TSA: Man Blamed This 'Loaded Diaper' on His Girlfriend

Agency says man was cited at NYC's LaGuardia airport after 17 bullets found in disposable diaper
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2023 5:46 AM CST
TSA: Man Hid Bullets in Disposable Diaper in Carry-On
Travelers are screened by TSA officers at LaGuardia Airport on May 27, 2016, in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

It was a loaded diaper, but not like you would think. Security officers found 17 bullets concealed inside a disposable baby diaper Wednesday at New York's LaGuardia Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said. Officers pulled the otherwise clean diaper from a passenger's carry-on bag after it triggered an alarm in an X-ray machine at an airport security checkpoint, the TSA said, per the AP. According to the agency, the passenger initially claimed he didn't know how the bullet-filled diaper ended up in his bag. Later he suggested his girlfriend put it there, the agency said. The TSA identified the passenger as a man from Arkansas who was ticketed for a flight to Chicago's Midway Airport, but it didn't disclose his name.

Port Authority police cited him for unlawful possession of the 9mm ammunition. Messages seeking details were left with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, and the Queens district attorney's office. The diaper disguiser is just the latest LaGuardia passenger to be flagged for packing bullets—and sometimes heat. It's a problem that has cropped up at airports across the US. Last month, TSA officers found a .45-caliber pistol and a magazine loaded with six bullets concealed in a pair of Nike sneakers in a checked bag at LaGuardia. Firearms are allowed to be transported as checked luggage, but only in a locked, hard-sided container—not in shoes.

In January 2021, officers at a security checkpoint intercepted 13 bullets hidden in a Mentos chewing gum container inside a carry-on bag. The bullets were mixed in with pieces of gum, the TSA said. The passenger, who was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition, claimed the bag belonged to his son, the agency said. Then, in April, officers pulled a loaded .22-caliber pistol and two boxes of ammunition—more than 100 bullets total—from a carry-on bag. That passenger claimed he'd been at a shooting range and forgot to remove the gun and bullets before heading to the airport, the TSA said. He was still arrested.

(More Transportation Security Administration stories.)

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