Columbia man detained at airport for attempting to take knives on plane

David Lee Angell was detained at airport for attempting to take knives on plane, officials say.
David Lee Angell was detained at airport for attempting to take knives on plane, officials say.(Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 11:55 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Columbia man was detained at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport after he attempted to take stun guns, smoke grenades, knives, and pepper spray on a plane.

David Lee Angell was charged with knowingly and willfully entering an airport area in violation of security requirements.

During a court hearing, an FBI special agent testified that Angell was stopped at TSA for screening prior to attempting to board a plane at CAE Airport.

TSA agents say during the screening, his carry-on baggage alerted agents of prohibited items.

During a search throughout the carry-on, officials found three smoke grenades, one set of plastic stun knuckles, three stun batons, two knives, and two cans of pepper spray.

Angell has been detained after a contested bond hearing in federal court in Columbia.

As a result of the federal charge, Angell could face up to a maximum term of imprisonment of one year.

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