TSA Tuesdays: A Refresher Course on Grenades!Submitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 11:08
In perusing the TSA Blog’s “Week in Review” from this past week, it is reported that in addition to 44 firearms being discovered (second amendment on planes! The horror!), there was also an inert grenade found in someone’s luggage. Apparently grenades have been an issue for some time, as news of the discovery included the following statement:
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited – real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.
This sent me down quite the little rabbit hole, as the statement linked to a hilarious piece entitled “Can I Take my Hand Grenade on the Plane?” along with a follow up, “A Refresher Point on Checkpoint Etiquette.” I particularly like how they refer to the grenade issue simply as “etiquette”. What cards those TSA bloggers are!
Now on the surface it seems reasonable that grenades would not be allowed on planes. Certainly something that can explode by the simple removing of a pin could potentially warrant being banned from a airplanes. But as usual, even when the TSA’s policies start from a seemingly rational place, the logic begins to unravel.