TSA Calls Watch Cleared by Explosive Detection Team ‘Pretty Cool’

By Jon Street | November 21, 2012 | 12:57pm EST

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 file photo, a Massachusetts state trooper keeps watch over travelers making their way through Logan International Airport in Boston. Transportation Security Administration officers at Boston's Logan International Airport are alleging that a program intended to help flag possible terrorists based on passengers' mannerisms has led to rampant racial profiling, the New York Times reported Saturday, Aug. 11,2012.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(CNSNews.com) – A suspicious arm watch discovered by Transportation Security Administration officials at Oakland International Airport is “pretty cool,” according to TSA’s blog.

“Please take a moment to think about what you’re traveling with and how it might appear to TSA. I happen to think this watch is pretty cool, and I’m a fan of all kinds of art and homemade DIY gadgets, however, they’re not always the best things to travel with,” Bob Burns, a TSA blogger, said on Thanksgiving eve, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

“An odd watch that was discovered at Oakland (OAK) a few days ago has been creating quite a bit of chatter on the web. As you can see from the picture, this is not your everyday watch. If I could show you what our employees saw, you would see that it looked even more nefarious to our officers viewing it on the X-ray monitor,” Bob Burns wrote.

Burns wrote that while some people thought agency officials “overreacted to a piece of steampunk art,” others understood the agency’s concern.

“Is this watch dangerous? Not at all,” TSA writes. “However, we didn’t know that until the explosive detection team arrived and cleared the item. You see, when something is considered to be a potential deadly threat, it is protocol not to open the bag.”

The nation’s travel security agency noted in Wednesday’s blog post that terrorists take everyday items and try to turn them into explosive devices, but TSA adds that its officers are trained to look for irregular items like this one.

TSA officials do not have the authority to make arrests, but according to TSA, local law enforcement officers arrested the owner of the watch even though an explosive detection team cleared the watch.

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