TSA finds suicide vest, guns in checked bag at Richmond airport

They were only props for an action-game, but the replica suicide vest and guns found alongside an old military manual on incendiary devices, got the attention of TSA and law enforcement officials when they were detected inside a checked bag at Richmond International Airport on Saturday, October 22nd. (TSA photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – TSA agents made an alarming discovery when a checked bag rolled through an X-ray machine at Richmond International Airport this weekend.

An officer opened the bag and found what appeared to be a suicide vest, two guns and an old military manual on incendiary devices.

TSA explosives experts and Airport Police were immediately called. Officers tracked down the traveler at the gate and detained him for questioning. The Henrico County man told officials the items posed no danger; they were all props for a live action role-playing game.

“The good news is that there was nothing harmful in the bag,” said TSA’s Richmond Federal Security Director Chuck Burke. “The items looked realistic by design. Bringing items to an airport that are meant to resemble items known to be used by terrorists . . . well I don’t know what the man could have been thinking would come of it.”