Disarmed grenades found in woman's luggage at airport

NEW YORK Tue Dec 6, 2011 2:01pm EST

Five disarmed grenades discovered in the luggage of a woman seeking to board a flight to Belgium at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.   REUTERS/TSA

Five disarmed grenades discovered in the luggage of a woman seeking to board a flight to Belgium at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey discovered five disarmed grenades in the luggage of a woman seeking to board a flight to Belgium, the Transportation Security Administration said on Monday.

The TSA said baggage screeners had found the grenades while X-raying the woman's checked luggage on Saturday.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the woman, who has not been named, surrendered the items to authorities without incident and was then allowed to board the flight. Farbstein did not say why the woman was carrying the grenades.

Port Authority Police has law enforcement authority over the airport and said on Monday they were not called in for the incident.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (6)
pyronius wrote:
“oh, are those not allowed on planes these days? ok, cool. sorry about that!”

Dec 06, 2011 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
It must have been alarming when they were first spotted in the x-ray, but a disarmed grenade, is not a weapon and is not dangerous, although I guess you could hit someone in the head with it. So what’s the big deal. The person carrying them doesn’t sound exceedingly bright, but she’s done nothing criminal.

“Disarmed” generally means the explosive charge and the detonator “cap” have both been removed. Once that is done, you have an empty metal canister about the size of a lemon, and just about as dangerous.

Dec 06, 2011 2:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rscottkeel wrote:
So, the lady has two options. Post the items or take the items with her. either way they both end up on a plane to their finial destination. Just goes to show that the do check some of the checked baggage while they dont check any posted baggage. Scary thought. She just happens to save on postage.

Dec 06, 2011 3:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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