A PASSENGER flying from Newcastle Airport was pulled aside at security after staff thought his pease pudding was the plastic explosive Semtex.
The man was heading to board an EasyJet flight to Gatwick when staff discovered he had six tubs of the traditional North-East delicacy in his hand luggage.
The food, made from split peas, was removed from his bags, along with several Greggs pies, before he was allowed to board.
The 58-year-old part-time actor, who lives in Sussex, said he was surprised to be stopped by security.
“I love my pease pudding. I think the resemblance to Semtex was pushing it a bit far, as it was in containers marked ‘pease pudding’.”
After being told that the consistency of the pudding could see it ‘technically’ classed as Semtex, he offered to let security taste it to prove it wasn’t.
The pease-pudding lover was allowed through with his snacks and simply warned to pack them in hold luggage the next time he travels.
He said: “I was very glad that they allowed me to keep them in the end. It is quite hard to get your hands on pease pudding down south.”
A Newcastle Airport spokesman said they do not comment on security matters, but an HM Customs spokeswoman said: “There is no customs policy with regard to pease pudding so far as I am aware.”