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TSA confiscates bang stick, razor at isle airports

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. HST, Jun 14, 2013

A bang stick sold as protection against sharks and other underwater predators and a razor blade hidden in a shoe were confiscated this week at island airports, the Transportation Safety Administration reported.

The .44-caliber bang stick was found in the carry-on bag of a passenger at Kona Airport. The bang sticks, sold at Kailua-Kona dive shops, are prohibited in carry-on bags.

The bang sticks are designed for protection against sharks, gators,crocodiles and marine predators of all kinds while scuba diving, spear fishing, boating, fishing, or snorkeling, dive shops on the Internet report. The bang sticks are also used for hunting for alligators and wild hogs.

The razor blade was found concealed in the shoe of a passenger at Honolulu International Airport this week.

No arrests were reported by the TSA.

Of the 43 firearms confiscated by the TSA this week at nation airports, 36 were loaded. No firearms were discovered at Hawaii airports security check points this week.

TSA officials say it's important to examine your bags before traveling to make sure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered, the traveler could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement.

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