While two men suspected of planning a terror attack on an Etihad flight from Sydney await trial, a man who attempted to carry a pipe bomb on board a flight out of Manchester has been found guilty of possessing explosives with intent to harm.
Born in Pakistan, Nadeem Muhammed tried to smuggle a pipe bomb onto a Ryanair flight to Italy on 30 January, but was stopped by airport officials who found the device in his carry-on luggage.
In what was likely to be a suicide attack, the 43-year-old had hid the bomb inside a marker pen barrel with a manual trigger, Reuters reported.
After he was released by airport security, Muhammed travelled through the airport again on his way to Italy on 5 February, and was arrested by police upon his return to the UK a week later.
In his defence, Muhammed, who carries an Italian passport, claimed one of his children had probably put the bomb in his luggage.
But prosecutors argued the man had intended to blow up the device mid-air.
“Nadeem Muhammed's motive for attempting to take this device onto a plane remains unknown,” Crown Prosecution Service’s Sue Hemming said.
“However it is clear that the consequences, had he been successful, could have been disastrous.”
CCCTV footage has emerged showing the felon calmly alighting from a train and making his way through airport security.