A government-funded agency tasked with keeping air passengers safe was surprised to discover a weapon concealed in the most unlikely of places on July 23.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found a knife hidden in a bunch of flowers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 14 miles south of downtown Seattle.
Officers were shocked to make the surprise discovery after opening a carry-on bag during routine screening.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, a knife hidden in your flowers can’t be carried through,” TSA said on Instagram. “So, pack it in your checked bag along with your oversized shampoo.”
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TSA confirmed on social media the passenger who is accused of carrying the concealed weapon will be fined.
“In case you are wondering, the traveler who concealed this knife in the flower stems will be subject to a civil penalty levied by the TSA,” TSA said on Twitter.
In case you are wondering, the traveler who concealed this knife in the flower stems will be subject to a civil penalty levied by the TSA.
— TSAmedia_Lorie (@TSAmedia_Lorie) August 1, 2019
According to the TSA website, most knives are only permitted in checked-in luggage. TSA recommends securely wrapping any sharp objects in checked bags to help prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
“Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped,” TSA said on Instagram. “Knives of any kind are not allowed in your carry-on.”
Flower bouquet hid knife in traveler’s carry-on at Sea-Tac Airport, TSA agents say https://t.co/zNphSdMxEi
— Fresno Bee (@FresnoBee) August 2, 2019
The only blades that can be allowed in carry-on bags are either plastic or round-bladed butter knives.
TSA urged all people traveling by air to take this warning seriously.
“We’re not just pollen your leg,” TSA said. “Let us bee clear, you won’t have knife day if you try to sneak a prohibited item through TSA security.”
— KATU News (@KATUNews) August 1, 2019
The administration also warned passengers not to hide any unlawful items during the screening process.
“So once and flor-al, don’t hide prohibited items in your carry-on,” TSA said. “This is our advice to you, take it or leaf it.”
Roses are red, violets are blue…
Try to sneak a knife in a bouquet of flowers at Sea-Tac and it’s trouble for you!https://t.co/VCPz6tQymM
— KOMO News (@komonews) August 2, 2019