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Officers Investigate Strange Stitching on Kid's Teddy Bear, Find Knives Inside

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It’s no secret that the Transportation Security Administration is not popular with the traveling public — and for good reason.

On one occasion, I was held up for 15 minutes at New York’s LaGuardia Airport because TSA agents wanted to put some kind of weird scanning gel on my laptop. On another occasion, they yelled at me because I forgot that I had left a full tube of toothpaste in my carry-on bag. Stories like that are not uncommon.

Nevertheless, some people really do try to bring some weird stuff through airport security.

In a Dec. 28 tweet, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein posted a photo of a seemingly normal Darth Vader teddy bear. However, she soon revealed that there were two knives located inside the bear, which had later been resewn.

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According to Farbstein, the bear belonged to a 9-year-old boy at Philadelphia International Airport.

By the looks of it, the knives appear to be pretty standard dinner knives. As one commenter pointed out, it’s hard to think of a nefarious reason that someone would put knives like that in a teddy bear:

But sarcasm aside, incidents like the teddy bear prove a point.

Even a seemingly mundane object can cause injury either accidentally or on purpose.

One of those knives could have pierced the fabric of the teddy bear and injured the boy.

And every American should know that the 9/11 hijackings were accomplished with boxcutters. In hindsight, of course, they’re much more potentially dangerous than butter knives, but hindsight is 20/20.

Do you think the TSA is necessary for safe air travel?

The whole reason the TSA exists in the first place is to head off threats that seemed innocuous before that deadly September day in 2001.

Even more to the point, the teddy bear incident highlight just how many ways there are — in the country’s crowded airports — to smuggle a weapon onto a commercial aircraft.

The TSA won’t be winning popularity contests any time soon. And its procedures are going to keep infuriating Americans for good reason, and, in all likelihood, for a good long time.

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But every once in a while we get a reminder of why it’s there.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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