A man found with a trench knife and several other blades in his carry-on bag was arrested Saturday at JFK Airport. Timothy Schiavo, 29, was also carrying several pairs of scissors, a number of lighters and matches. A trench knife has metal knuckles on the handle of the blade. He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
On Thursday, a man from a Texas town called Gun Barrel City was caught with a loaded revolver in his carry-on bag at LaGuardia Airport. Security officers noticed the handgun as Douglas White went through security screening.
In related news, the FBI announced Friday it has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead a probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport last week.
The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to arrests in the Tuesday-evening attacks.
The first attack occurred when a Shuttle America cockpit was illuminated by a green laser that appeared to originate about a half-mile west of the Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The second incident occurred three hours later, when a private aircraft reported a green laser as it headed over the Triborough Bridge.