EAST ELMHURST, N.Y. -- A Connecticut man was arrested on weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at a LaGuardia Airport checkpoint on Saturday, May 7, with a dagger and several deadly martial arts weapons, including three throwing knives, a traditional throwing star and an expandable throwing star.
TSA officers detected the weapons among the man’s carry-on items as he was entering a TSA checkpoint.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police, who responded and confiscated the weapons and arrested the man, a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. There was no impact to airport operations.
This incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
The Transportation Security Administration screens more than 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.