LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers have found 13 knives in the carry-on luggage of a passenger attempting to board a flight in the Washington area.

TSA spokesman Kawika Riley says an officer operating an X-ray machine at Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport last week noticed something suspicious in the man’s luggage. A search turned up the knives, including switchblades and a butterfly knife.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman Sgt. Kirk Perez says Amr Gamal Shedid, 25, of Baltimore was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, interfering with security procedures and having an unauthorized weapon in an airport. He says Shedid, who was headed to Minnesota, stated that he collects knives.

Riley says officers often find knives and guns at checkpoints, but the number of weapons was unusual.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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