Woman Caught at Reagan National With Foot-Long Knife

Tried to carry three blades through security checkpoint

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:59 PM EDT
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A woman flying through Reagan National was stopped at a security checkpoint for having three bladed weapons in her carry-on bag.

The TSA said the woman, a Fresno resident flying back to California, had a 12-inch machete-like knife in a sheath, as well as two smaller blades identified as throwing knives.

TSA officers stopped the woman and took away her knives.  The woman was cited on a local charge, and then allowed to get on a plane and fly back to California.

The TSA reminds airline passengers that weapons are not permitted in carry-on baggage.  The agency now provides a free mobile app to help passengers decide what to leave at home, called "Can I Bring It?" It's available for download at their website or on iTunes.

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