TSA seeing more credit card knives in carry-on bags at McGhee Ty

TSA seeing more credit card knives in carry-on bags at McGhee Tyson

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At first glance the credit card knife looks harmless, but a closer look reveals a potentially dangerous weapon. At first glance the credit card knife looks harmless, but a closer look reveals a potentially dangerous weapon.
"Most of the folks that travel through the checkpoint say they just forgot it was in there," said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Eddie McGaha. "Most of the folks that travel through the checkpoint say they just forgot it was in there," said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Eddie McGaha.
So far the this year at McGhee Tyson, the TSA has uncovered a hatchet, a hollowed out grenade, a Taser and six firearms. All that can add up to major back-ups. So far the this year at McGhee Tyson, the TSA has uncovered a hatchet, a hollowed out grenade, a Taser and six firearms. All that can add up to major back-ups.
TSA reminds everyone to do one final check of their carry-on bags when they arrive at the airport to make sure all prohibited items have been removed. TSA reminds everyone to do one final check of their carry-on bags when they arrive at the airport to make sure all prohibited items have been removed.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Airport screeners across the country continue to uncover weapons in carry-on bags, despite repeated warnings from the Transportation Safety Administration, but they are now dealing with a new smaller and harder to detect item.

It's not uncommon for TSA officers to uncover prohibited weapons at the security checkpoint at McGhee Tyson airport, but this latest item fits right in your wallet, only costs a couple of dollars and is showing up daily. At first glance it looks harmless, but a closer look reveals a potentially dangerous weapon.

"It's a credit card or wallet style knife," said TSA Assistant Federal Security Director Eddie McGaha. "These are relatively inexpensive. Some companies may even be giving them away as promotional items. People are getting them as gifts."

Because of that, the TSA says they are seeing more and more passengers with them each day.

"It's obviously got a blade that is a couple of inches long, and I don't think TSA allows that," said passenger Jeff Woody.

"Most of the folks that travel through the checkpoint say they just forgot it was in there," added McGaha.

That's not the only thing they are forgetting.

So far the this year at McGhee Tyson, the TSA has uncovered a hatchet, a hollowed out grenade, a Taser and six firearms. All that can add up to major back-ups. 

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"We usually have to close down that particular screening area because we do have to have a law enforcement response at that point," said McGaha. "Of course, all the folks that are waiting in line, we have to wait until that situation is resolved before we start the passenger flow again."

"It happens all the time," added Woody. "I travel a good bit and whether its liquids or you name it, there is always something holding the line up. So yeah, it's frustrating."

TSA reminds everyone to do one final check of their carry-on bags when they arrive at the airport to make sure all prohibited items have been removed. Many of those prohibited carry-on items are permitted in checked bags.

More online: Complete list of prohibited items

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