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.
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.
Have you ever debated about whether or not you can pack a certain item in your checked or carry-on bag? Fret no more! Now you can simply snap a picture and tweet it to @AskTSA or send it via Facebook Messenger and our team will get back to you promptly with an answer. If you're a regular follower of this account, I'm sure you can think of many situations where it would have behooved somebody to send us a picture first. And that's not all. Contact us about any TSA related issue or question you might have. We can even help you with TSA Pre✓® issues. We look forward to answering your questions, 8am-10pm ET weekdays; 9am-7pm weekends/holidays. #AskTSA #TSATravelTips