US Airport Security Fails to Spot Knife on New Jersey-bound Flight

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scanners failed to spot yet another knife when a pharmaceutical businessman carried a five-inch ceramic blade onto a flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, N.J., according to sources cited Sunday in the New York Post.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scanners failed to spot yet another knife when a pharmaceutical businessman carried a five-inch ceramic blade onto a flight from Puerto Rico to Newark, N.J., according to sources cited Sunday in the New York Post.

After the agents missed the blade Friday in Puerto Rico, scanners in Newark spotted it as 48-year-old Victor Torres-Rivera went through screening before his trip home to Puerto Rico.

Sources said Torres-Rivera told them that he carried the knife for protection and simply forgot that it was in a day planner.

The Pfizer employee was not believed to be a terror threat, but he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor weapon possession, sources said.

The TSA did not immediately comment.

"Mr. Torres-Rivera, who was released ... is cooperating fully with law enforcement," a Pfizer spokesman said.

The missed knife came after a series of incidents in the past few months at New York-area airports, including a man who carried a small stash of box cutters onto a plane.

Read more on this story from The New York Post.

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