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Seniors Arrested for carrying KNIVES

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Jan 11, 2002
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - (AP) -- Three passengers in their 70s were arrested and later released in separate incidents at Palm Beach International Airport for allegedly trying to board flights while carrying knives.

Security screeners found the knives in carry-on luggage during routine checks early Wednesday, airport sheriff's deputies said.

Authorities charged each traveler with carrying a concealed weapon, a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to a year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine. The FBI declined to press federal charges.

According to sheriff's records, Harold Shepard, 71, of New York, told deputies he was not carrying knives. Officers said they arrested Shepard after finding a knife with a 7 ½-inch blade in a box that was taped shut. He was later released from jail on $250 bond.

In the other incidents, Elizabeth Napleton, 76, of Illinois, and Stanley Reinhart, 79, of California, were issued notices to appear in court and allowed to board their flights. Authorities did not release their hometowns.

Napleton told deputies that she had meant to check the briefcase containing the knives, but later decided to bring it on the plane, authorities said.

Reinhart was stopped while carrying a steak knife with a 5-inch blade packed in his shaving kit, authorities said. Reinhart said he had just driven across the country and had kept the knife to cut his food while he was staying in hotels.

They should have said that they were carrying knives to kill the terrorists! Duh! ;)

After reading about all the people stopped, arrested, detained, etc., after 9/11, you would think people would have the brains to leave knives at home.

It doesn't matter if its a 5 or 95 yr old. They know its wrong and the police are just doing their job. If they started letting people over a certain age go, you can be pretty sure the next hijacking is going to be a dozen 75yr old al Queda retirees.
Hell, seniors can be pretty brutal!

Try cutting one off in the line for the chef-sliced meats at Golden Corral and experience grandpa's kung-fu grip.

Huzzah! Aeeeeigh!

Or mention cutting social security...

Qwahhhh! High-YAH!


I walked through security several weeks ago on my way to WIA in Nashville carrying a Leatherman and a big pocket knife set.

The irony was that these were gifts from Delta and Comair.

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