A friend of mine was traveling through various airports in the states. He had accidentally left his pencil bag in his back pack which had a pair of scissors in it. The scissors were over the length allowed on a plaine (Something like 4" is considered safe.)
He went through 2 security checks in the states, and boarded planes with these scissors in his back pack. It wasn't until he went through a simple, small security check in a small Canadian air port that they were found and confiscated.
I find it funny that he made it through all this elaborate security in the States, and a simple security check in Canada with a Security guard who did his job well found the scissors.
Gave me a start when I found it that evening on the train.
Now, I don't know how security in the capital compares to that found in airports - but you'd think it would be comparable.
Turns out all you need to do to foil security is jam a pair of socks down on top of bullets and you're set.
I think this is as much ( more ) about harvesting tax dollars as anything else
My buddy was told that there was a faint line on the xray machine and they wanted to check it out. He didn't even know he had those scissors.
Incidentally, states sell confiscated items at auction.