Flight Diverted After Passenger Found With Box Cutter: TSA

A flight headed to Tampa, Florida, was diverted to Atlanta, Georgia, after a passenger was found to have a box cutter, according to the airline and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

A Frontier Airlines spokesperson said “a passenger on board the aircraft was observed in possession of a box cutter” and that the passenger was later “taken into custody by Atlanta law enforcement.”

The flight was coming from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Other passengers were offered a new flight Saturday morning to Tampa. No injuries were reported.

Box cutters are banned from U.S. commercial flights, according to the TSA.

According to multiple outlets, the TSA said the plane was diverted around 9:30 p.m. Friday “after a disturbance involving a disruptive passenger, in possession of a box cutter was declared.”

TSA said in a statement on Saturday that the plane was diverted around 9:30 p.m. “after a disturbance involving a disruptive passenger, in possession of a box cutter was declared.”

The TSA also said a second box cutter was found in the person’s carry-on luggage.

Lillian Hoffman, a passenger, told NBC News that when the unidentified suspect went to the restroom, the person who was sitting beside them told her that they had a knife and was “threatening to stab people.”

“So, I went up to talk to the flight attendants in the front of the airplane,” Hoffman told the station. “They ended up telling me that they were going to land the plane immediately and we were down in 20 minutes.”

Atlanta police said the FBI is leading the investigation into the incident.

Mimi Nguyen Ly


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