Irresponsible Knife Owner of the Day: Enchilada con Cuchillo Edition

The TSA found this knife rolled inside an enchilada in a woman’s carry-on luggage.

I admit that I don’t always stay up to date with the latest in carry-on restrictions from the TSA.  I seldom fly, but when I do I avoid bringing much more than an iPad and a book. While I lament the idiocy of banning knives from planes, I have better things to do with my life than risk a confrontation with a bunch of TSA sycophants.

Not everyone is quite so smart.  An alert agent at the Sonoma Airport recently discovered this 8″ knife rolled inside an enchilada a woman was attempting to bring aboard a plane in her carry-on luggage.

From Consumerist:

“A Transportation Security Administration officer at the Sonoma Airport said he found a knife with an over eight-inch long blade tucked inside an enchilada in a female passenger’s carry-on bag, reports

That made for quite a gory looking photo, but don’t worry — the red stuff is just sauce. In any case, it’s very much against TSA rules to bring blades that length on a plane.

The woman was on her way to catch an Alaska Airlines flight, and said she had no idea how the knife got in there.”

“This item turned out to be an eight-and-a-half inch knife that was inside of a wrapped enchilada,” explained a TSA spokesman. “The woman said she had made the enchilada over the weekend and she really didn’t know how the knife got into the bag.”

She was eventually cleared for travel, but could be facing a fine if the TSA decides to issue one. Fines for concealed items can range up to $10,000, but the agency usually works it out with the passenger to avoid fees.”

Knife containing or not, I didn’t believe that enchiladas were on the list of approved carry-on items.


  1. Sam L. says:

    Enchiladas make GREAT sheaths! You can eat and pick your teeth at the same time! Better for a stainless steel than a carbon steel knife, though.

  2. boardsnbikes says:

    “…said she had no idea how the knife got in there”

    Tequila. Always blame tequila.

  3. Matt in FL says:

    Enchiladas are allowed, just don’t try to get on board with a calzone. We’re only offering amnesty to those from south of the border at the present time.

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Irresponsible Knife Owner of the Day: Enchilada con Cuchillo Edition

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