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TSA Finds Bang Stick, Concealed Razor at Hawaiʻi Airports

June 14, 2013, 10:45 AM HST
* Updated June 14, 10:50 AM
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Bang Stick. Photo courtesy TSA blog.

Bang Stick found at Kona International Airport. TSA photo at

By Wendy Osher

The Transportation Security Administration discovered a bang stick and concealed razor at airports in Hawaiʻi this week, according information released by the agency.

The incidents were included in the weekly blog entry posted on the agency’s website for the week ending on June 14, 2013.

According to the agency publication, a razorblade was discovered concealed in the shoe of a passenger at Honolulu International Airport.

The agency also reported finding a .44 caliber bang stick, detected in the carry-on bag of a passenger at Kona International Airport.


A bang stick is a firearm used in underwater spear fishing for protection against sharks and other aggressive animals.  According to the TSA report, the item is prohibited in carry-on bags.


The findings come a month after a hairbrush dagger was found at the Kahului Airport in May.

According to the website, the information provided, including weekly highlights from airports across the nation, is shared in an effort to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process.

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