Friday, July 15, 2011

Man Tried to Board Plane With 13 Knives

MSNBC: A 24-year-old Baltimore man tried to a board a flight last week with 13 knives packed in his carry-on luggage (right).

Amr Gamal Shedid was attempting to fly from Baltimore Washington International Airport to Minnesota on July 7 when a security officer operating an X-ray machine noticed something suspicious and discovered the 12 switchblades and a butterfly knife in the flier's luggage, according to Sgt. Kirk Perez, a spokesperson for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Shedid told officers that he collected knives.

The man did not appear to be involved in a plot or a threat onboard the plane. "We don’t have any indication to lead us to believe anything along those lines at this time," said Perez.

Shedid has been charged with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, which is illegal in Maryland and carries a $1,000 fine and/or up to three years prison. He was also been charged with carrying an unauthorized weapon into an airport and interfering with the security process in an airport. Perez said that Shedid did not resist arrest.

"Every day TSA officers stop knives, guns, and other weapons from getting from one side of the checkpoint to the other," said Kawika Riley a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. "But it's not every day that a passenger attempts to bring over a dozen weapons onto a plane in a single carry-on."

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