NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Transportation Security Administration says that explosives experts at Newark Liberty Airport discovered five grenades in a passenger’s bag on Saturday.
The TSA said the grenades were determined to be “inert” and that the Belgium-bound passenger surrendered her items to officials. There was no impact to airport operations, the agency said.
Officials with the agency also announced that they discovered yet another credit card knife in the wallet of a passenger headed to Los Angeles on Saturday. The knife, the TSA said, was similar to one confiscated on November 22 during the Thanksgiving travel week.
In a news release regarding the grenades, TSA officials reminded passengers to review a list of prohibited items on the agency’s homepage or download the free My TSA app.
Despite the finds, the TSA has been under scrutiny lately following accusations by a pair of elderly women who claimed they were violated during TSA screening checkpoints at John F. Kennedy Airport late last month.
Lenore Zimmerman, 85, claims she was strip searched after asking for a patdown due to her defibrillator. The TSA released a statement Sunday, apologizing to Zimmerman, who lives most of the year in Long Beach, but disputing her story.
“TSA contacted the passenger to apologize that she feels she had an unpleasant screening experience; however, TSA does not include strip searches in its protocols and a strip search did not occur in this case,” the statement read.
Ruth Sherman, an 88-year-old from Florida, said she endured a similar experience when screeners wanted to check the bulge from her colostomy bag.
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