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TSA screener: Man had 'artfully concealed knife'

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A man arrested after Detroit airport security agents found a knife inside a shoe in his carry-on luggage told police he believed he wasn't breaking the law because the weapon had already passed through screening at an airport in Alabama, according to an investigative report.

The 38-year-old man's statement is contained in a Wayne County airport police report obtained by The Associated Press via a Freedom of Information Act request.

An X-ray operator for the Transportation Security Administration noticed the knife during an initial screening July 6 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, the report said. She then asked for a colleague to check the man's bag.

That TSA screener said in a written statement that he discovered the "artfully concealed knife" in the lining of the left shoe. The passenger said "he was told that if he put the knife under the insole that it would not be seen on the X-ray," the TSA agent wrote.

The man told police the stainless steel Kershaw folding knife, similarly concealed, had not been "discovered or confiscated by the TSA" at the airport in Huntsville, Alabama, three days earlier.

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