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Metro Airport detains passenger over knife

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A passenger was detained Wednesday at Detroit Metro Airport for trying to board a flight with a double-edged knife, officials said.

The man was stopped during screening at a North Terminal checkpoint about 3 p.m., said Mike Conway, the airport’s director of public affairs. A Transportation Security Administration staffer alerted airport police because possessing a knife there violates federal law and an airport ordinance, Conway said.

The passenger was taken to the police station, fingerprinted, issued a citation and released, Conway said. It wasn’t immediately clear where the man was headed or if he missed his flight.

Conway said it’s common for travelers to not know what items are prohibited on planes or in secure airport areas.

This year, Metro Airport police have confiscated 15 guns at checkpoints, he said. “Our message is: you should carefully check the contents of your carry-on luggage before screening.”

For information on prohibited items: https://www.tsa.gov.