NEWARK, N.J.—Sometimes “No” really means “No”.
A man, who had a knife among his carry-on items at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday afternoon, was told that he could not bring it past the checkpoint. The man then departed the checkpoint and returned a short time later, only to be caught with the same knife tucked in his underwear.
Transportation Security Administration officers detected the two-bladed pocket-knife after the man alarmed screening equipment when he entered the checkpoint. The TSA officer conducted a standard pat-down, where the knife was found artfully concealed in the traveler’s underwear. TSA officers notified Port Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint and arrested the man on a state weapons charge.
Passengers who arrive at TSA checkpoints with prohibited items are given a choice to put the items in their checked baggage, return the items to their vehicle, hand the items off to a non-traveling companion, mail the items to their home or destination (when that airport has a mailing center) or surrender the items to TSA.
Travelers who are unsure whether an item is allowed through the security checkpoint can visit tsa.gov. Passengers can also use a handy feature on the website entitled “Can I bring my ___?” where you type in the item and it will inform you immediately if the item is allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.
TSA screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.