TSA Discovers Ninja Daggers Hidden in Book

Find touted as House lawmakers seek to strip agency of powers

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2011 12:06 PM CST

(Newser) – A passenger who tried to hide two ninja-style throwing daggers in a hollowed-out book about ... ninjas ... had his daggers and his book confiscated by TSA officers at Washington's Reagan National Airport on Monday. The knives were not-so-surprisingly found when he placed his carry-on bag on an X-ray machine conveyor belt. The TSA could have fined the passenger, but opted not to in this case, and CNN notes that he surrendered both the book and daggers.

"This is an example of why our officers need to carefully inspect everyday items," says a TSA rep. But the news comes as some House Republicans are looking to curtail those very officers. A bill with 29 co-sponsors titled the STRIP Act—for "Stop TSA's Reach In Policy"—would stop TSA employees who haven't had federal law enforcement training from using uniforms, badges, and titles that resemble those of police officers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Click for more on one Alaska lawmaker's war on the TSA.

These daggers, which measured just over a half-foot long, were found hidden in a hardcover book in a passenger's carry-on luggage.   (AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration)
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