(LibertySociety.com) – After the terrorist attacks on 9/11 in the US, the federal government created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help prevent another tragedy. Officers who work for the agency screen millions of airline passengers every day, looking for dangerous items people might try to take on board. Recently, agents made an unusual discovery inside a typical pantry staple.
On December 22, a man from Rhode Island was checking his baggage at the JFK International Airport in New York City when the metal detector alerted the TSA to a problem. Upon further investigation, the authorities reportedly found parts of a .22 caliber weapon wrapped up and hidden inside jars of peanut butter.
Rhode Island man tries to sneak 'artfully concealed' gun parts in peanut butter jars through TSA https://t.co/bXFS0oL633
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 26, 2022
Perhaps more alarming was the magazine for the pistol was apparently loaded with ammunition. Officers arrested the individual. According to Fox News, he faces up to a $15,000 fine for his alleged actions.
The TSA has an extensive list of items passengers can and cannot take on board planes. Firearms are generally permitted in checked baggage but carry specific instructions about how they must be listed and packed. However, each airline could have its own policy.
According to CNET, people over the years have tried hiding banned items inside modeling clay, pots, food, and even in their socks.
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