An array of items displayed recently at Myrtle Beach International Airport confirmed some terrible fears about flying out of the Grand Strand.
Not only are passengers wearing prohibited, ammunition-style clothing from Hot Topic, they're also carrying inert hand grenades, mega bottles of cheap suntan lotion and Airsoft guns that could scare the pants off airport security.
Our resort area attracts its own share of passengers with strange items and souvenirs that don't make it past airport security, said TSA (Transportation Security Administration) regional spokesman Mark Howell.
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Mega bottles of no-name lotion, tucked away in carry-on bags, were left behind. They will be given to a haz-mat team for disposal.
Ditto for several super-size bottles of vacation wine and liquor.
Bottom line - If it sloshes, smells like cheap coconut and is more than 3.4 ounces, it's a potential threat to homeland security, according to the TSA.
Other strange, but true, threats to national welfare included several large snow globes, Howell said.
Those are not actually considered weapons, but boy, are they ugly.
They also contain more than 3.4 ounces of murky, unknown liquid, so they had to be surrendered to TSA.
The inert grenade, possibly meant to become a cheesy desk ornament, was left behind.
Also surrendered was the fake stick of dynamite and the sword cane - a walking stick containing a very large knife.
The 70-year-old cane owner didn’t know she was armed, according to TSA officials.
In other airports, cats, live crabs and snakes and fireworks have been found in carry-on bags checked baggage.
"Every once in a while, we will a find a cat," Howell said. "It's kind of weird, they can't hear the cat. They'll pack their bags and the cat will get zipped in."
Granny’s Got a Gun
Horry County deputies got more than they bargained for last week when they entered the home of 72-year-old Barbara Brunson of Heritage Lane in Conway.
Deputies were trying to evict the older resident and entered her home without her express permission.
If there is one thing you do not do in Horry County, is enter an older lady’s home without her permission.
Brunson showed the deputies she meant business by reportedly firing a Taser and yelling that she was going to shoot.
The deputies exited the house (very quickly, we assume) and called for backup.
It took a SWAT team and a negotiations team several hours to get back into the home and arrest Brunson on charges of threatening an officer.
Hey, she did tell them to get out of her house.
They needed a sofa
Two very tasteful armed robbers from Georgetown County were nabbed after they knocked over a furniture store that sells painted and distressed furniture.
Deputies said two men entered the Not Too Shabby store in Murrells Inlet on May 2 and pointed a hand gun at the clerk.
The men, however, were not looking for seashell knick-knacks or faded porch rockers, according to police.
They left the business with an unknown amount of money.
Samuel Tyrice Coleman, 24, was charged with one count of armed robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Soloman J. Coleman, 48, is charged with one count of armed robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.
No pillows were hurt during the robbery.
Continuing the theme of robbing unusual places, Conway police, at press time, were looking for an armed man who robbed a Domino’s Pizza on 16th Avenue.
The man, who apparently did not want his pizza delivered, entered the business around midnight on July 12.
He had his face covered and demanded money, police said.
The man then left in a dark, four-door car, without even taking a slice of cheese and mushroom.
Anyone with any information should call the Conway Police Department at 248-1790 or 488-1790 - no ordering cheesy bread, please.