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Woman's hidden knife among items confiscated by TSA

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 09:09 a.m. HST, May 06, 2013

Another tourist leaving Hawaii tried to smuggle a knife in a hair brush in her carry-on luggage at Maui Airport, the Transportation Security Administration reported.

The incident occurred April 26 when a female passenger headed for Idaho on an American Airlines flight was stopped at a security checkpoint after TSA officers discovered a knife with a 4-inch blade hidden inside a hair brush. 

The passenger was cleared to fly by law enforcement officers, but the knife was confiscated by TSA.

The confiscated knife found on Maui was mentioned among confiscated items in a TSA report for the week ending May 3. The same report said 21 of 25 firearms confiscated were loaded. One passenger tried to smuggle .45 caliber handgun and four magazines in a cassette tape deck on the mainland.

This was the third incident this year where passengers have gotten knives confiscated after they were found by TSA officials at island airport security checkpoints.

On April 11 at Lihue Airport an 83-year-old United Airlines passenger hid his 3 1⁄2-inch pocketknife in an empty toothbrush container because he was afraid it would be confiscated.

The passenger told TSA officers he had hoped to "hide" the knife from the TSA because he didn't want to lose it. TSA workers operating X-ray equipment identified the knife and requested a physical inspection of the passenger's bag with the toothbrush container.

The passenger was allowed to continue of his trip, but he lost the pocket knife.

In January, another airline passenger flying to Hilo tried to smuggle three knives in a thermos past security at Honolulu Airport.

The man was stopped Jan. 20 trying to board a Hawaiian Airlines flight. At the initial checkpoint, the passenger was permitted to leave the checkpoint area with the knives to put them into his checked baggage. Instead, the man attempted to sneak them through in the thermos, the TSA reported.

The knives were confiscated and the passenger was allowed to book a later flight to Hilo.

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nitpikker wrote:
they should start collecting fines from passengers just for stupidity!!
on May 6,2013 | 08:55AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
exactly, if people started getting fined $500 or more for each infraction you'd see this kind of silliness decreasing fast.
on May 6,2013 | 07:07PM
Macadamiamac wrote:
The TSA are a bunch of thieves. Shame on them and shame on the travelers who have traded their liberty for a false sense of security. Doesn't anyone remember United 89?
on May 6,2013 | 09:05AM
kailuabred wrote:
They catch people with contraband and you slam them. Dumbest comment of the day.
on May 6,2013 | 09:26AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You have it wrong. The people caught with contraband are the ones who should be slammed but they are let go by the TSA with no action taken against them. The TSA deserves to be slammed for doing that..
on May 6,2013 | 05:51PM
patk wrote:
Don't judge TSA by the actions of a small minority. There are always a few bad apples in every bunch.
on May 6,2013 | 10:01AM
hikine wrote:
If you don't want to loose your liberty then don't fly! These people deliberately tried to circumvent the law. A fine should be imposed as nitpikker suggested.
on May 6,2013 | 11:51AM
eoe wrote:
The airlines are at fault here too - at some point this becomes a calculus like - is it worth $25 to check this item?
on May 6,2013 | 09:15AM
hikine wrote:
If they just stash these in their check-in luggage then there's no additional fee. Blame the perps for not following rules. And if at some point these people stabs someone in flight then you'll change your tune.
on May 6,2013 | 11:54AM
kaizuhboy wrote:
How ironic. There is a DVOR ad to the right of this report.
on May 6,2013 | 09:15AM
kainalu wrote:
Nice observation.
on May 6,2013 | 10:56AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
People like the NRA will believe that they are entitled to pack a firearm to a vacation in Hawaii. They come from these backwater places where it's their custom. Why? People in Hawaii don't look like them. Therefore they're afraid. Please, stay home. TSA needs to impose fines on these bumpkins. I'm sure this revenue will help.
on May 6,2013 | 09:19AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yep, Idaho.
on May 6,2013 | 09:20AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Interesting.......SA runs a DVOR Knife ad in the lower right of this comments page.
on May 6,2013 | 09:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
That looks like a Mandan tribal kni...WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!
on May 6,2013 | 11:49PM
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