Grenades found in airline passenger's luggage
FIVE inert grenades have been found in a passenger’s luggage at a US airport, American officials have confirmed.
The explosives were discovered in a woman’s bag that had been checked-in on a flight from Newark Liberty Airport to Brussels yesterday, the US Transportation Security Administration said.
The woman offered no explanation as to why she was carrying the weapons but surrendered them to transportation officials.
The transportation agency said they did not believe the haul was part of any terror plot.
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said there were no lockdowns or delays because of the discovery. No arrests were made or are expected to be made.
Gatwick airport's north terminal was evacuated in 2003 after a live hand grenade was discovered in luggage belonging to a passenger travelling from Venezuela. The terminal was reopened more than four hours later but chaos continued into the night as the airport struggled to get back to normal.
In 2009, Jackass star Johnny Knoxville was arrested and the bomb squad called in after he was discovered with a fake hand grenade in his luggage at Los Angeles airport. Knoxville reportedly told airport authorities that the grenade was a prop from a photo shoot that he had mistakenly left in his bag and forgotten about.