Oops. There was a knife in her purse
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
ERIDANI Mulder's trip to Canberra has put the state of Rockhampton's airport security under fire.
Ms Mulder flew to Canberra about two weeks ago to visit friends and do some sightseeing.
When she passed through the airport security X-ray machine she went through all the regular checks.
"At this stage the airport security did detect a metal dinner fork in the bottom of my backpack,'' said the 23-year-old Central Queensland University student. Later that day in Canberra, Ms Mulder was visiting Parliament House when their security staff picked up the knife on their security system.
"My exact words I believe were 'That's not possible, I went through airport security this morning,' '' she said.
"I was very surprised.''
The Swiss Army pocket knife airport security in Rockhamp-ton missed contained two blades, one about 5cm long and another about 2cm long.
When Ms Mulder went through airport security the knife was located in an inside pocket in her purse.
The airport operations manager, Iain Lobegeier, said security was something the airport took very seriously.
"We will certainly be investigating this further,'' he said.
"We will be wanting answers.'' He also said all the airport security in Rockhampton was contracted through Qantas and the system was regularly check-ed.
This was the first Mr Lobegeier had heard of the situation and he said he would follow it up and find the problem.