TSA Left ‘Potential Pipe Bombs’ Sitting Around for Six Hours

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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 04: A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The pilot program launched today for fliers to use the expedited security screening in Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas/Fort Worth.The lane has a metal detector rather than a full-body imaging machine and passengers will no longer no need to remove shoes, belts, light outerwear, and bags of liquids that are compliant with TSA restrictions.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images

The New York Post is totally losing it today over a TSA "botch at LaGuardia" in which a pair of suspicious six-inch pipes with "springs" inside were forgotten for hours at the airport. The "potential pipe bombs" were removed from a passenger's luggage, but he assured agents they were a tool for homeopathic medicine and was allowed to board his plane. The pipes, though, remained behind, sitting on a radiator in the screening area for six hours.

"When I saw the image [on the X-ray machine], I took a step backward and said, 'What's that?!'" a TSA employee reportedly told police. But it wasn't until three hours later that a supervisor called a bomb specialist, who took two more hours to show up. The bomb squad eventually took the objects away and deemed them not dangerous.

The TSA said the little tubes were "voluntarily surrendered" and that they only called the cops "out of an abundance of caution." With the pipes already on hand, maybe the agents were just hoping for the other half of that "homeopathic" treatment to come through.