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Airport worker put 'working pipe bomb' in her pocket'

An airport worker put a 'working pipe bomb' in her pocket after it was seized from a Ryanair passenger's luggage.

The 'crude improvised explosive device' was found in the zip lining of Nadeem Muhammad's suitcase, as he went through security at Manchester Airport on January 30.

Security terminal manager Deborah Jeffrey then 'popped' the dangerous object it her jacket, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The 'explosive device' was found in the zip lining of Ryanair passenger Nadeem Muhammad's suitcase, as he went through security at Manchester Airport

The 'explosive device' was found in the zip lining of Ryanair passenger Nadeem Muhammad's suitcase, as he went through security at Manchester Airport

Ms Jeffrey said: 'I put the item into my pocket so it wouldn't go missing.'

The device, made of batteries, masking tape, the tube of a marker pen and wire, was found to have no traces of destructive substances after a swab and scan.

Ms Jeffrey, who has worked at the airport for 19 years, said she later put it through an X-ray machine but could not see a detonator and did not believe it was viable.

It was later passed to counter terrorism police and found to be a 'potentially viable' bomb containing nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose.

The object had been spotted by security officers when Muhammad's small green hand luggage went through scanners at the airport.

Ms Jeffrey said she had been 'shocked' when the device was first brought to her attention.

'I thought 'my God, what is it?

'There are strange things people carry in their bags but I'd not seen anything like that before', she said.

Muhammad was making his way from Manchester Airport (file photo) to Italy when the device was found

Muhammad was making his way from Manchester Airport

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