TSA Finds Grenade in Passenger's Carry-on

Seattle, Washington Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) had a busy day recently when they found three loaded firearms and an inert grenade during separate routine screenings.

TSA notified officers with the Port of Seattle Police Department who responded to each security checkpoint to remove the firearms from the X-ray tunnels and make contact with each of the travelers. There are no reports that any of the discoveries are linked, and each traveler was eventually permitted to continue their travels.

The grenade was discovered in a traveler's carry-on bag, and was fortunately determined to be inert, but did result in a stoppage of screening while a TSA explosive specialist resolved the matter. TSA reminded travelers that grenades are NEVER permitted to be transported in carry-on or checked luggage.

TSA Federal Security Director for Washington Greg Hawko issued the following statement, "Yesterday's firearm discoveries at SEA bring the total number in the month of May to seven. Let this statistic prompt all travelers to recommit to ensuring that our carry-on luggage is free of prohibited items, whether it is firearms, ammunition, grenades or other items not allowed in the cabin of the aircraft."

"I remain grateful for all TSA officers who are committed to their security mission and work tirelessly to protect the traveling public from potential threats."

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