Since September 11th 2001, airline and airport security is supposed to have been dramatically tightened around the world and especially so in America and the UK. It is supposed to impossible to get airside at an airport while carrying anything even remotely offensive as everybody (including airport employees) is thoroughly screened and their luggage x-rayed before they can get airside.
However, Theory and Practice have long been known to not like each other’s company, and getting caught up in this at Edinburgh Airport last night proved that.
What’s more, it is not an isloated incident. Two months before, this happened, also at Edinburgh Airport.
Had either one of these been a determined terrorist or suicide bomber, the consequences could have catastrohpic. The hour that the airside part of the airport was closed following its evacuation last night was by no means enough to conduct a really thorough sweep had someone wanted to hide something.
You can never stop a really determined person, however there should be better procedures and security in place to prevent such incidents as these.