Bullets, swords and fake grenades seized

at Canadian airports in 2013 0
By Brian Daly, QMI Agency
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:00:00 EST AM

Vancouver Airport Authority displays thousands of pairs of scissors that have been confiscated at Vancouver International Airport. CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY Vancouver Airport Authority displays thousands of pairs of scissors that have been confiscated at Vancouver International Airport. CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY

MONTREAL — Cane swords, bullets and umbrella-shaped rifles were among more than 406,000 objects confiscated at Canadian airports last year.
QMI Agency obtained the data from the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA), which oversees security at 28 major airports.
CATSA posts an exhaustive list of things you can’t take onto a plane, but many passengers nonetheless check their common sense at the airport door.
“Big knives, small knives, all sorts of knives, we had more than 100,000 knives (seized) last year,” CATSA spokesman Larocque told QMI Agency.
“Most of them are illegal … so if we see a butterfly knife in a bag or on a person, we have to call the police.”
Screeners also confiscated 122,655 flammable or explosive items in the first 11 months of 2013.
One botched seizure led CATSA to shore up its defenses.

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