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TSA baggage screeners found the grenades while X-raying a woman's checked luggage

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Shoe bomb: A 6th inert grenade was found stuffed in a sock and then stuffed in shoe at the Greenville South Carolina airport
Five grenades were discovered inside a Newark Liberty Airport passenger's bag Saturday but that was just the start of the security administration's surprising list.

The grenades were found to be 'inert,' by the Transportation Security Administration, carried by a Belgium-bound woman who surrendered her items, according to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein to the Associated Press.

A sixth grenade, found bundled in a sock that was stuffed in a shoe, was also discovered in a South Carolina airport and was mutually inert, according to a report by TSA Social Media Analyst Bob Burns.

In addition to the grenades, Newark also reported the confiscation of a second credit card knife after its find in a passenger's wallet headed to Los Angeles's LAX airport.

A similar one, whose blade lies flat like a card but slides out from its side when folded, had been confiscated on November 22nd during the Thanksgiving travel week, according to the TSA and CBS New York.

Adding to both the unusual amount and type of items confiscated by TSA screeners this past week, in a TSA blog posting, the agency revealed a tallied 23 loaded firearms discovered in carry-on baggage within a five-day period spanning November 27th through December 1st.
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Card-sized surprise: TSA at Newark also discovered a credit card knife in a passenger's wallet, making it the second kind of knife confiscated most recently

All of those weapons were identified as pistols.

Machetes were also found however, in two unrelated incidents in Philadelphia and LAX.

One of the blades, according to blog.tsa.gov, measured 14-and-a-half inches.
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Sneaky stick: A 2-inch blade, manufactured as part of a walking stick, was discovered at the Chicago O'Hare airport recently

Adding to this growing weapon's list, and once again, items found at the LAX airport, officers confiscated a stun gun that was disguised as a small hot pink cell phone.

'...brass knuckles, switchblades, a kubaton/knife combo, butterfly knives, firearm components, collapsible batons, throwing stars, a cat's eye, an asp, a 7" military knife, a 6½-inch double sided dagger, pepper spray, ammunition, and a 3 1/8" double bladed knife,' were also collected, according to Mr Burn's report.
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Shocker: A stun-gun disguised as a cell phone was also confiscated at the LAX airport over the holiday travel rush

'Sure, it's great to share the things that our officers are finding,' Mr Burns wrote, 'but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.

'This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home.'