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Frontier flight to Tampa diverted when passenger found with box cutter

The plane diverted to Atlanta, where law enforcement took the passenger into custody.
Frontier Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport earlier this year. A Frontier flight to Tampa was diverted Friday night after a passenger was found with a box cutter, according to the airline.
Frontier Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport earlier this year. A Frontier flight to Tampa was diverted Friday night after a passenger was found with a box cutter, according to the airline. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Nov. 12, 2022|Updated Nov. 12, 2022

A Frontier Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Tampa on Friday night was rerouted to Atlanta after a passenger on the plane was discovered to have a box cutter in his possession.

The flight took off from Cincinnati at 7:24 p.m., according to Frontier’s website. It was rerouted about 9:30 p.m., said Patricia Mancha, a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson.

The FBI and the Atlanta Police Department detained the suspect, she said. Investigators found a second box cutter in the man’s carry-on bag, according to Mancha. The Transportation Security Administration is conducting an internal review of the incident.

“TSA takes its role in transportation security very seriously,” Mancha said in a statement.

No passengers or crew members were injured, said Frontier spokesperson Jennifer de la Cruz.

“All passengers deplaned the aircraft and were provided overnight hotel accommodations in Atlanta,” she said in a statement.

The flight arrived in Tampa at 10:35 this morning, said Tampa International Airport spokesperson Emily Nipps.

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where the flight originated, did not plan to release a statement Saturday, spokesperson Mindy Kershner said.