Woman boards plane with 3-inch knife TWICE but TSA plays it down because explosives are ‘biggest threat’

July 18th, 2011 by Staff

www.dailymail.co.uk – An Indianapolis woman was shocked to discover she had been able to board a plane with a three-inch knife in her carry-on bag not once, but twice.

Sara Gallienne had not realised the blade was in her luggage until she got home.

But that hadn’t stopped her successfully carrying it through TSA checkpoints at both Richmond and Providence, Rhode Island.

The TSA has seemingly played down the incident saying its greatest focus needs to be on explosives rather than blades.

This despite evidence to suggest that some of the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks may have been carrying Leatherman-style utility knives.

‘We continue to take the discovery of knives and other prohibited items seriously, however, in today’s post-9/11 security environment, intelligence tells us our officers’ greatest focus needs to be on the biggest threat to aviation security today – explosives and explosive components,’ TSA said in the statement.

The news comes just days after a Department of Homeland Security report revealed there have been more than 25,000 security breaches at U.S. airports since 9/11.

Fourteen thousand of those people have made their way into sensitive areas and more than 6,000 people have made it past screeners without proper scrutiny, according to the report.

That is an average of slightly more than five security breaches a year at each of the 457 commercial airports, and ‘these are just the ones we know about,’ said Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is overseeing a congressional hearing on security shortcomings.

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