Man arrested at airport wearing bulletproof vest, weapons in luggage

Jordana Divon
Daily BuzzOctober 10, 2012

Anyone who's traveled commercial o'er the blue skies in the past decades knows a few things, the first of which is you do not pass Go with anything as "suspicious" as a bottle of water.

So it's hard to imagine what led Yongda Huang Harris to believe he would get the all-clear from the TSA when he tried to fly from Japan to Boston (via Korea and Los Angeles) clad in a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants underneath his trench coat.

And it may be a while before we find out either. According to the Associated Press, the 28-year-old, who was taken into custody during a stopover at the Los Angeles International Airport, is refusing to say a word.

A U.S. official told the AP that the man will not cooperate with a Homeland Security investigation. Harris is reportedly a U.S. citizen with permanent residence in Boston. He recently moved to Japan for work purposes.

Also among Harris' possessions: a smoke grenade, body bags, knives, a hatchet, a gas mask, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, handcuffs, leg irons, billy clubs, and a device used to repel dogs.

Harris was able to board the plane from Japan to Los Angeles without incident, as an immigration officer at Kansai International Airport told the news agency that authorities did not "report anything suspicious" at the time he boarded his LA-bound flight.

Harris, described as "very intelligent" by his defense attorney's spokesperson, has been charged with one count of transporting hazardous materials.

And while Harris was allegedly soaring over the Pacific with a bag full of suspicious items, a 34-year-old woman dying of leukemia said TSA workers punctured her medically sterile saline bag and ordered her to lift her shirt in front of other travelers to allow agents to "inspect her feeding tubes" before a vacation to Hawaii.