On Friday, November 11, 2022, someone tried to sneak a double blade into a plane that was hidden in a gaming laptop. The incident took place at Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia, and was foiled by agents of the US Transportation Security Administration, better known as the TSA.
The laptop, where our colleagues are sitting Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab) comment was neither “a Razer Blade or an MSI Sword”, it appears to have been a Gigabyte Aorus notebook with totally-too-dusty, uncleaned fans. If you’re going to open a laptop to hide a knife in it, why not at least give it some compressed air while you’re in there?
“The TSA officer manning the checkpoint’s x-ray machine … saw what appeared to be a knife in the man’s carry-on,” the TSA said in a press release.
“The contents of the bag were searched, but no knife was initially found until each item in the cabin bag was separated and re-entered through the x-ray machine. At that point, the x-ray indicated that the knife was in the laptop and had to be After obtaining tools to disassemble the laptop, a double-edged knife was found artfully hidden in the computer’s innards.’
That term used in the TSA report – artfully concealed – is not a term of respect or descriptive whimsy, but rather of law. Artful Concealment is a specific charge for not just trying to hide a dangerous object and get it where it shouldn’t be, but to hide it – like a swordstick or a knife in a hollowed-out book. Separate charges may apply, but the offender in question could cost $5,320 to $10,700, depending on how a federal judge and/or jury feels that day.
My favorite part, though, is this: “The traveler initially claimed he had no idea there was a knife in his laptop, but after the knife was revealed, he confirmed that the knife was his.”
Nothing else is known about the man who attempted to smuggle the knife at this point, including motive, except that he was from Williamsburg, Virginia – about an hour’s drive from Richmond down the coast.
Honestly, I’m surprised the cops bothered about the “getting tools that could take apart the laptop” part, because the TSA doesn’t exactly have a reputation for subtlety and niceness if they think you have a knife .
You can read the full press release on the TSA’s website, tsa.gov. (opens in new tab)