Newcastle Airport security threatens to confiscate pease pudding from passenger… after it was mistaken for Semtex explosive
- The Geordie passenger was pulled aside at customs by security
- Six tubs of pease pudding, and several Greggs pies were removed
- Staff thought the North East delicacy was the plastic explosive, Semtex
- Pease pudding is made from split peas, boiled with onion and carrot
A passenger flying from Newcastle Airport to Gatwick was pulled aside at security after staff thought his pease pudding was Semtex, a plastic explosive.
The part-time actor was going through customs to board his EasyJet flight, when airport staff discovered he had six £1.80 tubs of the traditional pudding and North East delicacy in his hand luggage.
The boiled-legume dish was removed from his bags, along with several Greggs pies.
Pease pudding is a traditional dish made with split peas and a favourite in the North East of England
The 58-year-old, who previously appeared in the BBC TV series Blackadder, was surprised at the mix-up.
‘I love my pease pudding,’ he told The Mirror.
‘I think the resemblance to Semtex was pushing it a bit far as it was in containers marked pease pudding.’
Security staff told the traveller his pease pudding could ‘technically’ be classed as Semtex
However, the traveller did admit he was carrying six tubs of the pudding along with pies from the Greggs bakery – which became synonymous with the ‘pasty tax’ introduced and then scrapped by Chancellor George Osborne in 2012.
After being told that the consistency of the pudding could see it ‘technically’ classed as Semtex, he reportedly offered to let security taste the delicacy to prove it wasn’t.
Luckily for the pease-lover, who lives in Sussex, he was allowed through with his snacks and was simply warned to pack them in hold luggage the next time he was travelling.
The traveller has also placed several Greggs pies in his hand luggage for the journey
An customs spokeswoman said: ‘There is no customs policy with regard to pease pudding so far as I am aware.’
When MailOnline contacted a Newcastle Airport spokeswoman, she said they do not comment on security matters.
WHAT IS PEASE PUDDING?
- The legume delicacy is popular in the North east of England, in some parts of the Midlands and in Newfoundland in Canada.
- It is made from split peas boiled with onion and carrot in a paste-like consistency
It is not the first time unusual items have been picked up by airport security scanners.
Stansted Airport has previously confiscated items including furry handcuffs, while two Italian women were stopped at Munich Airport, in Germany for trying to transport a human skeleton belonging to a dead relative.
Last year, customs officers at Birmingham Airport seized a giant squash from a passenger who was trying to smuggle it into Britain from Asia.
The 4ft-long vegetable, which weighed in more than at 4st, was found with 175lb (79kg) of fish and 94,000 cigarettes from Bangladesh. A spokesman for Solihull Council said: ‘It is a bit of a rare find, as you can imagine we do get cigarettes a lot, but not a squash, especially not one of this size.’
America’s TSA (Transport Security Administration) even has an Instagram account where it documents the weird wonder, and sometimes downright dangerous, items confiscated at security.
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