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Man jokes about terrorism at German airport

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Police say a German man was temporarily detained at Stuttgart airport after he repeatedly told security personnel that he had explosives in his underwear.

The 42-year-old man apparently was joking about the failed attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day by igniting explosives concealed in his underwear.

Police said a full body search of the German man on Tuesday did not turn up any explosives, but Tuifly airline refused to let the man, his wife and daughter board the plane to Egypt, where they planned a vacation.

The police said in a statement that the family would not be refunded for the cost of their canceled trip and could "expect a fine of up to euro1,000 ($1,444) ... and possible costs for the police operation."

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