Skip to comments.Airport scan finds sword in cane
Posted on 03/21/2013 10:31:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono
WASHINGTON, - The Transportation Security Administration said a woman didn't know her cane contained a sword until she went through an X-ray machine at a Washington airport.
The TSA said the machine picked up something strange about the woman's cane Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport and officers discovered the knob unscrewed to reveal a sword, WUSA-TV, Washington, reported Thursday.
TSA officials said the woman had purchased the cane at an antique store and was unaware of the concealed weapon. She was allowed to continue on to her flight -- without the cane.
Cold Steel has those. They’re SO cool looking...
They make those now and knives too out of carbon fiber, sharp as steel, stronger than steel, lighter than steel and totally transparent on xray, metal detectors and imaging scanners.
These idiots took my kids skateboard wrench, years ago but let him take the skate board on.
Which would you rather get clonked with?
TSA is insane.
A can of soda in a gym sock is a formidable weapon.
I think, now that I live in a free state, I might just scrounge up the money and buy one.
(Now accepting donations?) Ha!
Damn thieves. I bet the TSA union goons divide all the booty they steal (and the loose change that people leave that adds up).
What is that right below the brass kunckles? I know what it looks like, but it can’t be that.
It’s described in the Code of Virginia. . .
“any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain;”
I wouldn’t worry about the blade so much as I would worry about the handle. That looks like something you use to shatter glass. At 37,000 feet, knocking out a window would be more devastating then trying to swing a sword.
Hahahahaha ...you too I see. I saw that and couldn't believe my eyes. As a martial artist, I know what nunchakus look like, and those are not nunchakus. I am talking about the item below the knuckle-dusters, to the side of the tear gas sprays, and directly above the kubotan/yari stick. They look - exactly - like something used for certain sexual acts of a anterior/posterior nature. Maybe the TSA is trying to be funny, but whatever those are they are not nunchakus.
Forget about the blade, that would be a war hammer to anybody except TSA, which seemed only mildly suspicious to them. I guess TSA has never even perused orthopedic supply catalogs to see what normal canes look like. Or know how to spot the simple modification to a regular cane to turn it into a martial-arts weapon. :)
are you inferring this is a photo of the cane in the article?
Completely debunked on Myth Busters. If, on the other hand, you knock out the airplane's window with a sizable bomb, the resulting hole could be a problem.
Jawbone of an ass?
Well that is one less nightmare I will have. Now I have to get the Obama third term out of my head and I’ll be able to sleep again.
Nice sword-cane. There really ought to be a way they could allow people to ship items home rather than just forfeit them. I lost a Leatherman tool that way.
It’s a sap; those leather covered balls are solid lead.
But.... I suppose you COULD use it for... uh... entertainment, alone or with a friend.
Thanks Jack Hammer. Your explanation makes sense.
Some pretty kinky looking sex toys there. :-)
There is a way to ship stuff home. They just usually won’t tell you about it. There’s usually a shipping box in the TSA area, kinda like Fed Ex except about 3x the price.
From my days in scouting, a hiking staff, stick, pole what have you, was a valued tool and weapon. Many a snake aka Charlie no shoulders, was flipped off the trail or killed with said stick. Add then a career of stomp and drag riot control with a 36 inch baton, PR-24’s etc and yes a cane or broomstick is a viable self defense thang indeed !
Uniformed, static security such as TSA wannabes is pure friggin whitewash and real terrorists know it. They will be back when and where they want.
Me , I’m retired military, I fly space A overseas, general aviation or company aircraft in the states or drive to my destinations.
If TSA is involved with my trip security I will walk home......they are a joke.
No, they sell some of it to Pennsylvania, which then auctions it off for a profit. When I found out about it, I did some digging and found the government email address of the official in charge of PA's program (not too hard to do). He was indignant that I asked him why PA was acting as TSA's fence, and after a couple of nasty exchanges, he blew me off.
Like everything else in government, it's a damned racket!
Ah so the greedy government bosses won’t even let the poor rank and file goons have it. The bastards!
I don’t know why I’ve never though of this before.
The only thing the government is good at, graft and racketeering. Cha-ching.
No. That’s mine.
Good thing age has reined in my ego a tad, else some Mod bait <here> would be sooooo easy !
There was “missing plug in”for me at the original article and I thought it was your posted pic.
So, what do you think?
How about the link above for the cold steel sword cane?
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