The Transportation Security Administration stopped a man who found a double-edged knife hidden inside his gaming laptop late last week at Virginia’s Richmond International Airport.
according to TSAThe man from Williamsburg, Virginia, was passing through security on Nov. 11 when officers at a security checkpoint spotted the knife in his carry-on via an X-ray machine. I was. However, when he examined the bag and divided its contents, he found no knives. After re-sorting each item individually, a knife appeared inside the laptop.
“After obtaining a tool capable of disassembling the laptop, it was discovered that a double-edged knife was cleverly hidden inside the computer.” In TSA images, the knife appears to be fixed to the lower casing. increase. The owner initially claimed to know nothing about the knife in the laptop, but confirmed it was his blade after opening the laptop, according to the TSA’s allegations.
We open many laptops, and in our expert opinion, those tools were probably small Phillips screwdrivers to pry open the lids. According to TSA photos, the laptop appears to be his Gigabyte Aorus gaming notebook. It turns out that the battery is from his G-Style Ltd., a Taiwanese component supplier affiliated with Gigabyte. The lower casing is very similar to many of the Aorus models we reviewed.
If you could wear otaku glasses…
The laptop has upgradeable RAM (which is a good thing since the stick appears to be damaged) and the SSD is also replaceable while still under the thermal pad. There is also access to a Wi-Fi card and battery. Unfortunately the fan is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
“It was a great job by the police officers who initially identified the threat and worked with the Metropolitan Airport Commission Police to obtain the necessary tools to disassemble the laptop and reveal the knife.” Robin “Chuck” Burke, TSA’s Director of Marshals at Richmond International Airport said. “Detecting cleverly concealed weapons demonstrates the training and skill of police officers who are dedicated to the task of ensuring that potentially harmful prohibited items are not brought on board.”
Burke added that the man faces “severe federal civil penalties.” The TSA Press also noted in his release that if a man has his TSA PreCheck, he loses that privilege (just like if he brought a weapon to airport security).
According to the TSA Enforcement Sanctions Guidance Policy, double-edged knives or daggers, shurikens (including 3D printed shurikens), axes and hatchets, butcher knives, fencing foils, machetes, gravity knives, and other sharp objects starting at $390 It can lead to a fine of $390. $2,250.
“Normal clever concealments” like cane swords and penknives can lead to fines of $530 to $2,250, while “very clever concealments” such as hollowing out books to fit dangerous items. can range from $5,320 to $10,700. The TSA has not confirmed the classification of this incident, but it is believed that the knife hidden in his laptop falls within his second scope. Note, however, that these numbers are from a more recently updated document than the incident and may have changed slightly.
No further information about the traveler has been released, including his identity, destination and motives.
Traveler peace of mind is essential, but incidents like this are rare.Recent reports from The Barge sThe TSA has said it has “played little role in the biggest counter-terrorism story of the past 20 years,” and some of the most high-profile attempts to board aircraft outside the United States at airports where the TSA doesn’t handle security. That being said, the TSA has an Instagram account that they brag about from time to time some interesting findings.
Yes, consider this a triumph for TSA (and so is that poor chassis that’s trying to hold it all together). But don’t bring the knife on the plane, hide it, or hide it in your laptop. Someone will find them, and you’re holding the line for the rest of us.