LINTHICUM — Transportation Security Administration officers have found 13 knives in the carry-on luggage of a passenger attempting to board a flight in the Washington area.
TSA spokesman Kawika Riley says an officer operating an X-ray machine at Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport last week noticed something suspicious in the man’s luggage, and a fellow officer’s search turned up the knives. Riley says they included switchblade knives and a butterfly knife.
Riley says Maryland Transportation Authority Police took the man into custody and he faces state charges. A police spokesman on Thursday did not immediately have details of the charges or the passenger’s name.
Riley says it is common for officers to detect knives and guns at checkpoints, but this was an unusually high number of weapons.