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More Items Being Confiscated At RDU International

Posted January 28, 2002

— There is a surplus growing at

RDU International

, thanks to new airport security rules. RDU workers are required to confiscate hundreds of items from carry-on luggage that many travelers thought were OK.

Travelers have a lot to worry about these days. They need to get there way ahead of time, bring a picture ID, and when it comes to carry-on luggage, they need to know what not to bring.

"I talked with a lady this morning who says she lost some scissors, just little nail scissors going through. They took them, and they kept them," said air traveler Wilma Hawkins.

Officials from RDU International said despite all the warnings and rule changes, security workers are confiscating hundreds of items from carry-on luggage. So far, items like tiny grooming scissors, pocket knives and metal nail files have been confiscated.

You have three options if airport officials find something that violates carry-on rules.

"You can take it out to your car, you can go back down to the ticket counter and check it in or you can leave it at the security checkpoint," RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

If you leave it with security, it becomes airline property, and most airlines throw everything like that away.

RDU International's travel tips state simply, do not pack knives or cutting or puncturing implements of any kind in your carry-on bags.

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