Guns, pepper spray, hammers among confiscated items at RDU
Posted March 9
Morrisville, N.C. — Stun guns, grenades, brass knuckles and martial arts tools are just a few items TSA agents have stopped at Raleigh-Durham International Airport security checkpoints.
Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration used those examples and others to remind passengers what they can and cannot bring in their carry-on bags.
Guns are prohibited, yet passengers continue to pack them in carry-on bags. So far this year, agents have stopped 10 guns, including two found earlier this week.
“It’s a danger to the flying public or the passengers, it cannot go on the plane. We also have several that bring in pepper spray, pepper spray cannot go. Occasionally people bring in their hammers, a definite no no,” said a TSA official.
Officials said when a prohibited item is found, the security checkpoint must be shut down, which will increase wait times.
Restrictions still apply for carry-on bags when it comes to liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes. Containers must be 3.4 ounces or less and stored in a quart-sized Ziploc bag.
People who have questions about TSA guidelines are advised to visit TSA.gov or contact the TSA through Twitter or Facebook.