08/02/2016 03:38 EDT | Updated 08/02/2016 03:59 EDT

Air Canada: Knife Found On Flight Belonged To Maintenance Worker


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One passenger on an Air Canada flight unexpectedly found a knife after sitting on it.

Glenn Deir told CBC News he was astonished after his wife Debbie Youden discovered the four-inch blade — which was luckily folded — on their St. John's to Toronto flight.

"There was a serrated edge to it, and we said 'What in the name of God is this?'" said Deir, a former CBC News reporter.

CTV News reports Deir took the knife to a crew member after everyone had boarded the plane and was told an incident report had been filed.

“[The crew member's] eyes popped and he opened up the blade and showed the pilots and their eyes popped and then he showed the ground crew and their eyes popped," Deir said.

Employee was still on flight

It turns out the knife belonged to a maintenance worker who was using it to fix a seat.

Angela Mah, an Air Canada spokesperson, told The Huffington Post Canada in an email the employee was still on the flight talking to the captain when Deir reported the knife.

"All tools were removed before the flight departed," Mah said. She added that the airline is reminding employees to make sure they collect all equipment before leaving an aircraft.

Deir said the ordeal shows airport workers need to be better screened.

"Imagine ... if you were up to no good and somebody was on the inside of an airport and could leave you a gun, a knife, in the seat. I mean, the mind reels with possibilities," he told the CBC.

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