Massachusetts authorities discovered and confiscated a weapon called a “vampire straw” at Boston’s Logan International Airport after a passenger attempted to conceal it in carry-on luggage, authorities said.
Transportation Security Administrator Dan Velez on Monday tweeted a photo of the vampire straw, which can be used like a dagger, and wrote: “These items are not allowed in passenger carry-on bags.
“A passenger found that out yesterday @BostonLogan when @MassStatePolice confiscated the item and eventually arrested the 26-year-old man on a state charge. #travelfail”
Arman Achuthan Nair, of Chicago, was detained on Sunday evening and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon after a 10-inch long titanium straw with a beveled end was found in his backpack, AP reported.
The straws, which can be used to consume drinks, is referred to as a “weapon” on the website of knife retailer Szaboinc.com.
“Designed for self defense, the Vampire straw is super tough and long enough to be used like a dagger; its chiseled tip is sharp enough to puncture most synthetic materials,” the site states.
TSA spokesman Velez told McClatchy News that the Logan passenger had “artfully concealed the Vampire straw with other straws.”
Nair posted bail and was next due in court on 30 May, AP reported.
Don’t understand the need for this straw when you can take knitting needles on without any problem. Just make sure to also have some yarn and the start of a knitted hat or sweater.
Of course I have no idea why knitting needles are good to go but nail clippers are considered dangerous weapons? I’d much rather face someone trying to jab me with the stubby, flimsy twistable file on nail clippers than someone with a pair of foot long metal spikes.
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I think it’s mostly all about security theater with the TSA. They feel they can get away with putting on a show by taking away nail clippers that no one really cares about. But no way are they brave enough to try and take gramma’s cherished knitting needles.
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I do recall a news story, early in TSA’s official existence, where they took grandma’s knitting needles. I’m not sure if they learned their lesson or not. Tactical knitting needles would be frowned on, I’m sure, as would vampire knitting needles.
If you artfully conceal something it is an indication that you are trying to bypass the law. Hence the ruling. Something akin to hiding a blade in your shoe as opposed to just giving it up on site. I digress. Am a little surprised that a liberal Boston airport would make a deal out of this. After-all aren’t vampires a protected gender/ethnic group by Biden law? Yes I’m being facetious.
Indeed. If you research the bylaws of TSA it states that they cannot make an arrest nor can the willfully confiscate an item. The passenger has the right not to board the flight and leave the area. As an example. You can refuse to give up your knife and leave the area. An officer will then take your knive and give it to you at the exit lane. When it comes to firearms TSA can detain an individual but cannot make an arrest. They must bring in a LEO to do that.