HARRISBURG, Pa. – A man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Harrisburg International Airport after they caught him trying to bring box cutters and a utility knife past the checkpoint on Sunday, July 7, including one artfully concealed in his shoe.
The man removed his shoes to go through the checkpoint X-ray machine when a small flat box cutter was found concealed under the inside lining of one of the shoes. Two additional flat box cutters and a standard hand-held cutter/utility knife were also detected in his checked bag.
When asked why there was a box cutter in his shoe, the man changed his story several times, claiming that he worked for a delivery service, that it slipped in, and that he didn’t know how it could have suddenly appeared unde
r the lining of the sole of one of his dress shoes
After the items were removed from the shoe and carry-on bag, the man was permitted to catch his flight because the weapons were removed and no longer posed a threat.