Credit Card Knives Pose New Threats to Airport Security
The TSA is now being confronted with a new challenge in the battle to keep our airports secure: credit card knives. The small knife folds down into the shape of a standard credit card which easily fits into your wallet.
This year, the Transportation Security Administration has already recovered 520 credit card knives at 68 airports throughout the country.
The TSA issued a warning about these weapons in a weekly blog published in late June. The Oakland International Airport in particular is one of the top 10 airports for knife collections in the country, having already seized 19 credit card knives this year.
“There has been a surge in the last few months,” TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Tampa Bay Times. “Our officers are highly trained to detect threats to the aviation system, including knives such as credit card knives, which passengers have been bringing to the checkpoints in their wallets and carry-on bags.”
Credit card knives have been available for some time, but are now more accessible and affordable with online vendors. One of the most popular models is sold by Iain Sinclair, which also sells credit card flashlights and cameras.