FBI: Man tried to sneak knife onto a plane
Crime • Man was found with an acrylic folding knife with a 3-inch blade in his pants pocket.

By Michael McFall

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: November 2, 2012 09:56PM
Updated: March 6, 2013 11:31PM

FBI investigators say a man tried to sneak a knife onto a plane Thursday at Salt Lake City International Airport to see if he could and as an act of rebellion.

The man was charged Friday with possession of a dangerous weapon while attempting to board an aircraft in the U.S. District Court.

On Thursday, he checked into his flight from Salt Lake City to Charlotte, N.C. and got in line for the security checkpoint.

The man was going through screening when a Transportation Security Administration personnel noticed “an anomaly” on his person, according to the charges. He was subjected to more screening, in which TSA personnel found an acrylic folding knife with a three-inch blade in his pants pocket.

“I have two of these knives. I bought this one for the explicit purpose of trying to get it through to the airplane,” he told officers during questioning. He wanted to see if he could get it past security, and wanted to be “rebellious and anti-authority,” the charges add.

mmcfall@sltrib.com