LINTHICUM, Md. — A BWI airport official say a canister of pepper spray left in a trash can near a checkpoint was to blame for the evacuation of two concourses.Incidences like these don't surprise me at all. I've had to ditch all kinds of tactical doodads in airports over the years just because I forgot I had them on me, only noticing while standing in line at security. I don't recall tossing any pepper spray, which isn't to say that I haven't, but I've ditched lots of pocket knives and several pistol mags in the past; a SOG Trident in one unnamed country and about five Beretta M9 mags in another immediately comes to mind. If one were to rifle through those trash cans without drawing suspicion they would find some cool tactical gear, no doubt. Think of all the Service men and women who realized that they still had their Gerber multi-tool on their belt and threw them away at the last minute.
It's really shameful if you think about it. That's why I don't travel anymore.