Skip to comments.Obvious? Not so much: TSA reminds you not to travel with hand grenades
Posted on 09/11/2013 5:35:09 PM PDT by markomalley
Some of the travel recommendations posted on the Transportation Security Administration's blog seem stupefying obvious. This week's entitled: "Leave Your Grenades at Home" seemed like a no brainer, but alas.
The TSA wrote about grenades in particular: Year to date, the agency's officers have discovered:
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"The majority of these grenades were inert, replica, or novelty items, but a few were live smoke, flare, riot, and flash bang grenades, which can pose major safety issues to aircraft and also violate FAA hazmat regulations," the TSA wrote.
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The TSA went on to explain the problem, as if most folks need it explained: "Some have asked us why inert grenades are dangerous since they are dormant. The answer is that they are not dangerous. The issue with inert grenades is that they look like live grenades during screening. When a potential explosive is detected, we must follow protocols that can cause screening areas and even terminals to be closed and evacuated. When checkpoints are closed, flights are delayed and sometimes missed causing the airline and travelers frustration. Another reason all inert grenade related items are prohibited is the panic that could ensue if a passenger were to reveal a grenade while in the cabin of an aircraft. Grenade shaped belt buckles, lighters, soap, candles, MP3 players, paperweights, inert training grenades, and other items can all look like the real item on the x-ray monitor. Please leave these items at home, or find another way of getting them to your destination."
Um, no kidding.
there goes my surprise visit to dc
I’m OK. Mine are not “assault” hand grenades.
I would have been astonished had any of them been live fragmentation hand grenades, although to be fair they said that the 40mm HE grenade the soldier accidentally carried was live.
I’m clean but I can’t speak for the monkey.
I’ll try to remember this.
As a side note, earlier this year I had to hand carry a matted print, rapped in cardboard, on a domestic flight. Yup, it was taken and checked for explosives. As if a package 2" x 44" x 56" would be the first format choice for a bomb.
It just isn’t the same without a tackle box full of Dupont Spinners.
Speaking of going fishing:
A Cajun was stopped by a game warden in Southern Louisiana recently with two ice chests of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its fishing.
The game warden asked the man, “Do you have a license to catch those fish?”
“Naw, ma fren, I ain’t got none of dem, no. Dese are my pet fish.”
“Ya. Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim ‘round for a while. I whistle and dey jump rat back into dere ice chests and I take dem home.”
“That’s a bunch of hooey! Fish can’t do that!”
The Cajun looked at the game warden for a moment and then said “It’s de truth ma’ fren, I’ll show you. It really works.”
“Okay, I’ve GOT to see this!”
The Cajun poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited.
After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, “Well?”
“Well, what?” said the Cajun.
“When are you going to call them back?”
“Call who back?”
Whenever I fly I pack a bomb in my suitcase.
Because the odds of two bombs on a plane is astronomical.
Im clean but I cant speak for the monkey.
Thank you again, cripplecreek!