Airport passenger found with bag containing small arsenal

Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10:05pm

A passenger at Nashville International Airport faces misdemeanor weapons charges after security found him with a bag containing four inactive grenades along with several other weapons.

Airport police arrested Barrett Wilson Ford, 22, Tuesday after his checked bag set off baggage screening equipment, showing a possible grenade.

When Transportation Security Administration officials checked the bag further, they found four inactive grenades, two sets of brass knuckles, one switchblade knife, four butterfly knives, one homemade knife more than 4 inches long, two ASPs, two police batons and two kubotans, according to an airport Department of Public Safety incident report.

Officials paged Ford inside the terminal, but he was already onboard a 9:30 a.m. Southwest Airlines Flight 2575 to Las Vegas. He was then escorted from the plane, and later arrested and processed at the airport before being transported to a Metro jail for booking.

Ford checked the bag, meaning he hadn’t tried to carry the weapons into the passenger cabin of the plane. He was booked on six misdemeanor weapons charges and was released after posting $24,000 bond later on Tuesday.

Airport spokeswoman Emily Richard said while passengers often are found traveling with a knife or a gun in a checked bag, it’s uncommon to find so many weapons in one bag at the Nashville airport.

Jon Allen, spokesman for TSA Atlanta office, said the find isn’t an everyday occurrence but with a daily national average of screening 2 million passengers and their bags, TSA tends to see things that appear out of the ordinary.

19 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 1/7/11 at 7:35

This is certainly a little gooky. I am not familar with police work or weapons but what did they charge this fellow with?

By: on 1/7/11 at 7:50

This man appears to be a potential danger to people. If he was not in law enforcement or the military, why would he have all these weapons? The authorities should probably keep an eye on somebody who tries to travel with a stash of weapons.

By: Rocket99 on 1/7/11 at 8:12

I can see them arresting him if he tried to carry them on the plane with him, but checked luggage? Come on guys. The grenades were inactive. All the items are things people can purchase legally. He had them all in his checked luggage.

Think this is overreacting to s non situation.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/7/11 at 8:23

What is an ASP?

I guess what doesn't make it to Vegas doesn't get to stay in Vegas.

By: SargeE5 on 1/7/11 at 8:23

I agree 100% with Rocket99, the grenades were harmless and can be legally purchased at any novelty store. As far as the other weapons go, they posed no threat to passengers or the traveling public. This whole thing amounts to conditioning of the public for this kind of scrutiny no matter where or when you go. I can hardly wait until TSA says traveling baseball teams can not check in with Louisville Sluggers as they can one day be whittled down into short spears or something idiotic as that. Page him, detain him, but arrest him and force him to come up with $24,000.00 bond, totally ridiculous!!! I worked for a major airline for 31 years, and the institution of TSA is nothing but a front because Political Correctness and those who are proponents of P.C. don't have the guts to profile for potential terrorists as they should be!!! ~Sarge

By: cowgirl65 on 1/7/11 at 8:52

Yeah our government is slowing taking over and we are just completely not paying attention. This is a bunch of crap. One day you will understand Obama wants TSA to take over completely. In the future you will probably have to ask our beloved government if you can go potty?? Wake up people check out what Company is making a killing out of these body scanners and this expensive way of a do nothing corrupt government to keep us safe. When simply profiling and the way we were doing it before was just as good. Our beloved government has put these so called people out there to do this so we will be scared and let them do to us and a complete take over of dicatorship. Say bye bye to your freedoms people!!

By: cval on 1/7/11 at 9:19

ASP is a telescoping baton and is used by police and legal for self defense although a safety class may be required by law to carry one. A kubota is a legal stick on a key chain used as a pressure point weapon for self defense. Despite the author's biased statement of "inactive hand grenades and other weapons", a hand grenade that is inert is a legal novelty and are often converted to lighters. They are not weapons. Switchblades are illegal and in most states, so are knives over 4" long (as carry weapon) and butterfly knives. That is what can be used to charge this nutcase. To take such weapons with you on an airline flight, knowing how insane TSA agents are in their overzealous use of authority to bully American citizens, is so ignorant, it is unbelievable someone in their right mind would do it. This is probably a fake scenario and the perpetrator is probably a TSA agent acting a role to scare the American public.

By: cowgirl65 on 1/7/11 at 9:38

Cval you are right on it....

By: xhexx on 1/7/11 at 9:40

I'm trying to figure out what the 4 misdeneanor weapons charges were for. With the possible exception of the one switchblade knife, everything else listed is legal to own. It's not like he was carrying them "with the intent to go armed". This is total BS and just another example of our overlords run amuck.

By: Lealand419 on 1/7/11 at 10:38

Get serious. You wacko conspiracy theorists see a government plot to takeover behind every bush. (Behind every Bush, maybe.) I for one feel much safer traveling knowing the authorities are doing their job -- even if this weapons nutjob had no weapons on board, he was clearly up to no good carrying all that stuff with him to LV. Whatever he was planning couldn't be a good thing. And when he carried out some mass assault in LV, you folks would be screaming, "Why didn't the airport authorities catch him?!"

Not absolutely everything gun- or weapons-related is a good thing, as you seem to believe. And all the government's efforts to protect and aid the people are not designed to take over our lives. It's the multi-national corporations and their elite 1-10% of the wealthiest who are gaining more and more control at the expense of the vast majority of Americans. The rich get richer, and the duped public (e.g. the Tea Party) are gullibly led to believe it's for the good of the country. That's the uber-BS here.

By: GUARDIAN on 1/7/11 at 10:38

GUARDIAN- Every "WEAPON" named here can be bought at novelty stores in Tennessee and are all legals here. YES even small switchblade knives with a blade below 2" are legal. If he was from there he was taking them home in his luggage or from here and taking them to friends there. GOOD GOD this is BS has the world gone mad or just plain crazy or anything to get a headline. MORONS - INBRED MORONS are around us everywhere.

By: TITAN1 on 1/7/11 at 12:11

Good work, security! I also heard that when they escorted the moron from the plane there was a man there holding a sign. At first it was thought to be a limo driver with the name of his to be passenger on it, but a closer look revealed it said "Here's your sign". It was Bill Engvall.

By: spooky24 on 1/7/11 at 12:13

I don't see why he was even charged. None of that is illegal in a checked bag. Hard to figure-if it was me I would already be in court-as this was false arrest and imprisonment.


By: yogiman on 1/7/11 at 5:27

Okay Lealand419,

I understand what side of the aisle you are on. It's good to see several fellow Americans that can actually see what is going on in our country today.

Folks, it all boils down to one fact; the full blame must be placed on Congress for allowing this to happen.

Senator Lamar Alexander wrote me saying Obama had been investigated and found to be legally eligible but he never gave an answer as to how they found him to be legally eligible.

A major question is: why did they allow it to happen? Why did the Electoral College vote him in to office without questioning his eligibility and why did the Senate affirm their election without making sure he was legally eligible? How can a man with a Kenyan father and teenage mother who did not qualify to give him citizenship in 1961 be determined to be a natural born American citizen? No way, Jose. It was the final step to take over our nation... and Congress is right in the middle of it.

By: SgtScott31 on 1/7/11 at 10:02

The weapon charges would be applied to the 2 brass knucks, switchblade, and kubaton. All are illegal to possess in TN (TCA 39-17-1302).

By: SgtScott31 on 1/7/11 at 10:06

I recommend you read the laws before you post inaccurate information.

39-17-1302. Prohibited weapons. —
(a) A person commits an offense who intentionally or knowingly possesses, manufactures, transports, repairs or sells:
(1) An explosive or an explosive weapon;
(2) A device principally designed, made or adapted for delivering or shooting an explosive weapon;
(3) A machine gun
(4) A short-barrel rifle or shotgun;
(5) A firearm silencer
(6) Hoax device;
(7) A switchblade knife or knuckles; or
(8) Any other implement for infliction of serious bodily injury or death that has no common lawful purpose.

By: dangerlover on 1/8/11 at 11:16

Yogiman, here are couple of tips for you:

1) Receiving a form letter from a senator does not mean he "wrote to you." That's like me saying that Megan Fox wrote me a letter because I got Transformers from Netflix.
2) Stop it with the birther crap. It's retarded. And old.

By: coachrowsey on 1/8/11 at 4:16

P. Rowsey This was a good catch. Weapons off the street. While this guy may not have been a threat to the flight who knows what is real intentions were,

By: richgoose on 1/8/11 at 10:26

TITA1.......In my entire life I have never encountered anyone who had the charteristics to be as big of a fool as you are. I know you are a good person but you should be restricted to serving the wine at the Church of Christ.