TSA issues statement after CVG flight to Atlanta hijacked after passenger found with box cutter

TSA issues statement after CVG flight to Atlanta hijacked after passenger found with box cutter

The Transportation Security Administration released a statement after a flight from Cincinnati to Tampa was diverted to Atlanta on Friday after a passenger boarded with a box cutter. The flight, Frontier Airlines Flight 1761, was hijacked after a witness saw a passenger with a cutter box. Passengers say the man threatened to stab someone on board. According to the TSA statement, the man – who has not been identified – had an Ohio temporary driver’s license and two backpacks. Officials say the cutters were not identified by CCTV imagery, but the property of the man has been identified for further investigation, where the cutter was found. The TSA said the visible blades were removed from the cutter and the cutter was returned. to the passenger, saying this is against standard operating procedure, which would include placing items in checked baggage or voluntary abandonment. search procedures.” TSA adds “shift briefings” on the incident for all CVG and Kentucky employees. The plane landed safely in Atlanta and the passenger in question was taken into custody by officers, a Frontier spokesperson said. The plane took off from CVG around 7:23 p.m. and landed in Atlanta just before 9 p.m., officials said. All passengers were discharged from the plane and are placed in a hotel for the night. WLWT received footage of the incident from a witness on the plane. The man was being held by federal authorities in Atlanta. The full TSA statement can be read below. or can be seen in this Twitter thread.On Friday, November 11, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m. EST, a male traveler approached the TSA checkpoint at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG ) with a ticket for a flight to Tampa International Airport (TPA). provided identification, including a temporary Ohio driver’s license, and upon review proceeded to a physical check. He presented two backpacks and submitted other loose items in a bin for property control. The property was examined using CT technology which creates a 3D image that can be rotated 360 degrees for in-depth analysis. After review of the incident, including closed circuit television (CCTV), the CT’s image review capabilities were not fully utilized. The cutters have not been identified by the CT operator, but his ownership has been identified for further investigation. During the search, a cutter was discovered. The visible blades were removed from the cutter and handed over to the passenger. This is contrary to standard operating procedure which requires these items to be placed in checked or voluntarily abandoned baggage. The backpack containing the other box cutter and the rest of the traveler’s belongings were checked for explosives, but the box cutter was not discovered. TSA employees involved in this incident have been placed in a training status for remediation on CT image review and physical search procedures. The TSA is also holding incident briefings for all CVG and Kentucky State employees, with reminders on the proper disposal of box cutters and other contraband discovered during the search. Statewide refresher training is planned for CT image review, with an emphasis on using image rotation and manipulation tools for optimal detection. prohibited items.

The Transportation Security Administration released a statement after a flight from Cincinnati to Tampa was diverted to Atlanta on Friday after a passenger boarded with a box cutter.

The flight, Frontier Airlines Flight 1761, was hijacked after a witness saw a passenger with a box cutter. Passengers say the man threatened to stab someone on board.

According to the TSA statement, the man – who has not been identified – had an Ohio temporary driver’s license and two backpacks. Officials say the cutters were not identified by CCTV imagery, but the property of the man has been identified for further investigation, where the cutter was found.

The TSA said the visible blades were removed from the box cutter and the box cutter was returned to the passenger, saying this was against standard operating procedure, which would include items placed in checked baggage or intentionally abandoned.

Authorities say the TSA employees involved were “placed in a training status to remedy CT image review and physical search procedures.” The TSA is adding “shift briefings” on the incident for all CVG and Kentucky employees.

The plane landed safely in Atlanta and the passenger in question was taken into custody by officers, a Frontier spokesperson said.

The plane took off from CVG around 7:23 p.m. and landed in Atlanta just before 9 p.m., officials said.

All passengers have been disembarked from the plane and are staying at the hotel for the night. WLWT received footage of the incident from a witness on the plane.

The man was being held by federal authorities in Atlanta.

The full statement from the TSA can be read below or can be viewed in this thread on Twitter.

On Friday, November 11, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m. EST, a male traveler approached the TSA checkpoint at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) with a ticket for a flight to Tampa International Airport (TPA). The traveler provided identification, including a temporary Ohio driver’s license, and upon examination proceeded to a physical check.

He presented two backpacks and submitted other loose items in a bin for property control. The property was examined using CT technology which creates a 3D image that can be rotated 360 degrees for in-depth analysis.

Following review of the incident, including closed-circuit television (CCTV), the CT’s image review capabilities were not fully utilized.

The box cutters have not been identified by the CT operator, but his property has been identified for further investigation. During the search, a cutter was discovered.

The visible blades were removed from the cutter and handed over to the passenger. This is contrary to standard operating procedure which requires these items to be placed in checked or voluntarily abandoned baggage.

The backpack containing the other box cutter and the rest of the traveler’s belongings were checked for explosives, but the box cutter was not discovered. TSA employees involved in this incident have been placed in a training status for remediation on CT image review and physical search procedures.

The TSA is also holding incident briefings for all CVG and Kentucky State employees, with reminders on the proper disposal of box cutters and other contraband discovered during the search. Statewide refresher training is planned for CT image review, with an emphasis on using image rotation and manipulation tools for optimal detection.

Nationally, the TSA will issue a shift briefing for all screening employees on this incident with reminders on the use of technology tools and prohibited items.


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