Wed, Jul 13, 2011
TSA Stops Passenger With Devices in Carry-On; Another Slips
The problem with consumer-grade stun guns is, they look too much
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports the agency is
investigating the discovery by a rattled cleaning crew member of a
stun gun, left in the seatback pocket of a JetBlue flight from
Boston to Newark Liberty last Friday. Reuters cites a spokesman for
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in reporting the
device looked like a cellphone.
FBI spokesman Bryan Travers told ABC News investigators know who
was sitting in that seat on the flight, but can't say for sure he
was the person who brought the weapon on board.
Reuters reports officials are not sure whether the stun gun was
sneaked past a TSA checkpoint, put on the plane after it landed, or
even left by a law enforcement official.
The TSA did manage to stop a passenger from bringing two stun
guns onto a plane at JFK Airport on Sunday. The New York
Post reports 53-year-old Othon Mourkakos, a restaurateur from
Alpine, NJ, told screeners he planned to take the stun guns to
relatives in Greece, where civil unrest has grown recently. He
reportedly claimed he had no idea you can't bring a stun gun on an
airliner in a carry-on.
So, when you travel this summer, and you're standing in the
screening line, and you wonder why the video loop showing on the
big screen keeps repeating all those decade-old security rules you
figured everyone knew - this is why.
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