Shoe lifts cause airport security incident
Man trying to appear taller set off security alarms
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 4:55 PM ET
A man detained at Toronto's Pearson airport who was thought to be carrying "suspicious materials" had actually stuffed his shoes to appear taller, police say.
Earlier on Tuesday, police told CBC News they had detained a man who they said had tried to pass through airport security carrying shrapnel in one shoe and batteries in the other. He was preparing to board a flight to Chicago's O'Hare airport.
After five hours of questioning, police determined the man posed no security threat and released him without charges at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The misunderstanding set off security alarm bells that involved the Peel Regional Police, the RCMP and INSET, Canada’s integrated security enforcement team.
"If anything, this was a crime of vanity," said CBC News reporter John Lancaster.
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