A passenger at Nashville International Airport faces misdemeanor weapons charges after security found him with a bag containing four inactive grenades along with several other weapons.
Airport police arrested Barrett Wilson Ford, 22, Tuesday after his checked bag set off baggage screening equipment, showing a possible grenade.
When Transportation Security Administration officials checked the bag further, they found four inactive grenades, two sets of brass knuckles, one switchblade knife, four butterfly knives, one homemade knife more than 4 inches long, two ASPs, two police batons and two kubotans, according to an airport Department of Public Safety incident report.
Officials paged Ford inside the terminal, but he was already onboard a 9:30 a.m. Southwest Airlines Flight 2575 to Las Vegas. He was then escorted from the plane, and later arrested and processed at the airport before being transported to a Metro jail for booking.
Ford checked the bag, meaning he hadn’t tried to carry the weapons into the passenger cabin of the plane. He was booked on six misdemeanor weapons charges and was released after posting $24,000 bond later on Tuesday.
Airport spokeswoman Emily Richard said while passengers often are found traveling with a knife or a gun in a checked bag, it’s uncommon to find so many weapons in one bag at the Nashville airport.
Jon Allen, spokesman for TSA Atlanta office, said the find isn’t an everyday occurrence but with a daily national average of screening 2 million passengers and their bags, TSA tends to see things that appear out of the ordinary.