(Springfield, Mo.--02/22/18) Knives, guns and even grenades: the Transportation Security Administrators says it is seeing them all at airports across the country, including in our area.
As the summer travel season peaks up, the TSA is reminding passengers what they can and cannot bring on flights— and why.
Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson, says the TSA is fully staffed and ready for the thousands of passengers at Springfield Branson National Airport this summer, but they need your help.
"We’re just asking for people to just pay attention, be cognoscente of what you have in your bags," explains Howell.
To keep the security lines moving, TSA s asking for passengers to be prepared too, especially when it comes to what they can and cannot bring in a carry on bag.
"Do a quick five minute sweep before you even leave for the airport and that’s really going to save you a lot of time and hassle of going through security twice."
The transportation security administrations revealed an array of prohibited carry on items voluntarily abandoned during the past year at the airport.
"We see a big variety of prohibited items that come to checkpoints across the U.S. Ranging from you’re over sized liquids which is the most prevalent thing we see, to your pocket knives, personal and self defense items, tools."
TSA officers in Springfield detect 25-50 pounds of prohibited items each month at the security checkpoint. Those are items the passenger willingly surrender. Passengers who arrive with prohibited items can also return those times to their vehicle or check them back into heir luggage.
"The common sense test is holding it up and waving it above your head. If you think that would create a panic on board an aircraft then more than likely it’s not going to be allowed through the security checkpoint."
So before you go to the airport CLICK HERE to check the list of banned items on the TSA wesbite.