DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WUSA9) -- In March, we told you about TSA officers finding a sword inside a walking cane while it passed through a check point x-ray machine at Washington Dulles International Airport. TSA officials say officers have found ANOTHER sword inside a cane.
Officials say last Thursday, a Veracruz, Mexico, resident was stopped when TSA found a sword concealed inside of his cane. The man, who was supposed to fly to Mexico City, told officers he bought the cane at a flea market and didn't know the sword was concealed inside. TSA kept the cane/sword and the man was allowed to catch his flight, say officials.
You may remember in the March cane/sword case that the woman who came through the checkpoint with her cane claimed she bought the cane at an antique store and didn't realize that the cane had a sword inside of it.
TSA officials say finding a sword-cane, and people having them without realizing it, is not uncommon. TSA officials recommend that people with canes try to screw off the handle before bringing it to the airport. Doing so, could prevent you from being cited, fined or arrested in some jurisdictions.
On a related note, a Frederick County, Md. man was also stopped at Dulles International Airport on Thursday when an officer on checkpoint x-ray machine duty spotted a gun in his carry-on bag, say TSA officials. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police confiscated the 9 mm Smith & Wesson firearm and magazine with six rounds in it, according to officials. The man was cited on a state weapons charge, say officials. He was then allowed to catch his flight to Denver.