A man was arrested last Friday at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when authorities found the man was wearing body armor under his trenchcoat. They also found a multitude of weapons in his luggage.
28 year-old Yongda Huang Harris, who has lived in Japan recently and who was heading for Boston, was “wearing a bulletproof vest and flame retardant pants underneath his trench coat,” said a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) statement.
‘Further investigation of his checked luggage turned up a “pyrotechnic smoke grenade,” along with a hatchet, knives, a gas mask, biohazard suits and body bags, it added.
Agents also found three leather-coated billy clubs, a collapsible baton, a full-face respirator, leg irons and a device to repel dogs, according to an affidavit by officers with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a division of ICE.’
Bomb squad officers X-rayed the smoke grenade, and found that the “device fell under the United Nations’ explosives shipping classification, meaning it is prohibited on board passenger aircraft.
“Depending on the conditions when it is ignited, the smoke grenade, made by Commando Manufacturers, could potentially fill the cabin of a commercial airplane with smoke or cause a fire,” the ICE statement said.
Harris has a permanent home in Boston, but “has been living and working recently in Japan.”
He is due to appear in court this week to answer to the charges.