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Stun Guns, Fireworks and WWII Replicas: Airport Screening Officers Made Unusual Discoveries in 2012

February 25, 2013

OTTAWA, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – Screening officers at Canada’s major
airports screened more than 51 million passengers last year, according
to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). While it’s
not uncommon to see bottles of liquid larger than the permitted 100 ml
or pocket knives in passengers’ carry-on bags, some other discoveries
were real head-scratchers.

        --  Not-so-lucky Charm
      o Lots of people travel with lucky charms. For some it's a rabbit
        foot, for others a horseshoe and in the case of one Whitehorse
        passenger, a "lucky" knife.  An alarm at the metal detector led
        screening officers to search the passenger's shoe, revealing a
        knife concealed in the sole. The passenger told screening officers
        the knife was there for good luck, which turned into bad luck when
        the knife was intercepted.
        --  How many butterfly knives do you need?
      o A passenger at the Vancouver International Airport clearly thought
        22 was the answer, which screening officers discovered when they
        found almost two dozen of them in his bag, along with eight brass
        knuckles and four fireworks. The items were confiscated by police
        and the passenger was arrested.
        --  Explosive Situation
      o At Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, a World War II aficionado's
        travel plans were halted after the x-ray identified what looked
        like a grenade. A subsequent search and police intervention found
        that the item was a replica of a World War II grenade. Not
        surprisingly, explosives and replicas thereof are not allowed
        --  Not Packing Light
      o Screening officers in Vancouver made a surprising discovery when a
        passenger went through the metal detector: a six-inch hunting
        knife. But that's not all. In the course of the search, they also
        found 30 grams of marijuana and a retractable steel baton. Police
        were called and the passenger was arrested.
        --  Stunning Catch
      o Because you never know when you'll next need your stun gun, a
        Toronto-Pearson passenger decided to bring his personal protection
        device in his carry-on bag. When the shape of a gun was observed at
        the x-ray, screening officers inspected the bag and found a
        prohibited stun gun. Stun guns are not only banned from aircraft
        but also illegal to possess under Canada's Criminal Code.
        --  An Alarming Money Belt
      o A passenger set off the alarm when he walked through the metal
        detector at Toronto-Pearson International Airport. Screening
        officers subsequently found multiple rolls of coins in the
        waistband of his pants. Coins are allowed in carry-on bags so
        hopefully the passenger realized it's a more comfortable way to
        stash his cash.

As the busy spring break travel season approaches, CATSA reminds
passengers to visit catsa.gc.ca before going to the airport. Knowing what can be taken on a plane makes
security screening faster and easier for everyone. Passengers may also
find CATSA at m.catsa.gc.ca and on Twitter at @catsa_gc.

CATSA, established in 2002, is a Crown corporation responsible for:

        --  Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their
            carry-on baggage and personal belongings;
        --  Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;
        --  Non-passenger screening - the screening of non-passengers on a
            random basis; and
        --  Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access
            control to airport restricted areas through biometric

SOURCE Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)

Source: PR Newswire