concerns.
Airport news for Leeds Bradford,Flights on 13/08/2012.
A man has said he is outraged after Leeds Bradford airport security destroyed his stepson’s tennis rackets over safety concerns.
Forty-six-year-old Richard Chew said that security told him that the children’s rackets had the potential to become ‘lethal weapons’ because they could be used to strike a flight attendant in the head.
Chew and Will, his 9-year-old stepson, were about to board a flight to the Spanish island of Majorca for a holiday with Vicky, Will’s mother. But Chew said that he was forced to take out the boy’s rackets out of his handbag at security so that they could be destroyed, despite his protests.
The holidaymaker said to the Daily Mail that he was angry because he had learned that passengers can take needles and small scissors on a flight, which he said could be far more dangerous than children’s plastic sporting equipment. He said that security officials should be allowed to use some degree of “common sense” even though they’re required to follow regulations.
Meanwhile, a Leeds Bradford Airport spokesman said that the items were prohibited under government legislation, which strictly dictates what is allowed to be carried in hand luggage. He added that airports are frequently audited for compliance on the matter.
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