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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tom Blank
In an age when air travelers grudgingly surrender bottled water at security checkpoints, the most striking aspect of the arrest of a passenger wearing a bulletproof vest and flying with luggage stocked with knives, clubs and body bags is that virtually all of it was permissible to have on board.
"This clearly looks like an error. Something slipped through that should not have slipped through," Mr. Blank said of the grenade.
Tom Blank, a former deputy administrator at the TSA, said the U.S. likely will look at whether the failure to detect the grenade on a U.S.-bound jet was a one-time lapse or part of a wider security vulnerability.