...And Free Explosives At Charles de Gaulle

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And in France, there's nothing like reality training for airport security staff (two-legged and otherwise). French authorities have now banned the practice of security inspectors slipping real plastic explosive into the baggage of unsuspecting passengers to test the abilities of bomb-sniffing dogs. Last Friday, one of the dogs apparently had a head cold or some other lapse. The allegedly bomb-laden luggage got through and possibly onto a plane at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We say "possibly" because as of Wednesday the explosive still hadn't been found, which also suggests the dog may have been up to snuff but that the explosives had been ... liberated or otherwise misplaced ... prior to the sniff test. When they realized what had happened, French authorities ordered the search of luggage aboard three aircraft that left the airport about the time the five-ounce package went missing. The explosive was not found in the bags aboard the flights, which were headed to New York and Los Angeles. So far, no passenger has reported finding the explosives in his or her bag.