A box cutter was found in the possession of an irate passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight headed for Tampa, according to authorities.
A second box cutter was discovered in the suspect’s carry-on after they were taken into custody and searched, the agency reported. While acceptable in checked luggage, blades are not permitted in the cabin.
The Transportation Security Administration claims that staff members who examined the male passenger’s luggage before takeoff did not adhere to protocol.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Friday, Frontier Flight 1761 departed from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and was en route to Tampa when the crew reported an emergency.
After that, the aircraft was “diverted to Atlanta after a passenger on board the aircraft was spotted in possession of a box cutter,” the airline said NBC News in a statement.
“There have been no reported injuries to either passengers or crew. On Saturday morning, a brand-new flight from Atlanta to Tampa was planned.”Frontier spokesperson Jennifer F. de la Cruz
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft landed in Atlanta at about 8:45 p.m.
Frontier Airlines didn’t offer any other details on the event, but the Transportation Security Administration said that the customer in possession of the box cutter had been involved in a disturbance.
“The cockpit was secure and passengers were deplaned at ATL. The flight was cancelled after the FBI and Atlanta Police Department reacted to the situation and got the suspect into custody.”
The suspect supplied two backpacks and “other loose things” for inspection before the flight, which were examined using “CT technology, which provides a 3-D image that can be rotated 360 degrees for a thorough study.” The person who was in charge of inspecting the suspect’s possessions didn’t make full use of the technology.
The CT operator did not recognise the box cutters, but his property was noted for a further inspection, the TSA said in a statement on Sunday. “One box cutter was found during the search.”
The box cutter’s visible blades were taken out before it was returned to the passenger, in violation of “standard operating procedure,” which calls for these things to be put in checked luggage or voluntarily abandoned.
The government claimed that although the other box cutter and the rest of the traveler’s property were examined for explosives, the box cutter was not found.
At this moment, it’s unclear what accusations the suspect is up against.
The FBI, FAA, and US Attorney’s Office are currently looking into the event.
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