Photos of items surrendered to the TSA at Hancock
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Transportation Security Administration revealed on Thursday the kinds of items that have been surrendered by passengers at Hancock International Airport – a list that included knives, bullets, and other dangerous objects.
The number of knives security personnel confiscated over a four-month period is “almost too many to count” – among the items are Swiss Army knives, pocket knives, hunting knives, and military style knives. They also took more exotic weapons, including Ninja throwing stars and a belt buckle with a knife hidden in the buckle.
"They really are trained, as you can see, to identify those things and why something might look innocent to my family, my next door neighbor, your neighbor, to us there might be some other intent,” said TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein.
They also found a brick on a passenger, and tools such as hammers and mallets and more threatening items such as bullets, ammunition magazines, fake grenades, belt buckle grenades, and an inert grenade.
"And also a realistic replica firearm could cause a panic on a plane. It might not be able to fire a real bullet but it sure could cause a panic on a plane and we want to avoid that,” Farbstein said.
The TSA doesn’t confiscate threatening items – all of those revealed on Thursday were voluntarily surrendered.
One passenger brought a snake in a bottle of liquid, but ended up turning it over to the TSA.
Farbstein noted that some materials can distract security personnel from being vigilant for more dangerous items.
“When we find these sorts of things it distracts from paying attention to what in here could possibly be an explosive,” she said.
Farbstein recommended that people consider whether the item will be allowed on the plane before they leave for the airport.
She noted that bringing such items to a security checkpoint can create delays not only for the passenger, but for other people.
The TSA has an app that allows people to determine whether an item is prohibited or permitted on an airplane.
Items collected at Hancock are shipped to Pennsylvania State Surplus, where they are sold for a profit.