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TSA Takes Man's Laptop Apart, Finds Knife

Virginia passenger faces a 'stiff federal financial civil penalty'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2022 11:21 AM CST
TSA Takes Man's Laptop Apart, Finds Knife
"The traveler initially claimed that he had no idea that there was a knife inside his laptop," the TSA said.   (TSA)

If you find that Transportation Security Administration agents are paying closer attention to your laptop the next time you fly, a man in Virginia could be to blame. The TSA says its officers found a knife "artfully concealed" inside a man's laptop at Richmond International Airport last Friday, WRIC reports. The TSA says an officer spotted a knife when the man's carry-on bag was going through an X-ray machine, but it wasn't found when the bag was searched. Officers determined the knife was in the laptop after they started putting the man's items through the machine individually.

After the laptop was taken apart, "a double-edged knife was found to have been artfully concealed inside the guts of the computer," the TSA said in a press release. The agency says the passenger initially denied knowing the knife was in the laptop but later admitted it was his. The TSA says he will now face a "stiff federal financial civil penalty." Airport spokesperson Troy Bell says the matter is being investigated and no charges have been filed yet, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (More TSA stories.)

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