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Pierce Brosnan ‘held up for carrying knife’ at US airport

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Published 05/08/2015 | 08:04

Pierce Brosnan’s 10-inch hunting knife was reportedly seized by upset airport officials.

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The 62-year-old actor was attempting to travel through Burlington International Airport in Vermont with his 14-year-old son Paris, the second child he shares with wife Keely Shaye Smith, when the incident took place last Sunday.

And according to the Daily Mail, Pierce was stopped by Transport Security Administration (TSA) agents after they were concerned with the contents of his carry-on luggage following a routine screening.

A TSA officer swiftly stepped in to address the matter privately with the thespian, who is well known for portraying spy James Bond in movies like GoldenEye.

Pierce Brosnan with wife Keeley
Pic: Instagram
Pierce Brosnan with wife Keeley Pic: Instagram

According to eyewitnesses Pierce was “furious”. It’s claimed he was overheard saying: “I can’t believe this is happening” while authorities questioned him over the 10-inch hunting knife he was transporting in his bag.

“I can't believe they're doing this,” Pierce reportedly told his son Paris, who was standing nearby.

According to TSA rules, every type of knife is banned on flights, except for plastic butter knives.

Pierce was supposedly seen whispering something to a security agent, but if he was attempting to negotiate, he did not win the TSA agents over as his knife was promptly confiscated.

Actor Pierce Brosnan with his wife Journalist Keely Shaye Smith attend the Saint Laurent Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 28, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Brosnan with his wife Journalist Keely Shaye Smith attend the Saint Laurent Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 28, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

The star was then given a pat down and taken to a security room for a secondary screening.

After the aggressive moment, Pierce and teenager Paris chilled out from the situation by enjoying a light lunch before they stepped onto their flight.

It’s unknown whether Pierce was fined or ticketed for a violation in relation to carrying the hunting knife with him into the airport.

But Burlington Police Department Lt. Shawn Burke told Page Six on Tuesday that Pierce “was encountered by TSA at one of their checkpoints” and after the weapon issue was resolved to the authorities’ satisfaction, he was set free without incident.

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