Man Gets Community Service For Having Knife On Plane

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An airline passenger who told a radio talk show audience that he made it through airport security with a knife was sentenced Friday to 208 hours of community service.

Robert Hedrick, 38, of Delaware, pleaded guilty in June to knowingly violating aircraft and airport security.

U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley could have sentenced him to up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Hedrick was arrested Jan. 23 at Port Columbus International Airport.

He said he had cleared the security checkpoint in Greensboro, N.C., wearing a belt buckle that was actually a sheath holding a knife with a 3-inch blade.

After arriving in Pittsburgh on the US Airways Express flight, Hedrick called Columbus radio station WTVN and told talk show host John Corby that he was surprised he had not been stopped. He told authorities after his arrest that he didn't realize he had the knife until he went to the bathroom later.

Shortly after the call was broadcast, listeners began to call airport police, Columbus police and the FBI, according to an FBI statement.

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