December 20, 2011 The TSA has announced that on Monday, screeners at Reagan-Washington National Airport discovered two throwing daggers hidden inside a hollowed-out book in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
The two daggers concealed in a hard cover book in a carry-on bag measured over six inches long. The passenger was not arrested and was allowed to continue on his flight to Chicago.
Perhaps the TSA has a severe case of the Christmas spirit. On December 5, the TSA announced that baggage screeners discovered five grenades in a woman’s checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport en route to Belgium.
A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman, Lisa Farbstein said the woman was allowed to board the flight to Belgium after explosives experts said the grenades were inoperable, and never posed a threat.
According to the TSA, both passengers willingly surrendered the weapons, however, it remains unclear as to why the weapons were in the luggage in the first place. TSA officials said no arrests were made or are expected to be made in connection to either incident.
The TSA has reportedly found stun guns, firearm components, ammunition, replica firearms, brass knuckles, nunchucks, switchblades, butterfly knives, collapsible batons, and several knives with blades up to 8 inches long – just this week.
On the TSA website, it explains:
“Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items in their bag.”
That sounds reasonable, especially given the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s least popular agency’s reputation for unreasonable searches. However, in the next paragraph it states:
“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.”
The five grenades discovered in a woman’s checked luggage two weeks ago may have slipped her mind. The daggers discovered in the carry-on bag on Monday would most certainly qualify as ‘artfully concealed.’