A passenger at Lynchburg Regional Airport had a ceramic dagger disguised as a hairbrush in her carry-on bag Sunday, authorities said.
Transportation Security Administration officials stopped the female passenger at 10:50 a.m. when they detected the blade.
The woman voluntarily surrendered the dagger.
The dagger was several inches long, had an “ice-pick style blade” and was not metallic.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said standard procedure in these situations is to notify the airport law enforcement authority to assess the passenger. In this case, the passenger was not arrested.
She said when prohibited items are found at checkpoints, like the dagger, the checkpoint does not need to close. Dankers said there were no delays and no impact on the Lynchburg airport’s operations Sunday.
The passenger was ticketed to fly to Charlotte.
TSA has the ability to administer civil penalties against passengers who bring weapons to airport checkpoints.