I flew to the UK from our small provincial French airport last week and the sign telling you what you weren't allowed to have in your hand luggage had a new addition: "nothing smelly."
The word "smelly" in itself puzzled me as it doesn't seem a very official sort of word and I did wonder if it was a poor translation from French but I couldn't find a similar sign in French (the airport is used mainly by British ex-pats). Nor could I see a similar sign at Stansted on my way back.
I am intrigued as to what the "smelly" objects might be: dirty socks? local goat's cheese? perfume? (no examples were given). And also why would they present a danger?
Has anyone ever heard of someone being stopped for trying to take a "smelly object" on the plane with them? And if so, what was it?