WASHINGTON (The Blaze/AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration says officers found two throwing daggers hidden in a hollowed-out book at a checkpoint at Reagan-Washington National Airport.
A TSA spokesman says a passenger was stopped Monday when officers found the knives in the person's carry-on bag. The daggers measured just over a half-foot long and were hidden in the hard-cover book.
"This is an example of why our officers need to carefully inspect everyday items," said TSA spokesman Kawika Riley.
NBC Washington reports:
The TSA recognizes that most passengers who bring these items into the checkpoint don’t do purposely with malicious intent. However, because common and seemingly innocent items like books can be used to hide dangerous weapons, it’s important that TSA officers are trained to look beyond the ordinary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all employees and travelers.
The passenger was flying to Chicago and surrendered the knives and book.
The TSA has the authority to fine passengers who bring deadly weapons into the airport checkpoint. It was not known if this was done in this case.