Passenger tries to board flight with a hammer


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 11:44 p.m.
A woman about to fly out of the Gainesville Regional Airport last week had to leave something behind- a hammer in her carry-on bag found by transportation security screeners.
The hammer showed up in the X-ray machine, said Frank Stagl, deputy federal security director assigned to Gainesville's airport. The woman brought it because she was going to help a relative with repairs, but it's still a no-no, he said.
Security screeners also have discovered knife sets, box cutters and even a switchblade hidden in a cigarette lighter. A screener carefully inspected a cigarette lighter a woman had in her pocket. He found a button on the lighter that popped out a switchblade when pressed, Stagl said.
A list of prohibited and dangerous items can be found online at www.tsa.gov.cq Local travelers can also call the checkpoint supervisor at (352) 514-3430.
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