Okay so you’re getting ready to go on that long-awaited trip to see your family, relatives and friends. Everything is going fine until it’s time to go through the airport security. Thinking that there should be no problem you are quietly asked to step to the side for further screening. An inquiry is made concerning the cane that you put in the bin with your other carry on possessions. Unbeknownst to you, your cane has a weapon concealed in it.
According to an article in the March 2010 AARP Bulletin entitled, Cane Mutiny written by Mike Tucker it states, “The Transportation Security Administration says that since 2002 it has confiscated more than 200 canes with concealed swords or knives, many from astonished older travelers who inherited the canes, found them at antique shops or received them from charities”.
One such case involved an elderly man named Saeed Sanjideh, a San Jose, California resident. Imagine his shock when it was discovered by a TSA official that a 16 inch sword was hidden in his walking stick. And to top it off it was a gift given to him by his wife.
I can just hear the conversation that was going on between this couple while they were being questioned by the officials. Happily all ended well as he was cleared of any wrong doing.
I guess it just goes to show, you never know what you’ll find at your local antique stores, thrift stores or garage sales. So buyer, beware!!
AARP Bulletin, March 2010, page 8