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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More Passengers Being Busted Carrying Credit Card Knives Through Airports

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials say there's a growing trend of a credit card knives being carted through airport security points nationwide -- and San Francisco is one of the more popular places to find these inconspicuous blades.

SFO topped the list of airports this week where credit card knives were found on passengers. Out of the 61 knives that were discovered this week, 10 of those were found at SFO. Since January, 186 knives have been discovered at checkpoints nationwide.

The knives get their name because they fit nicely in a wallet, as a credit card would. However, because they are used for cutting, not shopping, they tend to be slightly thicker than your average credit card, with a blade that either unfolds or pulls out.

Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the TSA, says that these recent discoveries makes it a good time to remind passengers once again that you can't bring sharp objects onto the plane. That includes ice picks, meat cleavers, machetes, and discrete pocket knives.

"Knives, except for plastic or round-bladed butter knives are not permitted, regardless of whether its a pocket knife," said Feinstein. "With that being said, they are permitted in checked luggage."

Feinstein said there's not a one specific type of person carrying these knives -- kids, adults, men, and women have been found with them at airports. Feinstein says he won't speculate on why people are carrying these knives, but a TSA blog post claimed the knives are often "out of sight, out of mind" when tucked away in a wallet. In other words, travelers seemingly forget they have them when they reach security point.

The agency says if they detect a knife, travelers will have the option to voluntarily abandon the property, mail it, check it, or toss it in the garbage. And in case you're wondering, here's a full list of things you can and cannot bring on the plane.


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