Right…perhaps they were one of those special Christmas presents that the traveler didn’t want to check for fear that they may disappear from their checked bag.  The TSA has announced that last week that  screeners at DCA better known as the Reagan-Washington National Airport discovered two throwing daggers hidden inside a hollowed-out book in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

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The two daggers concealed in a hard cover book in a carry-on bag measured over six inches long. And is the holiday spirit, the passenger was not arrested and was allowed to continue on his flight to Chicago.

In another case of serious Christmas spirit, on December 5, the TSA announced that baggage screeners discovered five grenades in a woman’s checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport en route to Belgium.  TSA said the woman was allowed to board the flight to Belgium after explosives experts said the grenades were inoperable, and never posed a threat.

Just in case you were curious, the TSA reportedly found stun guns, firearm components, ammunition, replica firearms, brass knuckles, nunchucks, switchblades, butterfly knives, collapsible batons, and several knives with blades up to 8 inches long – the week leading up to Christmas.  All gifts I am sure….


On the TSA website, it explains: “Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items in their bag.”