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It's sadly reassuring to know that the French police can f*ck up security as badly as we do

House Blend reader Paul found this incredibly case of French Police Misplacing Explosives on Jet. (AP):

Police at Paris’ top airport lost track of a passenger’s bag in which plastic explosives were placed to train bomb-sniffing dogs, police said Saturday. Warned that the bag may have gotten on any of nearly 90 flights from Charles de Gaulle, authorities searched planes upon arrival in Los Angeles and New York.

French police said the explosives were harmless and there was no chance of their going off, since no detonators were connected to them.

More than 300 passengers were evacuated and their luggage searched when their Air France flight from Charles de Gaulle arrived in Los Angeles late Friday the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said

Two Air France and one American Airlines flight to Paris were also searched in New York City, TSA spokesman Norm Brewer said. No explosives were found on any of the flights.

French police at Charles de Gaulle deliberately placed up to five ounces of plastic explosives into a passenger’s luggage Friday evening, police spokesman Pierre Bouquin said.

But a “momentary lack of surveillance” led to the bag being lost on a conveyor belt carrying luggage from check-in to planes, he said.

Like it makes much difference when folks on the no-fly lists manage to get up in the air on transcontinental flights without question.

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