Walking-cane sword surprises everybody at Dulles

Published: Wednesday, March 20 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Security found a hidden sword in a traveller's cane, but she claimed she didn't know it was there.

“'En garde,' you cane-carrying fliers: You may be armed, and the TSA thinks that’s dangerous.

"A sword concealed in an antique walking cane was intercepted this week at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Dulles International Airport. The woman carrying it told the TSA she’d bought it at an antique store and had no idea that the sword blade was hidden inside it.

“'Interestingly, this is not a rare occurrence,' said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. 'TSA officers around the country detect swords and daggers concealed inside people’s canes with some frequency. Most people, as was the case with the woman traveling through [Dulles], don’t realize that their cane has something hidden inside.'

"She was allowed to continue her trip, but without the cane."

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