Sword on a plane

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 10:44pm

A man was caught with "cane-sword" as part of his carry-on luggage in Dallas, TX.
It turns out the man had already passed a TSA checkpoint with the weapon, and was about to board a connecting flight.

"They need to catch it. There's a reason. I'm not sure why they didn't, but yeah, I think I would rather them catch him than not," said passenger Linda Hills, "So I would say, yeah, it would
probably be unsafe."

According to incident reports, a man boarded a flight in Corpus Christi with the cane sword as part of his carry on luggage and flew to D.F.W.

The 14-inch blade went through an x-ray machine but was missed by TSA agents in Corpus Christi. While waiting on a connecting flight at D.F.W., the man stepped outside to smoke. When he tried to re-enter the boarding area that the knife was found.


"It happens a lot more than people know because it's not publicized," said Denny Kelly, aviation consultant.

Denny Kelly is a former pilot, and He says the security breach could have had serious
consequences.


"It just depends on how willing that person is to do whatever they want to do," said Kelly.

The TSA released a statement saying, "The biggest threat to aviation today, explosives and explosives components. While edge weapons such as swords remain a prohibited item it will not cause catastrophic damage."

Still, some passengers say a weapon of any kind aboard a flight and the slightest motivation might not down a plane, but someone could still be injured or worse.


"Well, they're not doing their jobs is what I think, because there's no way that you should be able to do that. I mean, it's everybody's safety's in jeopardy," said passenger Aron Fields.
 

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