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Dulles Airport Passenger Fined $1,000 for Concealing Knife

Thomas W. Brown, of Sterling, VA, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, to a $1,000 fine and 1 year’s special probation for attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed knife and violating security procedures at Dulles International Airport on October 13, 2001. Brown was arrested on October 13 by a DOT OIG special agent who was monitoring security checkpoints at Dulles in response to Secretary Mineta’s Zero-Tolerance Policy for aviation security lapses. Brown pleaded guilty on November 14 to the criminal charges. During probation, he is not allowed to possess any dangerous weapons.