It was last February, you may remember, that a security contractor at a federal building in Detroit found a package outside and brought it in for safekeeping. Tossed it in the lost and found. Where it sat for a few weeks until someone thought to run it through the x-ray machine.
Then they called the bomb squad.
That was then.
This time it was guardians at LaGuardia. TSA. And these babies.
No, those aren't skillets on a stove. They're plastic bins, the kind you stick the metal in before walking through the detectors. Sitting on a radiator.
And those things in them?
They were in carry-on luggage. Metal tubes. With springs inside. Carefully removed after screening because, well, you're not supposed to take pipe bombs onto a plane.
Philip Messing and Tim Perone had the story in (sorry) the New York Post. They begin with the guy who found them.
“When I saw the image, I took a step backward and said, ‘What’s that?!’ ” one startled TSA employee said, according to police sources.
Another screener saw the objects, one gold, the other silver, and both 6-inches long with “springs” inside, and thought they could be bombs, the sources said.
The screeners promptly called their supervisor. He questioned the passenger, who claimed the pipes were for homeopathic medicine.
The supervisor bought the story and let the man board his flight without taking down any information, the sources said.