Replica suicide vest, prop guns brought to Richmond Airport

RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- If you're traveling to go play in a live-action role playing game, you may want to think twice about packing your fake suicide vest.

The Transportation Security Administration says a man brought with him several very realistic weapons and explosives to Richmond International Airport on Saturday.  The items triggered an alarm and the checked bag had to be pulled from the conveyor belt for closer examination.  The TSA said what the X-Ray machine showed was "very, very suspicious."

When the bag was opened, the TSA officer was shocked to find what appeared to be a suicide vest, two guns, and an old military manual on incendiary devices.

TSA explosives experts were immediately called out and Richmond International Airport Police were called. Fortunately, the explosives experts determined the items were of no threat; the suicide vest was a prop, and the guns were plastic replicas.

Police tracked down the traveler at the gate and detained him for questioning. The man, who lives in Henrico County, Virginia, told authorities that all of the items were props meant to be used in a live-action role playing game.

"The good news is that there was nothing harmful in the bag," said Chuck Burke, the  TSA’s Richmond federal security director. “The items looked realistic by design."

Burke added, "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.”

The TSA says this incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents in their bags, and the TSA reserves the right to cite passengers who show up with illegal weapons or disrupt the security screening process.

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