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.''