Patels got face weapons charges for carrying 20 steak knives
through Airport security
Atlanta, Oct. 02, 2007
Two Patels, Chhaganbhai Patel, 60 and Shakarabhai Patel, 64 were
traveling together to India face state weapons charges after one
was stopped at a security screening point with a folding knife and
20 steak knives in his carry-on luggage.
His traveling companion was pulled from a flight and found with
a razor blade in his possession. Shakarabhai Patel also carried
$5,000 in cash. Interestingly and surprised, why several old-fashioned
razor blades in their original wrappers concealed in the battery
compartment of a toy car when Chhaganbhai Patel passed through a
security screening gate.
Both Patels were booked on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta
to JFK in New York and then a connecting flight to Mumbai, India.
TSA spokesman said:
- On October 25, the Delta Air Line, 4 p.m. flight was delayed
about five hours after the incident because passengers were removed
from the plane and re screened "out of an abundance of caution."
- This is a serious breach of security at Hartsfield-Jackson International
- Chhaganbhai Patel has been charged with a misdemeanor for carrying
a concealed weapon.
- Shakarabhai Patel has been charged with a felony in connection
with having prohibited items on or around an aircraft.
- No federal charges were filed, and the men could be kicked out
of the country before they are prosecuted by the state.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agent said we
are coordinating with local prosecutors and police investigators
to determine the men's fate. We may consider one option, simply
to deport them without pursuing the charges any further because
their visas had also expired.
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