Vienna International Airport: Nigerian Caught Boarding Plane With Walking Stick Blade

Nigerian Caught Boarding Plane With Walking Stick Blade. Foto: Travis Wise / flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)
Nigerian Caught Boarding Plane With Walking Stick Blade.
Foto: Travis Wise / flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)
13. September 2018 - 20:12

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A Nigerian passenger has tried to board a plane with a 30-centimetre blade concealed inside a walking stick. According to local media, the 40-year-old man was boarding a plane at Vienna International Airport when his cane was checked by security staff.

Unnamed passenger

The unnamed passenger, who is a resident of the Austrian capital Vienna, was going through security checks at Terminal 3 with a black walking stick that had a golden knob on top. Upon closer inspection, airport officials pulled out a 30-centimetre (11.8 inches) blade that was fixed to the cane's knob. The passenger was allegedly trying to take the concealed weapon on board the flight, although his motives for doing so are unknown.

Unsurprisingly, security officials considered the potentially-lethal walking stick a dangerous item and took it off the 40-year-old Nigerian. According to Austrian newspaper 'Heute', a charge has been filed against the passenger but he was not detained.

Passengers afraid

It is unclear whether the passenger was subsequently allowed to board the plane without the walking stick. Netizen 'Adrian' posted: "Uff, that could have been dangerous!" 'Rudi' commented: "They let him go free? What crazy times we are living in..." 'Angsthase' wrote: "We need tougher controls, this is certainly not an isolated case. Immediate re-entry ban! We do not need these people here."

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