You are carrying what?

One wonders how a man dressed in a bulletproof vest and fire-resistant pants and travelling with a smoke grenade, gas mask, leg irons and weapons managed to fly from Japan to Los Angeles via Seoul unmolested.

Yongda Huang Harris, 28, a US citizen was arrested on Friday 5th October, 2012 ta Los Angeles airport, on “suspicion of transporting hazardous materials “, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. In his checked luggage, Harris was carrying knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a full-face respirator, billy clubs, a respirator, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs (pictured below).

His lawyer said that the “peculiar attire donned by his client was simply a fashion statement shared by young people in Japan”. Mr Harris, a graduate of Boston University had been teaching English in Japan.  The lawyer also said the arsenal of weapons was only for self-protection, as Mr Harris had been previously mugged on a Boston street. The Federal authorities claimed that the suspect also had a video entitled “Schoolgirls in Cement,” and a publication which shows how to hunt and trap humans.

The question has yet to be answered: How was this guy allowed onto a plane? Interestingly, it seems,  the smoke grenade is the only thing prohibited on passenger aircraft.  The knives and other items are indeed permissible -in checked bags. His lawyer was saying: this is merely an unusual hobby.




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  1. TSA training principle: No, no…don’t worry about that guy. Focus on the grandma from Des Moines…she’s the scary one!

  2. I have been living in Japan for about 10 years now and don’t recall any fashion trend here involving bullet proof vests and fire resistant pants.

  3. Stephen, this guy wasn’t screened by TSA, he was arriving from a foreign country and was screened there. So no way to blame TSAI on this one.

  4. Bob
    Definition for unmolested:
    Web definitions
    not interfered with, disturbed, or harmed.

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