Nine-year-old boy's caterpillar birthday cake leads to airport security alert
The 41-year-old was subjected to a body search just as he was about to fly to Alicante for his son Freddie's ninth birthday celebrations.
"I had the cake in my hand luggage and customs asked to check inside after it had passed through the x-ray machine," he said. "To the officer's surprise there was a chocolate caterpillar cake in the bag. He then swabbed the inside of the bag and put it into a machine. That's 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."
Mr Barrett of Dartford, Kent was eventually allowed to fly out to Alicante and join his wife Kathryn, 41, and son, who had departed a week earlier.
The positive test on the cake was blamed on acetate in wrapping, which can show up on certain airport sensors.
Mr Barrett, who says he works in the security industry himself, offered the security staff a piece of the cake but they said he should save it to my son - leaving him to quip that at least he didn't have to 'explain a half-eaten cake to him'.
A spokesman from Stansted airport said that their priority is safety for staff and passengers, while Sainsbury's said it was the first time it had received reports of its birthday cakes causing a security alert and told Kent Online that it was 'very sorry' for the inconvenience caused.
Crazy - but we bet young Freddie LOVES the story behind his birthday cake!