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TSA finds 6-inch knife taped inside carry-on bag at Spokane airport

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 16, 2021

This photo shows a knife allegedly found concealed in a carry-on at Spokane International Airport.   (Courtesy photo/TSA)
This photo shows a knife allegedly found concealed in a carry-on at Spokane International Airport.  (Courtesy photo/TSA)

Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a 6-inch knife taped in the liner of a traveler’s carry-on bag during a routine screening at the security checkpoint Sept. 10 at the Spokane International Airport, according to a post on TSA Pacific’s Twitter account.

Lorie Dankers, TSA spokesperson, said yellow tape was used to tape the knife in the lining of the pink luggage.

“Every day across the country TSA officers do find prohibited items,” Dankers said. “Most of those are not artfully concealed like this one was.”

Dankers said TSA will review the circumstances of the event and determine if the traveler will face a civil penalty.

She said TSA can assess fines for alleged actions like these, but it is not a law enforcement agency and cannot levy criminal penalties. She said the incident will be reviewed over the coming weeks.

Dankers said TSA does not reveal the names of travelers. 

Todd Woodard, a Spokane airport spokesperson, said in a text message that the knife was legal but was a prohibited item in the area of the terminal building beyond the passenger security checkpoint. The knife was confiscated, he said.

Dankers reminded travelers to carefully check the contents of their bags and not bring prohibited items, like knives, to the security checkpoint.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on September 16 to reflect the correct date of the incident. 

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