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Airport security discovers old woman’s cane to be a concealed sword

Honest mistake or secret Bond villain? You decide.

Recently at Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina, TSA agents discovered a sword concealed within an 80-year-old woman’s walking cane (not the one pictured above). The item was stashed in her carry-on luggage, and when security personnel gave its bronze handle a twist, the sword revealed itself.

According to TSA spokesman Mark Howell, the lady had no idea the cane – a gift from her son – was actually a sword. He added that these things happen all the time, noting how tourists buy souvenirs without knowing the items have concealed blades.

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The TSA confiscates so many of these strange things – including bone daggers, Batarangs, and alligator heads – that they’ve actually started an Instagram account about it.

Make no bones about it, no knives are allowed to be packed in carry-on bags. I’d make a joke about it, but there’s nothing “humerus” about trying to take prohibited items on the plane. They must all be packed in checked bags. This knife was found in a carry-on bag at Baltimore (BWI).

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We’re pretty sure this isn’t a letter opener. A bladed dragon claw perhaps??? Whatever it is, it should be packed in checked baggage. It was discovered in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL).

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Three #batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport (CHO). It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic… Oh, what the heck. We’ll laugh anyway!

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Packing list: Socks. ✅ Toothbrush. ✅ Curling Iron. ✅ Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask. ❌ While gas masks are allowed in carry-on bags, replica bullets are not. This was discovered in a carry-on bag at Miami (MIA). Maybe he was catching a one way flight to #FuryRoad?

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