An elderly woman had no idea her cane contained a secret blade.
Concealing a blade in a cane is nothing new, but it comes as quite the surprise if someone is carrying one without knowing it.
That's exactly what happened to an 80-year-old woman trying to fly out of Myrtle Beach International Airport. The woman got quite the surprise when TSA officials informed her cane, a gift from her son, actually held a hidden blade according to Myrtle Beach Online.
As it turns out, this is nothing new for the TSA. "It happens a lot, actually," TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell told reporters. "People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn't found until we X-ray it."
The woman willingly gave up the cane to security officials. The blade could only be revealed after twisting and pulling on the sword's bronze handle.
Howell was holding a press conference that displayed many of the other items the TSA regularly confiscates from people trying to board a flight. The cane sword has gained the most attention just because of how unusual it is.
If you or someone you know owns a cane that was purchased second-hand, it might not be a bad idea to check and make sure it isn't a sword cane.