Long Island Man, Timothy Schiavo, Arrested At JKF Airport After Trying To Board Flight With Knives
Oct 20, 2013 03:06 PM EDT
A man from Long Island was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) after trying to board a flight with knives and scissors on Saturday, the New York Daily News reported.
Authorities arrested Timothy Schiavo, 29, after officials discovered more than a dozen knives -- including an illegal trench knife attached to a set of brass knuckles -- in addition to five pairs of scissors, more than a dozen lighters, a lighter that looked like a handgun, matchbooks and a container of pub pretzel mix in the bag he attempted to get through the screening station at 2:30 p.m.
Schiavo, of Patchogue, admitted to owning all of the materials and claimed he was a knife collector as officials began questioning him, who eventually charged him with criminal possession of a weapon.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules, passengers are allowed to fly with knives and/or scissors but they must be packed away in stored luggage instead of carry-ons.
Additionally, all lighters are banned from flights.
Josephine Prybyzerski, the man's mother, said her son has a developmental disability and his completely harmless. She also said he was planning on starting a new life in North Carolina, where his sister lives.
It is not clear if Schiavo has an attorney and he has not commented on the case yet.
The investigation is ongoing.
In September, an electrician working at JFK found a machine gun in a terminal area, raising questions and security concerns among officials and passengers.
While authorities immediately began investigating how they gun made it's way into the terminal, they were "not even slightly" concerned that it was part of a larger plot.