Myrtle Beach SC Feb 10 2017 An 80-year old woman catching a flight from the Myrtle Beach International Airport had no idea that the walking cane she leaned on for years was actually a deadly weapon until the stick was X-rayed by TSA security officials.
The elegant bronze handle, when slightly twisted and tugged, revealed a hidden sword nearly the length of the cane.
“She had no clue it was in there,” said Mark Howell, TSA regional spokesman, who was at Myrtle Beach International Airport Thursday. Howell was part of a media event to highlight dangerous items recently carried by passengers departing MYR.
The cane was a gift from her son, and one she had to grudgingly abandon at the security checkpoint in order to make her flight.
“It happens a lot, actually,” Howell said of the secret swords discovered by TSA screeners. “People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn’t found until we X-ray it.”
The cane was on display at Thursday’s event.