Cardiff Airport staff seize passenger's frozen turkey
Security staff confiscated a frozen turkey a holidaymaker tried to smuggle on to a flight from Cardiff Airport.
The bird was wanted for a festive meal by the man heading for Malaga as he was worried he would not find one in Spain.
It tops a list of bizarre items seized from passengers which also includes a chainsaw, life-jackets, a goldfish and a briefcase full of bricks.
Airport officials are urging passengers to check what they are allowed to take before trying to board their plane.
A spokesman said: "Finding a turkey in hand-luggage is one of the most strange things we've ever found.
Items seized at Cardiff Airport
- A 10lb frozen turkey
- A palm tree in a sand bag
- A butcher's knife
- A briefcase full of bricks
- A goldfish
- A chainsaw
- Two unpacked armchairs
- Source: Cardiff Airport
"The passenger was quite puzzled about why they couldn't take it on board with them.
"But we had to confiscate it - and it was destroyed, of course."
When challenged by security staff the passenger asked: "Why are you making a fuss - will it thaw at 30,000ft?"
He was informed it was illegal to take perishable foodstuffs abroad without proper permission.
Officials have revealed the finds in a bid to speed-up safety checks.
The airport's services and security manager Ceri Mashlan said: "It's important for passengers to make sure they're aware of what you can and can't carry on an aircraft before they travel to the airport."