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Man Busted With Weapons, Body Armor at LAX

Creatas/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Boston-bound man wearing body armor, flame retardant leggings and knee pads under his trench coat was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a Customs and Border Protection officer found a smoke grenade and several weapons in his checked luggage. He is now facing a federal charge for transporting hazardous material on an airplane.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court, Yongda Huang Harris, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, was flying from Kansai, Japan, via Inchon, Korea, to LAX on Friday.

He was pulled aside in customs for a secondary baggage inspection when an officer noticed Harris was wearing a bullet-proof vest. The officer asked Harris if he had anything he would like to declare in his checked luggage.

Harris told the officer he had a knife, but when his bag was searched, the officer found a troubling array of suspicious items.

In addition to the smoke grenade, officers found three leather-coated black-jack billy clubs, a collapsible baton, a full-face respirator, several knives and a hatchet.

Officers also found body bags, a tyvex biohazard suit, various masks, duct tape, hand cuffs, leg irons, flex cuffs, oven mitts and cooking tongs.

The smoke grenade, manufactured by a company called Commando, is classified as an explosive and is capable of filling a 40,000-cubic-foot space with smoke, according to the affidavit. The grenade is also capable of causing a fire.

It is not clear why Harris had those items in his luggage, but the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities say they are working with investigators in Japan, where Harris has been living, to learn more about why he would bring such an assortment of implements on board an international flight. LAPD and FBI are assisting in the investigation.

Harris, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement, makes his permanent home in Boston.

Though he was arrested Friday, due to the federal holiday Harris made his initial appearance Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal court and remains in federal custody.

He is scheduled to be back in court Friday for a detention hearing. A call to his attorney has not yet been returned.

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Pair Detained in Los Angeles After Apparent Twitter Mix-Up: Reports

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A young couple was detained at a Los Angeles airport after Homeland Security agents mistook a couple Twitter quips for threats against the U.S., the two told British media Monday.

Friends Irishman Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and British citizen Emily Bunting, 24, were reportedly interrogated and spent 12 hours locked up under armed guard after going through customs in Los Angeles International Airport last week. According to several British outlets, the couple was taken into custody by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents because of the slang in Bryan's tweets.

"Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America," one of the tweets read. Bryan told The Sun that in this context "destroy" just meant party.

"The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me 'You've really f***ed up with that tweet, boy'," Bryan told The Sun.

Bryan had also tweeted that he planned to be "diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!" -- another joke, he said.

"The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh's tweet," Bunting told The Daily Mail. "They wanted to know what we were going to do... They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party... I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe."

After spending the night in custody, Bryan and Bunting were reportedly put on a plane back home through Paris.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment for this report, but said they will be releasing a statement concerning the incident shortly.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Two Injured after Jetway Collapses at Los Angeles Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(LOS ANGELES) -- A pilot and a passenger from a Boston-to-Los Angeles American Airlines flight that landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport were hospitalized Wednesday night, after a jetway collapsed while they were exiting the plane.

According to officials, a small piece of floorboard next to the plane's exit door gave way, causing both victims to fall about 10 feet to the tarmac.

Matt Spence with the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two were "transported to a local hospital in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries."

The rest of the passengers exited the plane using mobile stair trucks that were attached to the other doors, Spence said.

The plane was damaged in the incident and moved to a hangar for repairs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said American Airlines will be undergoing inspections of all of its jetways at LAX.  The cause of Wednesday's collapse is not yet known.

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