The following is an excerpt from CBSNews.com | September 23, 2015 |
The TSA is on track to set a record for the number of guns it has confiscated across the United States this year. But other prohibited items--including knives, cleavers, ninja throwing stars, and nunchucks--are more challenging to uncover, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.
"I'll ask a passenger direct to the face, do you have anything prohibitive in the bag? 'No.' We open up the bag, they'll have a knife, they'll have a fake gun, they'll have a nunchuck in there," said Scott Johnson, the federal security director at Dullies International Airport in Virginia. "And I just have to laugh at them, 'cause it's, do you think you can bring this on?"
Some items that could be considered dangers are more ambiguous, like women's purses, which have been stacking up because some handles resemble brass knuckles. Also on the no-fly list are fake hand grenades. Dulles Airport alone fills up a 55-gallon drum daily with prohibited items.
Some of the biggest head-scratchers end up on the TSA's Instagram feed, with more than 336,000 followers. It is an attempt to get the word out about what not to bring.
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