Transportation Security Administration agents screen about 1.8 million passengers every day at airports across the country. Air travel will increase this week as people head home for the holidays and TSA Federal Security Director for Nebraska Paul Ross suggests those flying take time to review list of items of what is prohibited to take on a plane. He says every month in Nebraska they collect about 300 pounds of prohibited items.
Ross says most of the items collected from passengers are knives but they have also found cattle prods, a cane sword, hay bale hooks and even a pair of spiked shoes. He says so far this year agents uncovered 13 firearms compared to seven in 2013. He says passengers can either surrender those items or they will be taken by agents. Those items are turned over to the State Surplus Agency. Those wanting to retain those items can give them to a family member not flying or travelers can also mail them home from the airport. Many of these items, including firearms, are allowed in checked baggage if they meet certain requirements.
For those flying this holiday season Ross has several tips. He says don’t wrap gifts. If they have to conduct a search all packages will be opened. Liquid items more than 3.4 ounces are prohibited as carry-on and that includes wine or other alcohol, syrup, jelly and jam.
Ross says airports are very busy places this time of year so allow enough time to make it through security checkpoints. They recommend 90 minutes before flight time.