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Man Arrested At Metro Airport With ‘Artfully Concealed’ Knife In His Shoe

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The lining of an air traveler's shoe is removed to reveal a knife hidden underneath. (credit: Transportation Security Administration)

The lining of an air traveler’s shoe is removed to reveal a knife hidden underneath. (credit: Transportation Security Administration)

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ROMULUS (WWJ) – A traveler was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday – caught with a knife hidden in his shoe.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, TSA officers detected the “artfully concealed” weapon as the man passed through a security checkpoint shortly before 7:30 a.m.

The knife, which was concealed inside the bottom lining of the passenger’s shoe, was confiscated and the passenger was taken into custody.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

The TSA wishes to remind air travelers that knives and most other sharp objects are prohibited in carry-on luggage; these items should be placed in checked baggage.

TSA screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while  X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.

“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.”

For more information on prohibited items visit this link or download the MyTSA app to search specific items in the “Can I bring my…” section.

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