Passenger's Sword Gets Through Airport Security - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Passenger's Sword Gets Through Airport Security

14" weapon flew on DFW bound flight

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    The Transportation Security Administration says a passenger to carrying a 14 inch long sword managed to get through airport security, and onto a flight from Corpus Christi to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

    The weapon was caught only after the passenger got off the flight at DFW,  left the secure area to smoke a cigarette, and then tried to pass through security again. 

    TSA screeners at DFW then spotted the sword, which was concealed in a cane, and the man was arrested by airport police.

    According to a police report, the man told offficers he cleared security carrying the cane/sword in Corpus Christi. The TSA confirms it investigated, and determined the sword did pass through a checkpoint. The agency says the screener involved in Corpus Christi will be given remedial training.

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    While the TSA says it takes the threat seriously, an agency spokesman downplayed the finding Wednesday, saying in a statement that explosives are a bigger threat today, and deserve more attention from screeners than weapons. 

    "While edge weapons such as swords remain a prohibited item, it will not cause catastrophic damage on an aircraft," said TSA spokesman Luis Casanova.