A TSA explosives expert at JFK Airport prevented a possible mid-air disaster, after TSA officers spotted an "unusual suspicious item" inside a traveler’s carry-on bag earlier this month "that could have resulted in a tragic outcome had the item been carried onto an aircraft," the federal agency said Wednesday, according to 1010WINS radio.
The bag was pulled and searched, and the item was determined to be "two large electronics wired to what appeared to be a tampered power source," the TSA said in a press release quoted in the report.
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"It was deemed that the power component was hazardous because the passenger had tampered with and exposed multiple lithium batteries, which created a possible explosive device," read the release.
Officials hunted down the passenger who said he had constructed a solar panel wired to the batteries to power his device because of the difficulties in finding batteries in the country he was ticketed to travel to.
The TSA did not say which country he was traveling to but did note the man was not permitted to travel with the batteries since he altered them and agreed to voluntarily leave the batteries with TSA for proper safe disposal. Read more at Arutz-7