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Box Cutter Suspect Charged, Released

A college student who said he hid box cutters and other banned items on two airliners in an act of “civil disobedience” to expose weaknesses in U.S. security was charged with a federal crime Monday, and a prosecutor said he committed a “very serious and foolish action.” Nathaniel Heatwole, 20, was charged with taking a dangerous weapon aboard an aircraft. He was released without bail for a preliminary hearing Nov. 10. According to authorities, he told federal agents he went through normal security procedures at airports in Baltimore and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Once aboard, he said, he hid the banned items in compartments in the planes’ rear lavatories. Heatwole sent an e-mail to federal authorities in mid-September saying he had put the items aboard two specific Southwest Airlines flights. But the objects were not found until last week — five weeks later. Full Story

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