Most of us have experienced that embarrassment of forgetting about the large bottle of shampoo in our carry on when going through airport security. However, one passenger at Bradley Airport in Connecticut appears to have overlooked the two-foot machete in his carry on. It is certainly true that all of those signs before the scanner discuss “knives” and “guns” and not specifically your machete.
TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein simply noted “You can’t make this stuff up.”
Since the 9-11 hijackers used only box cutters, this would seem a considerable elevation of risk to most people getting on a plane.
Interestingly, the TSA gave the man a chance to take the machete and put it into his checked luggage or go to the airport post office to ship it to himself. He chose to surrender the machete and leave it in Connecticut.
I am just intrigued by who this person was and why he thought he was allowed to take a two-foot machete onto a flight.