TSA to travelers: Leave grenades at home
Inert grenade found in carry-on
Packing for a trip is hard, whether it's just a day or a few weeks. You've got to make sure and pack those little things you really need to get you through the week. Like grenades.
On Saturday, Transportation Security Administration officials found a grenade in the carry-on bag of a man traveling from Salt Lake City to Denver. The grenade was inert, and even a little rusty, but nevertheless caused alarm for the officers who found it during standard screenings in the security lines of the Salt Lake City International Airport.
The incident has TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers reminding passengers to leave their grenades, and all other weapons for that matter, at home.
"It just serves as a reminder that people need to check what's in their bag prior to traveling," Dankers said. "Grenades happen to be one of those items that cannot be transported in carry-on bags or in checked baggage because they can be seen as an explosive."
She said people should remember people that the TSA screens roughly 1.8 million people at 450 airports every day, making it quite difficult when passengers accidentally forget that they have prohibited items in their bag.
She said that passengers can check to see if an item is prohibited by using the TSA mobile app or visiting www.tsa.gov/mobile.
The grenade was surrendered to TSA and the passenger was allowed to continue on their way. No citations were issued in the incident.
"Just another day at TSA," Dankers said.