TSA Finds Concealed 9-Inch Non-Metallic Knife on Passenger at Buffalo Niagara International

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 7:09 PM EDT

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TSA Finds Concealed 9-Inch Non-Metallic Knife on Passenger at Buffalo Niagara International

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 7:09 PM EDT

(WKBW release) According to the TSA, on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:05 p.m., TSA officers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport detected a 9-inch ceramic knife on a passenger ticketed to travel to Atlanta. 

The non-metallic weapon was found hidden in the passenger's pants pocket during a standard pat down by a TSA officer. When questioned, the passenger admitted that he requested the pat down to avoid the TSA's Advanced Imaging Technology scanner because he thought the scanner was likely to detect the ceramic knife.
 
TSA contacted Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, who responded and confiscated the weapon.  After a review by the police, the individual was not permitted past the checkpoint. The passenger re-booked and was planning to fly out of the region the next day.

There was no impact to airport operations.