BOX CUTTER BOY
A North Carolina college student will face federal felony charges of carrying a prohibited item onto an airplane in connection with box cutters found on two Southwest Airlines jets last week, a government source told CNN on Monday.
Nathaniel Heatwole, 20, of Damascus, Maryland, is expected to make an initial appearance Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
FBI agents interviewed Heatwole, a student at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Friday, but he was not arrested or charged.
The box cutters and other suspicious materials were found in plastic bags in the bathrooms of two Southwest Airlines planes, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, during maintenance checks Thursday.
The discoveries prompted the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to order security inspections of all U.S. commercial airliners.
UPDATE (March 30, 2018): I’ve repointed the hyperlink from the story page to CNN’s homepage for reasons explained here.