A SOLIHULL woman strolled through security at East Midlands Airport without realising she was carrying a kitchen knife onto her flight.
Sarah Hopkins, aged 45, had forgotten she'd left the knife in a packet of baby wipes after a family picnic.
Travelling to Tenerife from the airport near Nottingham, the Olton child minder discovered the blade in her hand luggage when she opened the wipes to clean her daughter's face, just before boarding the plane.
Ms Hopkins recalls leaving the knife in the wipes box to cut apples at a picnic and had forgotten all about it.
During the security checks her bag went through two X-ray machines and although she was asked to put perfumes and make up into a plastic bag, security staff completely missed the knife.
It was only after the three of them had eaten pizza before boarding that Sarah, mum to Molly aged five and Lucy, 12, rummaged in her overflowing bag for the packet of wipes.
"Molly had ketchup on her face and as I took the wipes out I saw the knife.
I was so shocked that my reaction attracted the attention of a another passenger who was as horrified as I was.
"I talked to her and we decided to simply put the knife back and board the flight to avoid a fuss.
"It seemed the ideal thing to do at the time."
Sarah then safely got through customs at Tenerife and for the trip back home put the knife into her hold luggage.
G4S, which operates security at East Midlands Airport said in a statement: "G4S Aviation Services operates a comprehensive search procedure at East Midlands airport to standards agreed with the Department for Transport.
We take any alleged breaches of security very seriously."
An airport spokesman said: "Airport security is everyone's responsibility, therefore we urge passengers to think carefully about what they carry on board aircraft at all times."
Caroline Spelman, Meriden MP and Chairman of the Conservative Party said:
"Everyone who uses airplanes is relying on people to be vigilant about carrying sharp objects that could injure passengers and staff on the plane.
"We need to have confidence in the security measures in place and also the human capacity to pick these things out."