A woman who was traveling with her mom on a domestic flight through LaGuardia Airport decided that she would try to smuggle some dried-up marijuana in a diaper she was wearing in an attempt to conceal the drug from her mother, although ended up getting busted by the TSA.
The passenger, who has not been identified, was left red-faced after her pot possession was not only uncovered by TSA officers at a security checkpoint but the police were then called to investigate.
Although it’s now legal in New York for adults to possess up to three ounces of cannabis, it’s still a criminal offense under federal law and technically, airline passengers aren’t allowed to carry marijuana on a plane when traveling interstate.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t, however, go out of its way to look for cannabis or any other illegal drug, for that matter, but if its officers find someone in possession of marijuana, they’re compelled to call the cops.
TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein says this is exactly what happened earlier this week when a woman passed through a metal detector at LaGuardia Airport, and it triggered an alarm.
The woman was subjected to a patdown search, and it was discovered she was wearing a diaper with cannabis concealed within. The woman was believed to be trying to hide the pot from her mother who she was traveling with.
While the woman was made to wait to be dealt with by the police, the officers, thankfully, allowed her to toss the cannabis and catch her flight as planned.
Earlier this year, two United Airlines baggage handlers were indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance after federal prosecutors accused them of running an illegal ring of employees who stole marijuana from checked luggage at San Francisco Airport.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.