updated 11/1/2007 6:37:47 PM ET 2007-11-01T22:37:47

Two men en route from Atlanta to India tried to sneak knives and other weapons on board the flight that also stopped in New York, police said. Federal officials said Thursday they have ruled out terrorism.

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Shakarabhai Patel, 64, who was traveling with Chhaganbhai Patel, had made it through security and on to the Delta Air Lines flight bound for New York and then to India, according to an Atlanta police report detailing the Oct. 25 incident. Officials did not immediately indicate the relationship between the two men and could not immediately provide the men's citizenship.

Authorities surrounded Chhaganbhai Patel, 60, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Oct. 25 after he was found with a number of knives including a martial arts-style knife, according to the police report.

One of the knives was a "large, Chinese-style fighting knife," Atlanta police Lt. Jim Corlino told Atlanta television station WAGA. Authorities also found 20 small knives wrapped in tin foil. And upon searching Patel's bag three more times, they found razor blades hidden in the battery compartment of a toy car.

"It was an intentional concealment," Corlino said.

After questioning Patel, authorities were alerted to his traveling companion, Shakarabhai Patel, who had already made it through security and was on the flight.

The plane was brought back to the gate and police said they found a box cutter and $5,000 cash in the second man's bag.

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said Thursday federal agents interviewed the two men through an interpreter and determined the incident was not terrorism related. He declined to explain why the men had the knives. Federal authorities did not press charges and the case is being handled by local officials, Emmett said.

Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said the airline cooperated fully with authorities.

Jon Allen, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, said the arrests illustrate the agency's practice of having multiple layers of security to protect passengers. Allen said TSA plans no security changes as a result of the incident.

"Any one layer independently is not invulnerable," Allen said. "The fact was that one of those layers is professionally trained officers who through their questioning identified the travel companion. The travel companion was removed from the flight and re-screened and that's when that boxcutter was identified."

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