TSA confiscates stuff that’s not dangerous.
Explosive-Like Item Intercepted at Checkpoint
For six long minutes on June 30, screening operations froze at Jackson-Evers International Airport’s West checkpoint in Mississippi as TSA investigated a suspicious item that appeared to be a bundle of explosives connected by wires to a cylinder.
Transportation Security Officer Scot Peele leveraged his training and experience when he detected the suspicious item while monitoring the X-ray image of the passenger’s carry-on bag.
The checkpoint area was immediately closed as Bomb Appraisal Officer Timothy D. Smith inspected the item and spoke with the passenger. The item in question was determined to be an empty metal bottle and a home-made battery pack, consisting of 28 rechargeable batteries connected by multiple resistors and held together in two layers with a silicone-based adhesive.
The passenger was an engineer and said he built the battery to power his DVD player for the long flight to Hawaii. After recognizing that the item could be seen by other passengers as a threat, the man surrendered it to Supervisory TSO Raiford Patterson and was allowed to board the flight.
“We must treat every suspicious item the same and utilize the tools we have available to make a final determination,” said Federal Security Director David Wynn. “Procedures are in place for a reason and this is a clear indication our workforce is doing a great job.”
I’d like an explanation of exactly how a home made battery pack is “Explosive-Like”. In fact, what is explosive-like? It’s either a bomb or it’s not. If it’s not, then who cares?
And then they brag about confiscating this not dangerous item on the TSA website.