EAST ELMHURST, Queens — A knife “artfully concealed” in a Connecticut man’s wheelchair has been located at a LaGuardia Airport checkpoint, the TSA said Thursday.
The New Haven man was undergoing a screening before boarding his Atlanta-bound flight Wednesday morning when a Transportation Security Administration officer detected a hidden object, officials said.
The sharp 8-inch folding knife was then allegedly found concealed inside the seat cushion of the man’s wheelchair.
The man claimed he is a fisherman and had misplaced the knife, “which somehow had found its way into the cushion of the wheelchair in such a way that it was only accessible after a portion of the chair was disassembled,” the TSA said.
The man was cited on state weapons charges, and after a thorough screening of himself and the chair, was allowed to board the flight.
The TSA provided an image of the knife, but was unable to depict the wheelchair or where the weapon was located.
The man was one of some 2 million passengers the TSA screens every day, the agency said.
Back in February, two other LaGuardia passengers were detained when they attempted to board a plane with a hidden straight-edged razor and blade.