A security breach at Tampa International Airport allowed a passenger with a knife in his carry-on bag to get on board a plane Sunday before police arrested him.
The man, who authorities say inadvertently carried on the weapon, is movie producer Philippe Francois Martinez.
A family member who answered the phone at his Clearwater home Sunday said the incident 'was a big mistake.'
The woman, who declined to identify herself, said Martinez was unavailable to comment because he was traveling.
Around 6:45 a.m., Transportation Security Administration personnel noticed the knife during a security screening and alerted airport police, said airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan.
But when officers searched the bag, they did not find the knife. They discovered they had detained the wrong passenger.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
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