TSO Discovers Pretend Ammo in Passenger's Sandal

June 26, 2008

On a recent summer day at California's Sacramento International Airport, Transportation Security Officer Clarence Clark found concealed in a passenger's flip-flop sandal what appeared to be a round of ammunition. Further inspection revealed that the object was a small metal ink pen that closely resembled the size and shape of a bullet. The hidden compartment was in the sandal's sole.

The passenger said he had just purchased the sandals and did not realize there was a Velcro-secured compartment. He was allowed to travel and there were no delays.

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