MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (CBS/AP) — Authorities in South Carolina believe an 80-year-old woman had no idea until she went through airport security that the walking cane she was attempting to take on an airplane contained a hidden sword.
News outlets report that Transportation Security Administration regional spokesman Mark Howell recounted the incident Thursday at Myrtle Beach International Airport as part of an effort to highlight examples of dangerous items recently carried by passengers departing the airport.READ MORE: Police: Body Found In Ocean Off New Jersey Identified As Man Missing For 4 Days
“She had no clue it was in there,” Howell told Myrtle Beach Online.
Howell told reporters secret swords are not actually that uncommon a discovery for TSA screeners since people sometimes buy the canes at thrift stores without realizing there’s a sword inside.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: As Halloween Approaches, Remember Not All Dogs Will Enjoy Wearing Costumes
“It happens a lot, actually,” Howell told Myrtle Beach Online. “People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn’t found until we X-ray it.”
Howell emphasized that people can’t take anything onboard that resembles a weapon, including toy guns and squishy stress balls that look like hand grenades.MORE NEWS: AIDS Walk Philly, Region's Largest HIV Awareness Event, Underway At Art Museum
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