Niagara Gazette

July 1, 2013

Samurai sword confiscated from Canadian man at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

BUFFALO —

A Toronto man was stopped by TSA officers Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Sunday after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a 3-foot long martial arts-style Samurai sword among the man’s carry-on items.  The sharp-bladed sword was in a sheath and packed in its own box.

TSA contacted the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police who responded. The passenger told officials that he thought that the sword was permitted to be brought onto the plane, but he was mistaken. The man surrendered the sword and was able to catch his flight —minus the sword. There was no impact to airport operations. 

As a reminder, weapons — including swords — are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Travelers can be fined thousands of dollars if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport. 

Passengers can review the prohibited items list on the TSA homepage or they can download the free MyTSA application from the TSA homepage. The TSA web site and the MyTSA app have a “Can I Bring?” feature that allows users to type in items they plan to bring on a trip to get an explanation of TSA’s security policies for the item, including whether the item can be taken in carry-on luggage through the security checkpoint, packed in checked baggage, both, or neither.  The mobile app is available to download for free at www.tsa.gov.