Man Wearing Bullet-proof Vest Arrested at LAX

 - October 15, 2012, 3:14 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to know how a male U.S. citizen boarded and flew aboard an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, all the way to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with a smoke grenade in his checked baggage.

The man, whose journey originated in Japan, was arrested at LAX wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant pants as he tried to check in for a domestic flight to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

A thorough search of the man’s checked luggage revealed billy clubs, various knives, a hatchet, body bags, a bio-hazard suit, handcuffs and leg irons. Despite the arsenal the suspect brought into the U.S., a Japanese security source said security officials were not sure if the content of the man’s bags constituted illegal behavior. A magistrate in Los Angeles ordered the suspect held without bail after declaring him a flight risk.