The Boston man arrested Friday at LAX after customs agents found him sporting what appeared to be a bulletproof vest, was carrying more than just knives, body bags, and a smoke grenade in his luggage.
Yongda Huang Harris, 28, who wore flame retardant pants as he flew from Japan to LA, allegedly had a laundry list of curious objects in his suitcases according to Homeland Security, including:
- Three lead-filled, leather-coated billy clubs
- A collapsible baton
- A full-face respirator
- A variety of knives and a hatchet
- Body bags
- A Tyvex biohazard suit and various masks
- Duct tape and batteries
- Oven mitts and cooking tongs
- Hand cuffs, leg irons, and plastic flexi-cuffs
- A device to repel dogs
Once investigators inspected Harris's laptop, they discovered Japanese fantasy rape writings, pornography, and "Poor Man's James Bond" - a book that describes how to make bombs and other weapons, ABC News reports.
The only item of Harris's that violated the Transportation Security Administration guidelines for what is permissible in checked luggage was the smoke grenade.
"Depending on the conditions when it is ignited, the smoke grenade, made by Commando Manufacturers, could potentially fill the cabin of a commercial airplane with smoke or cause a fire," the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a release.
According to the Associated Press, when Harris deplaned and went through security in Incheon, South Korea, before boarding the LA-bound flight, weapons such as axes, knives or smoke-generating cartridges are allowed in checked bags, according to a senior airport security official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to media.
The official said Harris' checked luggage went through X-ray scans at Incheon but no hazardous materials were found and that no red flags were raised about its contents because the items did not violate that nation's guidelines for checked luggage.
Harris, who was working as an English teacher in China, is being charged with one count of transporting hazardous materials, which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.