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Martial arts weapons, brass knuckles turn up at Utah airport

Published May 10, 2013 4:08 pm

TSA • Officers find five weapons in five days at security checkpoint.
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Passengers at Salt Lake City International Airport failed to get brass knuckles and martial arts weapons on board airliners this week.

Since last Saturday, Transportation Security Administration officers have discovered two brass knuckles, two Kubotans (a short, pointed weapon attached to a key ring) and a wooden Bo staff in five passengers' carry-on bags at the security checkpoint.

The two male passengers who tried to bring the brass knuckles on board — one last Saturday and another on Thursday — were interviewed by the airport police and cited, according to a TSA news release.

"There is no indication that the discovery of these items is linked to anything other than passengers not knowing what is in their carry-on baggage," the release adds.

The TSA wants to remind passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag before they reach the security checkpoint. For more information on which items are prohibited, visit tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items.

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