GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Airline passengers attempt to board flights every single day with a variety of prohibited items. In just the past eight months at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, TSA agents intercepted more than 900 pounds of those items.
From skillets to power tools, one might be surprised at what travelers think they can bring aboard an airplane.
"The giant cast iron frying pan or the weights could be used as bludgeons, so you don't want the person sitting in the airplane next to you to have these items that could be used as bludgeons," said Sari Koshetz.
It may seem like common sense, but Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said they still intercept thousands of pounds of contraband each year, and those numbers are growing.
"A lot of these items would have been able to be checked in your check bag, but people brought them to the check point," said Koshetz.
So, what happens when you show up to security with these sorts of items?
"We search your bag. We explain to you that these items are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft, and then you do have the opportunity to either bring them back to your car, call the person who dropped you off, or take your bag and check it with the airline," said Koshetz.
If a passenger does have one of these prohibited items, like a stun gun or brass knuckles, the airport has a send back program where you can mail them back home. Erica Johnson found herself having to use the mail back program just before her flight was about to board.
"I was going through security, and they had to check my bags. I forgot that there was a knife in my pocketbook, and of course, that's what they found. I just mailed it back to myself," said Johnson.
Johnson said she didn't mind having to mail the knife home, because she would rather be safe than sorry.
Koshetz wants to remind passengers that TSA has tried to make it easy for passengers to find out what's considered contraband. You can tweet them or even ask them a question through the Facebook messenger app.