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Toy grenade causes travelers headaches

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/07/18, 11:01 am

A Boy Scout learned a hard lesson about what not to pack for vacation Thursday morning. Authorities shut down a security checkpoint at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport because the teen packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag. The event came one day after officials evacuated the international terminal of the city’s other major airport because of a bomb scare. A Transportation Security Administration agent spotted the novelty grenade and raised the alarm, forcing hundreds of people to move away from the immediate area on both sides of the security checkpoint. Agents later determined the item was fake. Officials said they would not charge the 17-year-old, but he could face federal fines. It’s not clear why the teen had the item in his bag.

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Kiley Crossland

Kiley is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on marriage, family, and sexuality.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 06/07/2018 01:52 pm

    Because he was thinking like a teenager? Just a wild guess...

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/11/2018 11:14 pm

    Quite a number of years ago, a brother-in-law sent me a couple of those as a Christmas gift. Thinking they were pretty cool, one day I stuck them in my lunch box to show off to my buddies at work. When a bunch of us sat down for lunch in the break room, somehow my lunch box got knocked over and one of those very realistic replicas rolled out, right across the table towards a fellow who had fought in Iraq a year or so earlier. 

    He turned pale as he shrank back in the seat away from the “grenade.”  We all laughed about it, but I realized maybe I would have had the same reaction if it had happened to me soon after returning from VietNam.  

    Probably nowadays something like this at work would bring a disciplinary action