TSA gives tips on prohibited items, holiday travel

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis International Airport TSA agents presented prohibited items Tuesday that were confiscated from passengers trying to board airplanes in Memphis.

The items include toy guns, a drill, snow globes, and even a bucket filled with live ammunition.

TSA said it wanted to show the items in an effort to remind passengers what is prohibited. The agency said it hoped the reminder would help make it easier and quicker for everyone getting through security this holiday season.

"[The toy gun] looks and feels like a regular firearm but it still can't go. Any of the aerosol guns or BB guns, those have to be in checked baggage," TSA supervisor Annette Robinson said.

TSA also said it is seeing an increase in guns at checkpoints across the nation.

So far this year, a record 3,600 firearms were discovered at airports in the U.S. In Memphis, 26 weapons have been confiscated to date--last year TSA confiscated 36 guns at MEM.

As you travel during the holidays, the TSA wants to remind passengers that making a simple mistake when packing a firearm will cost you.

A maximum civil penalty with the TSA is up to $7,500.

TSA also warned travelers against wrapping gifts they plan to bring on the plane. TSA may have to unwrap those gifts during searches--which could slow down the security line for everyone.

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