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Caterpillar Cake Sparks Airport Security Alert

Friday 5th October 2012

A father was given a strip search at Stansted airport after security officials mistook his son's birthday cake for explosives.

Caterpillar cake

Justin Barrett had bought the Wiggles Caterpillar cake from Sainsbury's to celebrate his son Freddie's ninth birthday and was taking it to Spain for a family holiday.

But his hand luggage flashed up as a security risk andhe was whisked off to a side room where he was asked to remove his clothes to continue the search. Eventually, airport officials discovered the cake box was appearing as explosives.

Mr Barrett said: "I had the cake in my hand luggage and customs asked to check inside after it had passed through the x-ray machine.

"To the officerís surprise there was a chocolate Caterpillar cake in the bag. He then swabbed the inside of the bag and put it into a machine.

"Thatís when it ended up going bleep and the customs officer said it had found traces of explosives. They took me to a room and began a thorough search of my body."

The positive test was attributed to acetate in the plastic wrapping on the cake box, which can show up as explosives on some airport sensors.