Alexandria man stopped at Reagan Airport with 23 weapons

A few of the folding blade knives, a dagger and a switchblade were among the many weapons caught in a traveler’s carry-on bag by TSA officers at DCA on May 4. (Courtesy TSA)
Several of the knives that TSA officers detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at DCA on May 4. (Courtesy TSA)
Disposable scalpels were among a stash of weapons in a man’s carry-on bag that were detected by TSA officers at Reagan National on May 4. (Courtesy TSA)
Three martial arts throwing knives were among the 22 weapons pulled from a man’s carry-on bag by TSA officers at DCA on May 4. (Courtesy TSA)
A TSA officer picks up a knife, one of many weapons that were detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at DCA on May 4. (Courtesy TSA)

Authorities said Thursday that an Alexandria, Virginia, man was stopped and cited at Reagan National Airport with 23 weapons — including knives, disposable scalpels and brass knuckles.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, the man’s carry-on bag had:

  • Nine disposable scalpels;
  • Eight folding locking-blade knives;
  • Three martial arts throwing knives;
  • One dagger;
  • One switchblade;
  • One pair of brass knuckles.

It goes without saying — yet here we are — that you can’t bring any of those on an airplane.

The man was stopped after the security checkpoint’s X-ray machine found the weapons. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police responded and issued the man a citation.

“When passengers have prohibited items among their carry-on items, it slows down the screening process,” John Busch, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport, said in a statement. “Travelers play a role in the efficiency of checkpoint screening by knowing what should and should not be packed in a carry-on bag.”

He added that fliers should use the myTSA app, which has a “Can I bring?” feature.

“Even in the sometimes chaotic environment of the screening checkpoints, the TSA officers at our airport do an amazing job every day by keeping dangerous items out of the aircraft cabin,” Busch said. “It’s important to acknowledge them and the significance of their mission.”

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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