CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A man flying from Corpus Christi International Airport carried a sword, concealed in a cane, undetected through security scanners Christmas Eve, Transportation Security Administration officials said.
The 14-inch sword later was detected at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Dallas police arrested the man and confiscated the weapon, officials said.
"There's no magic bullet to protect the traveling public," said Luis Casanova, spokesman for the administration. "Every once in a while something slips through."
More than 50 million prohibited items have been intercepted, including about 1,200 guns and sharp weapons this year, he said.
"We pride ourselves on the multiple security layers we have from curb to cockpit," Casanova said. Onboard aircraft, security efforts include reinforced cockpit doors, federal air marshals, federal flight deck officers and flight staff trained in self-defense, he said.
The officer who operated the scanner in Corpus Christi will receive further training, Casanova said.
Passengers are encouraged to ensure no prohibited items are with them at airports.