Passenger Pleads Guilty To Violating Airport Security

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A passenger who told a radio talk show audience that he made it through airport security with a 5-inch knife pleaded guilty on Friday to knowingly violating aircraft and airport security.

Robert Hedrick, 38, of Delaware, entered the plea to the misdemeanor charge before U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley. He faces up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. A sentencing date was not scheduled.

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

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

After arriving in Pittsburgh on the US Airways Express flight, Hedrick called radio station WTVN talk show host John Corby and told him he was surprised he got through the checkpoint. 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. Hedrick was arrested when he arrived in Columbus.

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