You’d think that most American wouldn’t bother bringing a grenade—live, dead or fake—onto on airplane for, well, obvious reasons, right?
Well, don’t give your fellow countrymen too much credit.
Bob Burns, who writes for the Transportation Security Agency’s blog, posted a brief reminder Tuesday entitled “Leave Your Grenades At Home” as part of the “TSA Travel Tips Tuesday” series. The message was simple: don’t bring anything that even looks like a grenade on an airplane.
Now, Burns was well aware of how obvious this “tip” was, but said that not everybody realizes this.
“After reading the title of this post, your first thought probably was, “That’s obvious.” Not always so. Year to date, our officers have discovered:
--43 grenades in carry-on baggage.
--40 grenades in checked baggage
“The majority of these grenades were inert, replica, or novelty items, but a few were live smoke, flare, riot, and flash bang grenades, which can pose major safety issues to aircraft and also violate FAA hazmat regulations,” Burns wrote.
You might thinking, “If it’s just a fake, why is it a big deal?” Burns has an answer for that, too:
“Some have asked us why inert grenades are dangerous since they are dormant. The answer is that they are not dangerous. The issue with inert grenades is that they look like live grenades during screening. When a potential explosive is detected, we must follow protocols that can cause screening areas and even terminals to be closed and evacuated. When checkpoints are closed, flights are delayed and sometimes missed causing the airline and travelers frustration. Another reason all inert grenade related items are prohibited is the panic that could ensue if a passenger were to reveal a grenade while in the cabin of an aircraft,” he wrote.