Knives, brass knuckles, stun guns and even grenades were among the items agents found in carry-on bags at the security checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA put some of the items on display Thursday to remind travelers what is and is not permitted in their bags as they board an airplane. TSA agents at RDU confiscated more than 1,200 pounds of pocket knives, tools and other sharp or heavy objects that could be used as a weapon last year, and collected more than 9,000 pounds of hazardous materials such as household chemicals. They stopped 30 guns, most of them loaded, from going through the checkpoint as well.
Under federal law, liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less and kept in a single 1-quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag that is out and ready for inspection at the security checkpoint. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag, but they must be declared for inspection at the checkpoint. For more information, go to www.tsa.gov/travel.