Salt Lake airplane passenger carried knife on board, made threats, police say

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  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:04 p.m.


    Of course Bush created it. Thankyou for reminding everyone that not only are the democrats hurting the country but the republicans aren't doing any better.

    So once again you have pointed out we need a third option, nothing would serve this amazing country better than the constitution party. Return this country to the greatness it once was.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    @EnglishAlan: Please tell me, in the history of the TSA, with the *millions* of passengers they have searched since 9/11, how many terrorists have they caught?



    What's that?

    ZERO. That's right, not a single one.

    If the TSA had caught one terrorist in its history I'd be willing to consider that their security screenings are necessary. However they have not, and we continue to fund them to the tune of some $8BILLION a year.

    Reality is the terrorists don't need to attack America anymore because they've already won. We changed the way we go about our daily business. We live in fear of our neighbors. The government used 9/11 as justification for the largest usurpation of constitutionally guaranteed civil rights in this nation's history. We've waged two decade-long wars that have literally bankrupted this nation, and the American sheeple are (for the most part) willing to take it all in stride.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Sept. 23, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Totally over the top comments again I see. Take the number of passengers flying each year, and the amount of flights per year, and we hear a story of ONE knife that gets through. Immediately, the agency responsible gets vilified and should be abolished? Get real people. Let's take how well you do your job, and compare it. Would you come out 100% efficient? "Yes," you say? "I don't believe you," I say.

    I am not perfect in my job, and neither is anyone else. How many items have been found by this agency over the years? It seems that quite a few of you have had items confiscated. How many potential risks have been removed that we never hear of? How many plots have been foiled? We don't know, but we know of ONE that gets through, and people with obvious agendas against their "freedom" being restricted crawl out of the woodwork to use this as a reason why all security searches should be stopped. I'm sorry, but I fly often with my work, and to the States to visit my family members there. I feel much safer that there are folks searching for potential terrorists.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    I seriously thought we couldn't find 25 people smart enough to see the ABUSE
    of power that the cronies in Washington a usurping from the WE the people.

    This brings a tear to thought as people are finally waking up to the sad sorry state were in.

    Thank you for waking up, thank-you for speaking out, the abuses of the TSA need to STOP.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    I'm wondering when carry-on items will be banned and we'll all have to fly in bright orange government issued jumpsuits that we'll have to change into as part of the security process. Seems to me if nobody could bring anything external on board and everyone had to wear the same thing we wouldn't have to worry about anything getting through security.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Also, about the TSA...


    'The TSA was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young in the United States House of Representatives[2] and Ernest Hollings in the Senate,[3] passed by the 107th U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001.'
    - Wikipedia

    Republicans are about 'limited goverment?'


  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    I have had a inch and a quarter finger nail clippers confiscated no blade or sharp edges on it of more and a quarter of an inch. And this man brings on a 3 and a half inch blade? What else is TSA missing at the check point. Is this just a dog and pony show?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Will all baby food now have to be re-strained by the TSA?

  • motomania Colorado City, CO
    Sept. 22, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    I don't see where he threatened "retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer by threat of murder."
    He was quoted as saying,
    "Your days are not long," (everyone's days are numbered)
    "It's a shotgun in the chest," (not necessarily lethal)
    "I'll pull your eyeballs out," (survivable as well)
    "It will give me a lot of pleasure to see you again, but you won't see me, bucko." (could have many different meanings, sounds kinda dirty)

    At least that charge should be dropped, hold him accountable for the rest.

  • Squid SAN JOSE, CA
    Sept. 21, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Just another example of the FINE JOB that the TSA is doing. What a joke...

  • usafmsgt BIRMINGHAM, AL
    Sept. 21, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    A GERBER knife? He must have smuggled it aboard in a jar of strained peas.

  • howdydoody FORT TOWSON, OK
    Sept. 21, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    This whole 'security' issue with the DHS/TSA doesn't make sense. Average Americans are being singled out, made an example of, so as to send a clear message from a behemoth authoritarian government, 'shut up and put have no other choice'. We did not have the DHS or TSA before 9-11. And the job they are doing merits their demise. What a waste of taxpayer dollars (again). It is obvious that this government has compromised our way of life, our dignity and any security we thought we had in favor of subjugating us. And this man slipping under the radar with a 3-1/2" knife tucked neatly inside his carry-on is another aggregious example that when government is in charge, we are all at risk.

    Sept. 21, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    The TSA is about creating a government Gestapo service consisting of 40,000 Public UNION members and little else. I mean in 5 years they haven't caught a single potential terrorist.
    After the shoe bomber they decided it was wise to make everyone take off their shoes. After the underwear bomber they decided for full body pat downs. In the mean time this passenger walks aboard with a knife.

    This agency is a farcical violation of American citizens 4th Amendment Rights

    Sept. 21, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Abolish the TSA immediately, they're good at fondling little children or humiliating senior citizen cancer victims but pahleez you actually think they're going to find a knife in someones bags?

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    @Paulie4: It's all done to create an *illusion* of safety, to help the sheeple feel that their government is doing as much as it can to keep them protected. It is not stopping anyone who is truly determined.

    Israel, a nation that has a real problem with terrorism, does not employ body scanners in their airports because there are well known and documented ways to get around them.

    If intelligent Americans really want to be concerned about safety, start with worrying about the hundreds of miles where our southern border is nothing but a barbed-wire fence. That fence is the only thing preventing someone from building a bomb in one of the many lawless Mexican border towns and walking it across to the US in a backpack. Get in a car, make the short drive to any number of major cities (Dallas, Phoenix, LA, even Vegas), and set it off. I consider us very fortunate that it hasn't happened yet.

  • AT Prospect, KY
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Give more $ to the TSA - they'll make us safe. Maybe, the guy smuggled the knife in a body cavity. Opting out of a pornoscan shouldn't be an option - unless the TSA agent has permission to give you a body cavity search.

    I mean, really, we can't be guaranteed safety until going through security becomes a complete and total submission to the will of the state.

    Please TSA, do something, anything, to make us safe again. Pppplllleeeeaaassseee.

  • rainy PHOENIX, AZ
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    The TSA is not about the protection of the people. It's about the training of the people, especially the children. They will grow up considering this normal routine.

  • Codynav OREM, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    I call shenanigans.

    My honest and firm belief is our government is fabricating incidents like these to accommodate their malevolent agendas for us.

  • info_bomber GEORGETOWN, TX
    Sept. 21, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    daveh: "If only we had an agency responsible for making sure knifes dont get on planes, I imagine for only a few billion per year this agency could claim to keep us safe...someone should get on that!"

    The T.S.A., that obviously is more about "slave training and forcing the public to submit to public humiliation" than about security. WAKE UP PEOPLE what you are being told about things is not the whole truth.

  • paulie4 AUBURN, WA
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    I flew out of Seattle last Sunday and was subjected to a pat-down when I declined the full body scanner. My feeling after the pat-down was, Youve GOT to be kidding me! Anyone could sneak a small weapon past TSA. TSA is security theater and nothing more. Our real defense in the skies are our fellow passengers.

  • LostDude25 OMAHA, NE
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Are you kidding me? So the TSA missed the 3 1/2 inch knife in the guys bag....Hmm, its just like saying "Hey Terrorist, they doesn't check for knives in SLC!"

  • Paul Kersey SEATTLE, WA
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    I have had similar run ins with those who would covet my armrest.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    All these billions spent on "airline security" are doing a whole lot of good, aren't they?

    Passenger screening as it is now is a complete joke and a waste of money. They're so busy looking for "terrorists" that stuff like this slips through the cracks. If they would focus less on cavity searching people for explosives and do a more thorough job of checking carry-on bags things like this wouldn't happen.

  • Linda A Orem, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    I think the TSA agents are the ones who should be facing felony charges for MISSING A KNIFE! My daughter had to trow out a brand new tube of toothpaste (because it exceeded the 3 oz.)! The TSA is, and always will be, a complete joke that has done NOTHING to protect us, but everything to take away our rights. ABOLISH THEM NOW!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    1) How did he get a knife on the plane?
    2) Why did they call the Salt Lake City Police Department?

  • daveh FAIRMONT, WV
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    If only we had an agency responsible for making sure knifes dont get on planes, I imagine for only a few billion per year this agency could claim to keep us safe...someone should get on that!

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    I can't bring mascara on a plane, but this dude can bring a KNIFE!

    Wow...I think I'll drive.

  • kiapolo Provo, MA
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Another shining example of the glorious TSA protecting our skies and airports.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    As I have stated many times, full body cavity searches DON't Stop people from bringing things onto a plane.

    If someone wants to do it they will find a way.