It’s not nice
to call people stupid, but what else can you say about someone who tries to
take a replica hand grenade through an airport in 2015?
The grenade was
part of a prank gift. It was attached to a sign that read: “Complaints
Department: Take A Number.” To take the number, you have to pull the pin of the
grenade. Hilarious, right?
items have repeatedly been confiscated by TSA on multiple occasions, but this
week a really funny guy and his fake grenade forced the evacuation of California’s
officer detected the grenade, which was inside a metal box, as it passed
through the conveyor belt. The building was evacuated and the bomb squad was
called to investigate the object.
Pedregon of the airport’s police department told the Press Enterprise:
“Usually something [of this nature] you can clear right away, but when you’re
looking at half an object that looks like a hand grenade with a pin in it, you
say, ‘Whoa, let’s stop everything [and analyze it.]’”
Terminal 4 at
the airport was evacuated for close to 30 min. before pax were allowed to
return inside. One person was reportedly taken into custody (an eyewitness said the
man was handcuffed to a chair) but there is no word on whether he will be
facing any charges.
agent Nico Melendez told ABC7: “When you see
these items we just don’t know, so we have to act out of security and out of
the safety of passengers,” Melendez said. “So it is scary at first when you see
something like that because you just don’t know.”