Credit card knife seizures increase at airports

A PASSENGER attempting to jet off from Rockhampton Airport with a credit card knife in their luggage early this morning added to a growing number of like seizures across the nation.

While the passenger continued on their journey and was allowed to board their flight, Australian Federal Police are alarmed the rate of credit card knife seizures is 20 times higher than in 2014.

The AFP are reminding passengers credit card knives are prohibited items and are "appealing to the common sense of the travelling public" not to pack them in their luggage.

"You wouldn't try to put a kitchen knife in your wallet or purse, so why carry a credit card knife," AFP's acting national manager aviation Sharon Cowden said in a statement.

"If you carry a credit card knife, you will be caught and you will face court, and the penalties for carrying a concealed prohibited item are serious."

Investigations into today's incident are continuing.

 

Penalties

Possessing a knife in a public place in Queensland without a reasonable excuse can attract penalties of fines in excess of $4700 or one year in prison



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