UPDATED: Bratislava airport bomb scare was false alarm

BRATISLAVA airport security forces detained a passenger suspected of carrying a bomb in his luggage September 18, only to find that the device he was carrying was an experimental treatment for psoriasis, the daily Sme reported.

BRATISLAVA airport security forces detained a passenger suspected of carrying a bomb in his luggage September 18, only to find that the device he was carrying was an experimental treatment for psoriasis, the daily Sme reported.

The suspect was a Slovenian citizen and was en route to the Spanish city of Malaga. In recent years there has not been “such an explicit situation” as this, TASR reported Trhlík as saying.

“I can confirm that this morning a passenger with luggage was identified at the Bratislava airport, which showed all the signs of an active explosive system,” airport director Ivan Trhlík said, as quoted by TASR September 12.

It took investigators several hours to determine the purpose of the device. A medical expert told Sme that it is not an officially prescribed method for treating the skin disease, some patients do use it for that purpose.

Spokesperson of the Presidium of Police Corps Denisa Baloghová informed the SITA newswire later in the day that officials eliminated the possibility that the device was a bomb.

(Source: TASR, SITA, Sme)
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani and Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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