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Daughter shocked after her charity shop suitcase tests positive for explosives at airport security

A MUM has warned people about buying suitcases secondhand, after her daughter’s thrifty purchase got her stopped at airport security.

The woman was at the airport ready to fly to Istanbul when she was pulled over for a search at the security gates.

The mum’s daughter was stopped at airport security after the scanner made an unexpected discovery

It turned out that traces of explosives were found on the bag that she had bought from a charity shop.

The parent took to Tiktok, where she shared her words of warning in a video.

Zoe Hoyle (@zoeehoyle) shared footage of her daughter making her way through the airport, using captions to explain what happened.

She wrote: “Take not, don’t buy a suitcase from a charity shop. My daughter gets stopped and scanned as the case has evidence of explosive products used for making bombs.”

Zoe said that the security discovery resulted in “a 30 minute search and investigation” before her daughter was ultimately allowed to continue with her trip.

Zoe’s video has been seen more than 350,000 times, with other users sharing similar stories of airport mix-ups.

One wrote: “I had the same when I used my lad’s old rucksack which he had used to carry fireworks.”

Another said: “A lot of moisturisers and sunscreen test positive as explosives, happened to me before and security told me it was my sunscreen.”

A third added: “This happened to me with my daughter’s pram handles!”

Contaminated suitcases aside, airport security is expected to get a lot easier within the next 18 months or so.

Airports in the UK are ditching the ban on liquids over 100ml, meaning passengers travelling through UK airports can carry drinks, make up and liquids of any size in their hand luggage for the first time in 16 years.

According to The Times, passengers will be able to keep everything in their bags instead of being asked to remove laptops and ditch liquids over 100ml at screenings.  

Luggage will then pass through special CT scanners which allows airport security to inspect bags from a 3D image, which will be a vast improvement from the 2D images currently used.

Trials of the new technology are already underway at Heathrow and it is expected to be rolled out as a permanent feature at the UK’s biggest airports by mid 2024.

The new scanners also mean that travellers will no longer need to place liquids into a clear, plastic bag.

The daughter was searched at airport security for 30 minutes after the discovery

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