TSA finds 6-inch knife taped inside carry-on bag at Spokane airport

<p><p>Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a 6-inch knife taped in the liner of a traveler’s carry-on bag during a routine screening at the security checkpoint Sept. 10 at the Spokane International Airport, according to a post on TSA Pacific’s Twitter account.</p></p><p><p>Lorie Dankers, TSA spokesperson, said yellow tape was used to tape the knife in the lining of the pink luggage.</p></p><p><p>“Every day across the country TSA officers do find prohibited items,” Dankers said. “Most of those are not artfully concealed like this one was.”</p></p><p><p>Dankers said TSA will review the circumstances of the event and determine if the traveler will face a civil penalty.</p></p><p><p>She said TSA can assess fines for alleged actions like these, but it is not a law enforcement agency and cannot levy criminal penalties. She said the incident will be reviewed over the coming weeks.</p></p><p><p>Dankers said TSA does not reveal the names of travelers. </p></p><p><p>Todd Woodard, a Spokane airport spokesperson, said in a text message that the knife was legal but was a prohibited item in the area of the terminal building beyond the passenger security checkpoint. The knife was confiscated, he said.</p></p><p><p>Dankers reminded travelers to carefully check the contents of their bags and not bring prohibited items, like knives, to the security checkpoint.</p></p><p><p><em>Editor’s note: This story was updated on September 16 to reflect the correct date of the incident. </em></p></p>