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TSA officials found daggers in walking cane, hairbrush this week

No unusual items confiscated at Hartsfield-Jackson, per report

WASHINGTON D.C. — Travelers may never look at old people or girls who are brushing their hair without suspicion again.

In its weekly report on items confiscated at U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration announced its officers had found a spearhead-shaped dagger in a walking cane at Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska. It also revealed another dagger was discovered in a hairbrush found at Denver International Airport.

In each case, photos released by the TSA show part or all of the handle shaft could be removed to reveal sharp objects.

The walking cane, at least, apparently didn’t shock officers too much as the agency said it was nothing new to them.

“Our officers find these items frequently and most passengers are unaware that their mobility aid doubled as a weapon,” officials wrote in the online report.

But the hairbrush? Well, officials didn’t say whether it was common or not, but they didn’t let the incident go by without offering a sly quip.

“Officers discovered it after going through the bag with a fine-toothed comb,” officials wrote.

Other sharp, pointy objects confiscated at airports this week include a kubaton discovered in Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida and traditional throwing stars confiscated at Dallas Love Field. A throwing star with six knife blades attached was found at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Then again, TSA officials in Denver had their hands full with unusual items this week. In addition to the hairbrush dagger, officers also seven replica airsoft grenades in a checked piece of baggage. Any item that resembles a grenade is prohibited from being brought aboard an airplane, TSA officials said.

A stun gun was also confiscated this week in Denver.

Local travelers may be able to let out a little sigh of relief because none of the items listed in this week’s TSA report were found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Other confiscated items listed in the report include:

• Fourteen credit card knives discovered in Charleston; Kansas City; Sonoma County, Calif.; Billings, Mont.; Cincinnati; Mosinee, Wisc.; Dothan, Ala.; Lansing, Mich.; Milwaukee; Myrtle Beach and Oakland, Calif.

• Eighteen stun guns including two in Las Vegas and two at Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, Tenn. One of the stun guns discovered in Las Vegas was disguised as a cell phone and placed in a carry-on bag. In addition to the gun found in Denver, the remaining stun guns were found in Albuquerque; Baltimore; Dallas Love Field; Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport; New York LaGuardia; Manchester, N.H.; Ontario, Calif.; Raleigh; Rochester; San Francisco; St. Louis; Sonoma County and Tucson.

• An airsoft gun discovered in a carry-on at Las Vegas.

• Ammunition discovered at Chicago O’Hare and Sydney, Mont.

• Thirty firearms, including 26 that were loaded and nine which had rounds in the chamber.

The TSA posts its online weekly report on confiscated items each Friday nights. The reports can be found at blog.tsa.gov.