Hatchet, Grenade Found in Children’s Carry-on Luggage

TSA Reminds Parents to Check Kids’ Carry-on after Two Incidents in Florida

Plane wing at sunset.jpgThe Transportation Security Administration is reminding parents to check their children’s luggage as a grenade and a hatchet have been found in children’s luggage at Florida airports recently.

After the two incidents, the officials from Transportation Security Administration released a reminder to parents to check their kids’ luggage while packing and before leaving to the airport.

Earlier this week, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2015, a 12-year-old boy caused panic at Jacksonville International Airport when security officers found a grenade during an inspection of his hand luggage. The agents made the shocking discovery while the boy and his parents were going through a checkpoint.

The grenade was later determined inert and, therefore, not dangerous. However according to Sari Koshetz, TSA spokeswoman, even a replica can result in an evacuation until it is determined by authoritites the device does not pose a threat. That same day security agents prevented two other passengers from carrying guns aboard their flights.

A day earlier, Wednesday, security officers at Orlando International Airport found a small hatchet in a 16-year-old boy’s carry-on luggage traveling with his mom.

In response to the incidents, TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz reminded that hatchets, knives, grenades and guns are not permitted in carry-on bags.

Later Koshetz wrote on Twitter: “You may be going camping, but chack the bag.” warning that these types of findings could cause evacuations.

TSA has an app that will tell you if an item is permitted. Just enter your item into the My TSA app question “Can I bring my…through the security checkpoint?”