Dulles TSA Finds Replica Claymore Mine in Luggage

A Transportation Security Administration officer detected a replica military anti-personnel mine in a woman’s checked bag at Dulles Airport late Friday afternoon.

According to the agency, security scanning technology triggered an alarm on the bag, indicating that it needed to be inspected by a TSA officer. The officer opened the bag and uncovered a military style anti-personnel mine, commonly referred to as a Claymore mine.

A TSA’s explosives specialist was alerted and immediately responded to inspect the item. It was determined to be a realistic inert replica mine.

The item was removed from the bag, which was then cleared for flight.

There was no impact to airport operations.

Inert replica mines are manufactured and sold for training purposes. Under federal policies, realistic replicas of explosives are not permitted in checked or carry-on baggage. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of $680 to $3,400.

3 thoughts on “Dulles TSA Finds Replica Claymore Mine in Luggage

  • 2020-07-27 at 2:24 pm
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    Essentially, the TSA managed to find a large, slightly curve piece of plastic in a woman’s baggage. I guess it’s possible that there was some metal in the plastic or the fake device had the two scissor legs attached to it.

    I am not sure why this is “newsworthy” in any sense of the word though I am surprised TSA managed to find something in luggage. They always seem to have an unhealthy interest in my shoes and belt.

  • 2020-07-28 at 11:26 am
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    I forgot to ask in my original post, but are there CIVILIAN anti-personnel mines out there?

    “A Transportation Security Administration officer detected a replica **military** anti-personnel mine in a woman’s checked bag at Dulles Airport late Friday afternoon.”

    “The officer opened the bag and uncovered a **military style** anti-personnel mine, commonly referred to as a Claymore mine.”

    There is an extremely detailed list of allowable and prohibited items available at: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all-list

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