The Transportation Security Administration found a live smoke grenade in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last week.
“Not only do smoke grenades deploy a thick blanket of smoke, they also burn extremely hot and are considered hazmat,” TSA wrote in its blog Wednesday. “They are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.”
The grenade, like firearms found in carry-on bags, was seized. Depending on circumstances, those found to have such an item in carry-on bags can receive a citation or face arrest.
Airline passengers can travel with firearms in checked baggage, but they first must be declared to the airline, TSA wrote.
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On Feb. 23, TSA discovered 21 firearms in carry-on bags across the nation – breaking the one-day record of 18 firearms found in bags on one day in 2014.
Last week, TSA discovered 79 firearms in carry-on bags at U.S. airports. Of those, 68 were loaded, and 21 had a round chambered.
Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett