Late last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) detained a man at Richmond International Airport in Virginia (USA) after discovering a double-edged knife hidden inside his gaming laptop.
The man, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, was undergoing a security check on Nov. 11 when a security checkpoint officer spotted a knife in the man’s carry-on luggage using an X-ray machine, according to the TSA. However, during the search of the bag and the separation of the knife, they did not find it. When each item was re-examined individually, the knife ended up inside the laptop.
“After obtaining the tools that allowed the laptop to be taken apart, it was discovered that a double-edged knife was cleverly hidden inside the computer.”
In images from the TSA, the knife appears to be attached to a lower sheath. The TSA claims that the owner initially stated that he knew nothing about the knife in his laptop, but confirmed that it was his blade after the laptop was opened.
The laptop, judging by the TSA photos, is a Gigabyte Aorus gaming model. The footage shows a battery manufactured by G-Style, a Taiwanese component supplier associated with Gigabyte. The bottom of the case is very similar to many of the Aorus models we’ve reviewed. The photos also reveal dirty fans that need to be cleaned. The service seems to take great pride in its work:
“It was an excellent job on the part of our officers to first identify the threat and then work in partnership with the Metropolitan Airport Police to get the tools needed to disassemble the laptop and locate the knife,” said Robin Burke, TSA Federal Security Director at Richmond International Airport. . “The discovery of the artfully hidden weapons is indicative of the training and skill of our officers who are focused on their mission of ensuring that prohibited items that could cause harm are not carried on flights.”
Depending on the article under which the violation is qualified, the perpetrator may pay a fine from $390 to $10,700.
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Source: Tom’s Hardware