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TSA displays weapons stopped at checkpoints at Gulfport airport

Officials say passengers forget about things such as weapons when they switch from road to air travel. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials say passengers forget about things such as weapons when they switch from road to air travel. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Any items left at security checkpoint can be claimed by calling the airport. (Photo source: WLOX News) Any items left at security checkpoint can be claimed by calling the airport. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Jagged knives, household tools, sharp self-defense key chains and even an antique iron were some of the hundreds of items the Transportation Security Administration stopped at security checkpoints at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in 2015.

"We recently did have a grenade with active explosives in it in a bag here that was checked," said TSA Spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.

TSA recently put the potential explosives and weapons on display to show what's not allowed in the cabin of a plane.

The administration says many airline passengers may not realize that what they pack in their luggage could not only pose a safety concern, but could also cause an evacuation. 

"Certainly you do not want to sit next to somebody on a plane who has one of these threat objects," said Koshetz. "Leave your guns, your knives and your grenades at home, please."

TSA says officers found one firearm at the airport in Gulfport in 2015. The agency also says stun guns, some of which are designed to look like cell phones,  have become a problem at airports across the country, because more people are carrying them for self defense. 

"We have people who have a hairbrush that has a knife concealed inside the handle. We have lipsticks with knives concealed inside them. So we are very well trained at finding these threat items," said Koshetz.

Also on display were more than 200 items that passengers forgot after passing through the checkpoints including keys, clothing, glasses and iPads. 

With peak holiday traveling season just around the corner, TSA is sending out an alert to airline passengers: Certain items can land you in jail.

"Just to really check what's in your suitcase before you head to the airport, and place anything that you think would be a problem that's in your pockets into your carry-on bag before you get to the checkpoint," added Koshetz. "It still does surprise us. So many years after 9/11 and also, people forget because they're going on a road trip one day and on a plane another day. So unpack before you pack."

Depending on the jurisdiction, if you are caught with a gun at a checkpoint, you could face up to $11,000 in fines and possible jail time. Any of those items left behind at GPT security checkpoints can be claimed by calling (228) 822-8307.

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