Surge in Credit Card Knives at Airports

About a week ago, Matt Holden of Security Today enlightened us with a list of items that the TSA had recently confiscated, most humors, perhaps, was bear repellent spray. Included in Holden’s list was also credit card knives, in which the TSA is currently seeing a surge in this new, harder-to-detect weapon.

Surge in Credit Card Knives at AirportsIt looks like a thick credit card, but once the blade is folded out, it transforms into a knife with the remaining section of the card snapping together to form the shape of a handle. According to the L.A. Times and Ross Feinstein, spokesman for the TSA, this year, the TSA has discovered 491 credit card knives on passengers, averaging about 20 per week.

Where are people getting these little weapons? Apparently, they are sold online from various retailers ranging in price from $4 to $15. Taken from Iain Sinclair’s website, a British manufacturer of credit card knives detailing one of its products, “Cardsharp was originally designed as a lightweight surgical knife that can be easily transported and safely disposed of by hospitals and medical centers together with paramedics and aid workers without needing expensive and wasteful sharps containers.”

This use case makes sense. Isn’t it crazy how people can turn products created for good uses into weapons?

About the Author

Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.

Featured

  • Security Today Launches 2023 Government Security Awards

    Security Today is proud to announce the launch of the 2023 Government Security Awards. The Govies honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. For this year’s awards program, participants can choose from 38 different categories to enter their product(s) into. Read Now

  • City Safe Partners Announces Scholarship Program for Dependents of Full-Time Employees

    • Guard Services
  • Back to the Basics

    Back to the Basics

    Security is a continuous evolution of practices and procedures. The developments in technology and advancements in threats make security difficult at times. Although security from one location may look different from another location, there is a common goal applied to security measures. The common goal is protection. Read Now

  • The Top Three Security Trends in 2023

    The Top Three Security Trends in 2023

    As security technology has become more widely used, the interest in new capabilities and increased security measures has increased. As we head into 2023, these three trends will shape the security landscape. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • SecureAuth

    SecureAuth

    The acceleration of digital transformation initiatives as a result of COVID-19 has created a lasting impact on how businesses empower their workforce and engage customers. 3

  • LenelS2 BlueDiamond™ mobile app

    enelS2 has introduced its Indoor Location subscription-based service for businesses and other organizations using LenelS2’s BlueDiamond™ mobile app version 2.1.8 for smartphones. 3

  • BriefCam v6.0

    BriefCam v6.0

    BriefCam has released BriefCam v6.0, which introduces the new deployment option of a multi-site architecture. This enables businesses with multiple, distributed locations to view aggregate data from all remote sites to uncover trends across locations, optimize operations and boost real-time alerting and response – all while continuing to reap the benefits of BriefCam's powerful analytics platform for making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable. 3