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Tromsø Airport Langnes

Two security incidents test Tromsø airport

A man with a knife is held trying to get through security, and in a separate incident police let go a drug suspect.

A man was detained by security at Tromsø’s Langnes Airport yesterday after attempting to board a flight carrying a concealed weapon, commonly known as a ‘credit-card knife’, Norway Today reports.

In a report, police in the northerly Norwegian city said that on entering the security zone, the passenger was discovered with the illegal weapon. The man was issued a citation for a criminal charge, for illegally carrying a weapon in a public space.

“A credit-card knife is a knife that appears to be a credit-card; it’s illegal to attempt to introduce them into Norway,” airport representative Eirik Kileng told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

“This type of knife is regulated by the weapons act, and as a weapon it’s considered to be equal to a standard knife in terms of the penalty.”

He continued: “We don’t know what intent the man had for carrying the weapon. The knife was confiscated, the man was cited by police and then allowed to continue boarding the aircraft.”

Police error
One of the top five busiest airports in Norway, Langnes has been in the headlines this week on another occasion, and also for security reasons.

It was revealed that a man who had been stopped at the airport’s customs with 1.2 grams of marijuana and three bags with a total 50 grams of an ”unknown substance” on November 11 last year was handed over to police, according to procedure.

The police also took possession of two mobile phones and two knives. But after the man was put in a police car, the patrol received an important new mission with the message, “Let go of what you have and drive to an argument in Eidkjosen”, the local newspaper Nordlys reports.

As ordered, they released the man, and in a panic the police officers also gave the unknown substance back to the suspect.

“This was a special situation that was clearly not properly handled,” admits police chief Ole Bredrup.

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