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Security Lapses Continue At Area Airports

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A TSA baggage screener (credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Security screeners at local airports still have trouble detecting blades.

The New York Post reported that a Florida mother passed through security at Newark Liberty Airport with a steak knife in her 1-year-old son’s carriage.

Evelyn Freay, 37, told Transportation Security Administration agents about the blade, and thought that her mother packed it with an apple for their return flight, according to the Post.

The Post said security personnel took the blade and that Freay was not charged.

According to TSA regulations, knives that are not plastic or round-bladed butter knives are not allowed in carry-ons. They must be checked before boarding a flight. Ice picks, meat cleavers, razor blades, some scissors, and swords also fall under that category.

TSA agents at JFK Airport also saw their share of security lapses. Several agents recently faced discipline and extra training after failing to spot three box cutters in a passenger’s carry-on.

A passenger brought the blades onto a JetBlue plane. They fell out when he put his case in the overhead bin.

Port Authority police brought their canine unit onto the plane to sniff for explosives and every passenger had to be rescreened, following that lapse.

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