TSA Finds Ninja Knives, Hand Grenades, and Loaded Pistols
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has gotten a lot of rotten tomatoes thrown their way since airport screening has become a way of life for American travelers.
We’ve heard tales of little old ladies being groped, long security lines in our airports, and imaging devices that threaten to make glowing radioactive night-lights of all of us.
In spite of all the negative press, perhaps we should all be thankful for what the TSA is removing from our nation’s airplanes.
Just look at what was found this week by the TSA:
“An artfully concealed non-metallic martial arts weapon called a “Tactical Spike” was found in the sock of a passenger at Pensacola (PNS) after being screened by a body scanner.
In one carry-on bag at Wichita (ICT), TSA Officers discovered a tree saw with a 13-inch blade, a pocketknife with a 3-inch blade, two throwing knives with 8-inch blades, eleven individual 30-06 rifle rounds, one 12-gauge shotgun slug, five count of buckshot, and five boxes, each containing 25 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun shells and a partridge in a pear tree.
In two separate incidents at Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN), two sets of three throwing knives were found in carry-on bags.
A total of three inert grenades were found in checked baggage at Salt Lake City (SLT) and Tucson (TUS). They were gifts…
In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also found stun guns, a realistic replica firearm, brass knuckles, a butterfly knife, a gravity assist knife, a collapsible baton, ammunition, firearm components, daggers, throwing knives, a brass knuckle knife, a switchblade, a torch lighter containing a spring loaded knife, a butcher knife, a throwing star, and a cat eye.
On the other hand, there are artfully concealed items… Artfully concealed means that the prohibited item was intentionally concealed with the intention of sneaking it through security:
– A 14” cane sword was discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
– A 3” double edged knife was found concealed as a belt buckle at Los Angeles (LAX).
Our officers found 10 loaded firearms and 3 unloaded firearms in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. Here’s a rundown of the 13 firearms our officers kept off of airplanes this week:
12/24: PNS – Loaded .380 w/ round in chamber – LIT – Unloaded .22 – MIA – Loaded 9mm
12/25: ATL – Loaded .32
12/26: SBN – Loaded .380
12/27: DEN – Loaded .380 w/ round in chamber
12/28: GEG – Unloaded 9mm – DFW – Loaded .32 w/ round in chamber – MCI – Loaded 9mm w/ 22 rounds and a round in chamber – DFW – Loaded .22
12/29: DEN – Unloaded .22 – IAH – Loaded .22 – IND – Loaded .32 – DFW – Loaded .380 w/ round in chamber”
How’s this for a New Year’s Resolution: let’s thank the next TSA agent we see for pulling this stuff off of our airplanes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t care to board a plane with some dude carrying a set of ninja knives.
:Amazed: Do you?
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