Man with pipebomb allowed on flight in Edmonton

Man with explosive device in carry-on allowed to board flight in Edmonton.

At least one security expert is questioning the protocols that were followed when a young man was allowed to get on a flight at the Edmonton International Airport in September despite having an explosive device seized from his carry-on luggage.

Skylar Murphy, 18, pleaded guilty last month to possession of an explosive substance and was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100.

Court documents describe the material seized from his luggage as black powder and a pipe bomb.

Four days after the seizure, Canada's Air Transport Security Authority called the RCMP and three days after that, Murphy was arrested upon his return to Canada.

A spokesman for CATSA said he could not go into details about their procedures and protocols for security reasons, though Mathieu Larocque did say screening officers ``do not have the authority to apprehend or detain passengers.''

``We are constantly reviewing and updating our procedures and training to ensure that screening officers are equipped to handle all sorts of security situations,'' said Larocque.

Andre Gerolymatos, a security analyst at Simon Fraser University, said ``everyone is dodging the bullet'' in this case.

``No one wants to take responsibility for what is obviously a series of mistakes,'' said Gerolymatos, who added the incident defies logic.

He suggested RCMP should have been notified immediately.

``If they were convinced that what was in his carry-on case was a dangerous substance, not even dangerous in the form of a bomb but dangerous in the form of an explosive,  he should not have been allowed to board a plane.''

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  1. ric posted on 01/15/2014 08:50 AM
    A BOMB THAT CAN TAKE DOWN AN AIRPLANE AND KILL ALL ABOARD. Catsa is a joke, just a bunch of wanna-be cops. He should have been taken down, frisked and searched and arrested on the spot. The judge and prosecution are a joke. A year probation and $100.00 fine. Of the 3, I don't know who the biggest bumbling idiots are.
    But I bet you that the guy behind him got chastised for having a bottle of water in his carry-on.
  2. Sic posted on 01/15/2014 06:50 PM
    Completely confirms the stupidity of the justice system in this country. If he had a nail clipper or the pin off a poppy he would have been put in shackles.
  3. AllanH_3880 posted on 01/16/2014 11:10 AM
    And I was chastised for forgetting my tooth paste in my travel bag ??????
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