WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The comic book superhero Batman shuns firearms, due to the circumstances under which his parents were murdered.
That does not mean Bruce Wayne can take his alternative weapons onto an airplane.
Security screeners at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at T.F. Green Airport discovered a “batarang” being carried in someone’s luggage last week, according to the TSA Blog. Besides travel advisories, the blog also shares photos of odd items prohibited from going on board aircraft but brought through security anyway.
Shaped somewhat like a bat, a batarang, as portrayed in the Batman comics and other media, has blades and is intended to be thrown like a boomerang, but could do damage similar to a ninja’s or samurai’s throwing star.
The one found in a carry-on bag was purple. While it may be a conversation piece or curiosity, blades and knives are not welcome in an airplane cabin, the TSA’s Bob Burns said on the agency’s blog.
“Unfortunately, these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent, which is why we talk about these finds,” said Burns. “Each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000.
“This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home,” Burns continued. “In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.”
The agency also reminds travelers firearms can only be transported while unloaded, and in a locked hard-sided container, in checked baggage only, and must be declared to your airline.