Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tampa: Muslim man caught trying to bring 7-inch Knife onto plane

TAMPA - Federal authorities have charged a 24-year-old man with trying to bring a seven-inch knife aboard a plane at Tampa International Airport.

Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif was arrested June 4 as he tried to board US Airways flight 1077 to Phoenix and Portland, Ore., according to a criminal complaint.

During the screening process, an officer spotted a large chef’s knife in one of Alsaif’s bags, the complaint states. The knife was concealed between the outside fabric and the expandable pull handles of the bag.

Alsaif told officers a friend had given him the bag, and he was unaware of the contents. But authorities interviewed the friend, who denied owning the bag or giving it to Alsaif….