Knife Hidden In Enchilada Found By Security At Sonoma Airport

Enchilada Turns Into Airport Security Threat

It looked like a hungry passenger's lunch, but enchiladas carried through security at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. contained more than just rice, beans and a delicious sauce, according to the TSA.

1/2 #TSA @IFlyOAKland found this in the carry on bag of @AlaskaAir passenger this a.m. Looks like homemade enchiladas

— TSAmedia_NicoM (@TSAmedia_NicoM) April 14, 2014

Stashed inside it was an 8.5-inch knife:

2/2 hidden inside the enchiladas, this 8.5 inch #knife. LEOs responded, and cleared passenger.

— TSAmedia_NicoM (@TSAmedia_NicoM) April 14, 2014

The TSA later sent a separate tweet stating that the knife was found in the Sonoma airport, not Oakland.

"The woman said she had made the enchilada over the weekend and she really didn't know how the knife got into the bag," TSA spokesman Nico Melendez told KTVU.

SF Weekly identified the sauce as mole, but the passenger herself has not been named.

She was questioned by sheriff's deputies, who eventually cleared her for travel, but this may not be the end of her journey, legally speaking. The TSA could hit her with a penalty of up to $10,000.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this report stated that the knife was found in an enchilada at Oakland International Airport. As noted, the TSA initially identified the wrong airport. This story has been updated to reflect the TSA's correction.

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