When checking in with bags, airlines used to ask two questions.
- Did you pack these bags yourself?
- Have they been outside of your possession?
The questions were routinely mocked. They never caught a terrorist. Little did I know they were actually important to uncover rogue mothers packing bags on behalf of their adults sons.
A 22 year old man named Ryan Moore went through security at Baltimore Washington International airport last week. Against all odds the TSA found a 40 caliber rifle in his bag.
He tried on a variation of the Shaggy Defense. He said ‘wasn’t me’. Instead he blamed his mother. She packed his bags he said, and he had no idea there was a rifle in there.
A Hagerstown man says his mother packed his bag after a collapsible rifle was found in his carry-on bag at BWI. https://t.co/DylOfoF9S6
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) October 17, 2018
He now faces weapons charges but is likely hoping his mother will give him an advance on his allowance to pay the resulting fine.
If anyone had asked him the two questions, it might have revealed the gun and saved him from charges. And of course had he checked the bags and declared the gun things would have been fine, too.