Baroness Neville-Jones, the UK government's security chief, was stopped at Heathrow with an oversize aerosol can in her hand-baggage. When security officials upbraided her for trying to bring banned objects onto a plane, she reportedly railed at them:
The Baroness was ticked off by border staff, who did not recognise her. But she took offence when they told her how important security is. The 71-year-old Baroness, known for being haughty, ranted: "Of course I know how important it is, I'm the Security Minister."
Ironically, the former head of the British Joint Intelligence Committee was on her way to discuss the war on terror with US security chiefs. Her outburst at Heathrow Airport came just two days before an ink cartridge containing explosives was found in Britain on a US-bound cargo plane. A Whitehall source said: "No one could believe it when they heard about the rant. After all, the border staff were only doing their job.