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Body Bags And Gas Mask Found In Man's Luggage
A man has been arrested at a US airport after a smoke grenade, gas mask and body bags were discovered in his luggage.
Boston-bound Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was arrested at Los Angeles Airport on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials on a flight from Japan.
Harris, a US citizen who works in the Far East, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
US Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious when they noticed he was wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant trousers under his trenchcoat.
They called in Homeland Security special agents who carried out a search of his luggage.
They found numerous suspicious items including knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a full-face respirator, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs.
The smoke grenade was later X-rayed by the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad.
"Depending on the conditions when it is ignited, the smoke grenade, made by Commando Manufacturers, could potentially fill the cabin of a commercial airplane with smoke or cause a fire," federal officials said in a press release.
Authorities have not said why Harris might have been carrying the items.
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what do you think?
Blimey, with a list of illegal stuff that long, it sounds like HE. probably works for the CIA
Perhaps he's just a fetish freak.....
Or maybe he was about to hijack a plane ...... Not so funny
What's the situation on the dispute over those islands that China and Japan claim?
It doesn't make a lot of sense, to me. If you were going to terrorise an airliner, why would you bother with body bags? Would he have a list and include two hundred body bags in a suitcase? Why would you want to go through an airport security check with all those items? It makes no sense at all. Anybody knows knives would show up on security checking machines. If you were going to hijack a plane, would you take dog-repelling kits?