It was a security scare that put Gatwick into 'lockdown' - and cost the airport £1.2m in lost business.
A Frenchman was seen dumping an air rifle in a bin in the departure hall - just hours after 130 people were killed in the Paris terror attacks.
But Jerome Chauris walked free from court, as a jury accepted his defence that his poor English meant he was confused by the signs at Gatwick.
Malcolm Shaw reports.
A Turkish man sparked a security scare at Gatwick Airport today after passing through customs without a ticket.The man managed to reach the departure lounge at around 8.20am before he was stopped by staff.
Shocked passengers were said to have left the airport after hearing what had happened.
Two men who sparked a major alert at Gatwick Airport were arrested as they flew back into the airport yesterday.
The men had been identified by Sussex Police as departing on a flight to Majorca on Wednesday after leaving a van suspiciously in a North Terminal car park.
This sparked a major security alert and a controlled explosion was carried out on the vehicle
The men, both 33, one from Enfield, Middlesex, and the other who gave no address, were arrested on suspicion of theft, fraud by false representation, handling stolen goods, causing a public nuisance and money laundering. They were questioned and have been bailed until August 28.
The Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark will sail into Weymouth later as the force prepares to provide security for the sailing events at the Olympic Games.
Patrol vessels, landing craft, the Royal Marines and Merlin Helicopters will patrol the coast of Dorset during the games.
Southampton-based Cunard was forced to shut its online booking system after personal details of 1,200 passengers were emailed out to people who are registered with the company.
It is not known how many people were sent the information but it meant names, addresses and booking details were mailed out in error. The issue earlier has just been revealed. Cunard spokeswoman Jackie Chase confirmed the mishap.