The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is reminding the public about the items they won’t allow on planes in the U.S.A. But, don’t call it ‘confiscate’! They want you to know that they don’t actually confiscate the items, they are surrendered to them by the passengers! Very generous of the passengers, right?
The amount of stuff that ends up in the trash and in the bins at all of the airports is staggering. It’s as simple as going to the TSA website to see which items are forbidden on the planes. TSA even has an app for up to the minute information. Still, people continue to bring restricted items.
Ever wonder what happens to those items? First of all, you don’t have to lose your item. You are allowed several options such as taking the item back to your car, put it into a checked bag or even have it mailed to you. The other items go on to make money for the state.
Weapons go to the authorities, chemicals are tossed out and the other 750,000 pieces of personal property they collect every year goes to state surplus centers. Then they go on EBay or GovDeals.com and the money is split between the sites and the state agencies. If you don’t want your stuff going up for auction, leave it at home!
Real looking toy guns
Hard to believe anyone would try to bring this on a plane, but they do! Toy guns are one of the banned items the TSA has noticed is increasing. It would be interesting to know how many belonged to children and how many were very obviously toys.
Fixed blade knives
The TSA recently started allowing pocket knives on airplanes again. Fixed blade knives are still banned. Strange, can both can do the same amount of damage?
All types of brass knuckles
Brass knuckles have been a big problem for the Transportation Safety Administration. Their use can make a normal punch turn into a deadly weapon.
The TSA recently released a blog titled ‘TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Leave Your Grenades at Home‘! While some comments made fun of the fact that most were fake, can you imagine the fear they could cause? These are the ones they’ve collected just in 2013!
Lighters, lighters everywhere
Easily one of the most confiscated…er, surrendered items the TSA gets. One pack of regular matches are allowed now. Refillable lighters with no fluid in them can be checked.
Real guns, really
Yes, people still try to bring their guns on-board aircraft. Most of the time they have forgot to move it to their carry-on luggage like Mrs. Ted Nugent recently did.
Tasers of all kind
Tasers have become the weapon of choice for many people in America. However, they are illegal in some states and always illegal on airplanes!