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TSA: Walking Cane Concealed Sword; Flier Unaware

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Transportation Security Administration representative Lisa Farbstein shows a sword that was hidden in a cane before a TSA news conference on travel security, Friday, May 13, 2016, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 07:25 PM

TSA officials believe that an 80-year-old woman was completely unaware that her walking cane, a gift from her son, had a sword hidden inside it.

TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell told the story of the cane Thursday at Myrtle Beach International Airport as an example of dangerous items carried by passengers there. The woman had to leave the cane at the airport in order to catch her flight, and Howell said she isn’t the first one to be unaware that a simple cane contains a deadly weapon, according to The Sun News.

“It happens a lot, actually,” Howell said. “People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn’t found until we X-ray it,” The Sun News reported. Some also pack their guns by accident, or just forget to take it out of their bags when heading on an airplane.

“The most common excuse is ‘oops, I forgot to take it out before I came to the airport,’ or their husband or wife packed the bag for them,” Howell said. The penalty for a gun found in a passenger’s bag can be a fine of up to $11,000 and possible criminal charges from law enforcement, The Sun News reported.

Among other no-no items are chain saws, fake or real hand grenades, and fake or real guns, The Sun News reported. “You could cause a major panic on board an aircraft just for brandishing something like that,” Howell said.

“When we put it through [screening] we’re not going to know at first glance whether it’s real or not, so in an overabundance of caution we’re going to shut the whole checkpoint down,” he said.

About 25 to 30 pounds of banned items a month are collected by the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, airport, which gives them to the state of Alabama where they are sold by the state’s surplus office, The Sun News reported.

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