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An Israeli tourist was arrested upon arrival at Phuket Airport, southern Thailand, yesterday after security found 55 bullets in his luggage. The 29 year old tourist of Israeli nationality, Gan Chamoun Farjun, arrived in Phuket on a domestic flight at 12.30pm. When Farjun’s grey Samsonsite suitcase went through the scanner at airport security, officials noticed what looked like bullet-like objects in his luggage. Security searched the suitcase and found 55 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. Police arrested the tourist in the airport’s domestic terminal under suspicion of, “illegal possession of and illegally carrying ammunition.” He was taken to Sakhu Police Station in […]

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4 hours ago, Thaiger said:

Wherever he came from, it is concerning the bullets were not flagged up by security from the airport he departed from.


Perhaps concerning (if a responsibility is assumed where there's none), but certainly not surprising... 

Bullets in checked baggage are not a major (or even medium) risk to a flight. From the point of view of the operator, it makes sense to prioritize things like explosives, toothpaste and peanut butter, the latter 2 examples being common false positives (as flagged by automatic scans). All those false positives cause economic loss since every flagged warning needs to be evaluated and then ignored (overruled) or investigated manually.

The country of departure doesn't care (any potential problem has left) and the flight operator only wants to ensure that the plane doesn't explode mid-flight or gets hijacked. Neither effect is caused by checked-in bullets, so checking for bullets is not worth the (costly) effort. If they're spotted early, great. If not, it's up to the country of arrival (if they have an issue with bullets).


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