Guns, pepper spray, hammers among confiscated items at RDU

Posted March 9

— 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 or contact the TSA through Twitter or Facebook.


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  • John Smith Mar 9, 8:38 p.m.
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    *found NO threat. I also missed this question to you. If you want to publicly shame someone over this, where is your outcry for shaming the one with the Grenade...or for the lack of reporting? Those things actually make a big enough boom to make planes go down.

  • John Smith Mar 9, 8:23 p.m.
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    because they questioned them and found threat. I guess they feel a citation was enough. Ever driven a 5500lb bullet(car) over the speed limit and gotten a citation? If so, was your name published anywhere? I'm not defending the person for what they did, but like I've said in the original story: It was probably an older person that was confused with what bag he/she was allowed to put them in. Think about it... they were not trying to sneak them onto the plane, they voluntarily placed the bag on the conveyor to be x-rayed. At least WTVD goes as far as reporting the proper way travel with firearms.

  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 9, 7:40 p.m.
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    I want to know why they don't release the name of the DA that carries the gun through the TSA pre-check and gets cited? Public humiliation is better than a citation for curing such DA behavior.

  • Tim Orr Mar 9, 6:00 p.m.
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    BTW, what happens to all those firearms? Are they deported to Mexico in a fast and furious way?

  • Tim Orr Mar 9, 4:37 p.m.
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    Ban all sales of hammers. Save us from the Hammer Bearers!!

  • John Smith Mar 9, 4:07 p.m.
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    I understand ya'lls war on guns, but really? Where was the report when someone "allegedly" tried to carry-on a freakin' GRENADE??!!
    I guess the hammer would have been better subject matter since it was probably someone going on a mission trip to build a church or something...but as the TSA official says, Hammers are a definite no no" LOL