TSA Week in Review: A gag gift gone wrong and other interesting tidbits

Gag Gift – A gag retirement gift designed to look like an improvised explosive device didn’t look like a gag to the TSA Officer who spotted it on the X-ray at St. Petersburg / Clearwater (PIE). With its metal box and wires strewn about, it looked like it could be the real deal.
Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 36 were loaded and 10 had rounds chambered.

Airsoft Guns – Two Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on baggage at Los Angeles (LAX). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage.
Stun Guns – Eight stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at: Baltimore (BWI), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), Memphis (MEM), Minneapolis (MSP), St. Louis (STL), Denver (DEN), and Chicago Midway (MDW).
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – Four inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered this week. Two were in carry-on bags at Las Vegas (LAS), and the others were discovered in checked baggage at Seattle (SEA), and San Jose (SJC).
An empty M60 igniter was discovered on a key ring at Richmond (RIC). While these do make interesting key rings, they can also be used in harmful ways. So… best not to bring them.
Items in the Strangest Places – A three-inch pocketknife was discovered concealed in a passenger’s bra at Honolulu (HNL) after she went through the metal detector.
A box cutter blade was detected concealed in the shoes of a Salt Lake City (SLC) passenger.
A 17½-inch sword was detected concealed in the cane of a Laredo (LRD) passenger.
Two paring knives were discovered concealed inside the lining of a passenger’s bag at Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
A lipstick knife was discovered in a passenger’s bag at San Antonio (SAT).
A credit card knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ).
A razor blade was detected in the shoe of a passenger at Phoenix (PHX).
Source: The TSA Blog – http://blog.tsa.gov