Travel Company Surf Patch Responded to the News of a Souvenir Grenade Preventing Passengers From Being Able to Fly Clear of Delays

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Following an article about a souvenir grenade causing major delays at a Utah airport, Surf Patch responded with their comments.

On January 9, 2013, travel company Surf Patch responded to a Salt Lake City Tribune article by Michael McFall, regarding a souvenir grenade found in a passengers bag caused delays, hindering other passengers ability to fly clear.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune article, “A passenger traveling with an inactive grenade in his carry-on luggage caused the temporary closure of an airport security screening area on Saturday.”

The article states that the TSA found the grenade as the bag was being put through a checkpoint at Salt Lake City International Airport. Security officers closed down that checkpoint, clearing a 100 foot perimeter while the bag was further researched.

According to Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman, Barbara Gann, “The grenade turned out to be a souvenir. It’s owner was temporarily detained for questioning.” The article mentioned that the checkpoint was shut down for 40 minutes, during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, making it hard for passengers to fly clear of delays.

Travel company, Surf Patch, responded to the article with their thoughts on the news. “Carrying a souvenir grenade in your bag when trying to pass through a security checkpoint at an airport, is not the smartest of moves,” said world traveler Takara Licausi. “Due to this, a large number of people were left waiting on long lines to pass through security checkpoints to reach their destinations.”

Surf Patch was founded in 2000 by a group of college students from UC Santa Barbara. We are a website made for travelers to share their travel experiences and favorite surfing spots. We offer a unique view on the most amazing places in the world. Surf Patch gives a laid-back, relaxing feel to the world of traveling and surfing. We spend most of our time traveling the world and experiencing new places to review and share with the world.


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