A 19-year-old man who was discovered last week to have throwing weapons in his carry-on luggage at the Boise Airport, including four “batarangs” — one of Batman’s weapons of choice — wasn’t cited, a Transportation Security Administration official said Wednesday.
The items were in checked luggage on a flight into Boise. The man, whose name has not been publicly released, got stopped by TSA officials when he tried to carry the bag onto a flight from Boise to Salt Lake.
“He forgot it was in his bag,” said Lori Dankers, a Seattle-based spokeswoman for the TSA. She said police weren’t notified about the incident.
She said people found to have prohibited items at security checkpoints have a few options. They can mail the items back to themselves, give them to a non-traveling family member or friend or forfeit it.
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“He chose to abandon them,” Dankers said.
The items were highlighted in TSA’s blog among other dangerous or unusual items.
The term “batarang” is a combination of the words “bat” and “boomerang.” The bat-shaped throwing weapons were used by the comic book character Batman.
The batarangs found in the man’s luggage in Boise were definitely not toys.
“They have a razorblade sharp edge,” Dankers said.
Anyone who is unsure if something is permitted in carry-on luggage can check online at TSA.gov/mobile (just type in the name of the item).