Airport security halts passenger carrying pork pie onboard flight

In Manchester Airport’s defence, it was a very juicy pork pie.

A Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.
Melton Mowbray magic. The ultimate pork pie. Image Creative Commons

It’s rare for pork pies to feature much in the news these days, with that special mix of pastry, meat and weird gross jelly rarely proving headline worthy in the 2010s.

But that all changed the moment Wigan pensioner Norman Pearson attempted to board a flight to Spain armed with a rather large pork pie.

Keen to indulge in a bit of Melton Mowbray magic on the outbound flight, Pearson had packed the pie in a carry-on bag he planned to take on board.

But he had a bit of a shock when Manchester Airport security took offence to his tasty looking snack.

“It must have been a very juicy pie”

Having put Pearson’s bag through security scanners, officials were concerned when they noticed an alarming amount of liquid had come up during the scan.

What they didn’t realise was that the former Civil Servant was just carrying a particularly juice pie that had been purchased from a local pub the night before.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, his brother Roy Pearson admitted his sibling has “always been fond of pies.”

“The people in security said they have never seen that before. It must have been a very juicy pie,” he added.

“He was allowed to take it through security but I’m not sure if it lasted until he got on the flight.”

There has so far been no confirmation as to whether the pie was consumed alongside a spot of Brown Sauce or pickle, though the latter is unlikely to have been available on board.

As a general rule, all liquids must be carried in a plastic see-through bag and in quantities of 100ml or less.

Named after a small town in Leicestershire, the Melton Mowbray represents the most popular form of pork pie, with a history that dates back to the late 18th century when fox hunters would regularly indulge in a spot of meat and pastry goodness.

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