Traveler with Knife ‘Artfully Concealed’ in Shoe Detained at Detroit Airport

Discovery of the knife coincides with a directive from the Transportation Security Administration stepped up screening at airports where international flights arrive and depart.

A traveler was detained at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Sunday after TSA screeners found a knife "artfully concealed" in his shoe. (Photo: Wikipedia.org)
A traveler was detained at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Sunday after TSA screeners found a knife "artfully concealed" in his shoe. (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

A traveler was detained and arrested after a knife was found “artfully concealed” in the lining of in his shoe during routine screening Sunday at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The passenger, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody by airport police, the Detroit Free Press reports. The knife, which the Transportation Security Administration says should have been checked, was taken into custody.

“TSA takes the discovery of prohibited items seriously and urges all passengers to check the contents of their bags before leaving home to ensure they are not bringing any prohibited items to the airport,” TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said in a media release. “Every time TSA discovers artfully concealed prohibited items in a bag at the checkpoint it delays the screening process for all travelers at the checkpoint.”

The discovery occurred as TSA agents at airports where international flights arrive and depart were asked to step up security after U.S. intelligence concerns that Al Qaeda may have a bomb that can pass  undetected through screening, Fox News reports.

The network said that though there has been no evidence establishing such a bomb has been created or a specific threat to the United States.

In an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said U.S. officials continue to evaluate screening at domestic airports, but declined to comment on whether enhanced procedures overseas will be implemented at domestic airports.

"The screening we have right domestically from one domestic airport to another is pretty robust, as the American traveling public knows,” Johnson said. “In this instance, we felt that it was important to crank it up some at the last point of departure airports and we'll continually evaluate the situation."

Knives and most sharp objects must be checked, according to the TSA. Here’s a link to TSA guidelines on prohibited items
Nunov Yerbidnis July 08, 2014 at 01:25 PM
I'm thinking his name could've been Cliven Bundy or any of the other "so-called Christians" who joined the tax-evading free-loader on his land and pointed guns at our authorities. Right-Wing Terrorism at its finest!
Robert July 08, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Gee, let's think about this: on one hand you have a radical nut who wants to take down an airliner and kills hundreds of innocent people. On the other hand you have a rancher who for generations has been allowed to graze his cattle on federal lands, which actually are state, is suddenly kept by force from doing so. He responds with a few rifles, and the Feds send in the swat team team. How could I have not seen the comparison???
Richard Cranium July 08, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Bundy lost the court battle to FREE use of federal land. He lost the appeals then threatened a gun battle to keep freeloading. Yep real American hero.
Lee Jacobsen July 09, 2014 at 04:32 AM
One item that , to my surprise, has always been approved, at least when I have flown to Europe and Alaska, was a 6 ft tape measure. This was a favorite garroting tool in the James Bond early films, very sharp metal, a quick loop around the neck, the victim is dispatched. Now I suppose they will be looking for it.... What they should do , if they are serious about security, is to do as Israel does, check all baggage before it even gets into the airport terminal. What a nice crowded place to cause mischief.....And for sure do profiling.... where do the majority of terrorists come from?? Norway? Sweden?? Finland??
Robert July 09, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Sue Don't give us your holier than thou crap. You know it's the truth. If this had been a white guy, or even some who attended a Christian church regularly his name would be plastered all over the news within minutes of his arrest.


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