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PHOENIX – The TSA is doing one thing for the primary time this week to forestall passengers from getting in bother by launching Prohibitive Objects Week to warn you to what you possibly can and may’t carry on a airplane.
Whereas studying of the prohibited gadgets, alarming details about loaded weapons at airports was uncovered.
TSA says they’re uncovering the identical quantity of loaded weapons from baggage this yr as they often do, and right here’s why that’s an issue.
Passenger numbers have plummeted since March, so one would assume the quantity would go down.
“It’s all the time superb to me after I see the issues individuals attempt to sneak or how typically individuals overlook they’ve one thing. Weapons are a fantastic instance,” says Patricia Mancha, spokesperson for TSA Arizona.
In 2019, Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport recovered the fifth-highest quantity of firearms within the nation. In 2020, the pattern continues.
“We’ve seen an uptick of individuals bringing weapons to airports all around the nation though we now have seen a discount in vacationers,” Mancha mentioned.
There’s been a 51% drop in passengers in Phoenix this yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TSA officers recovered 74 firearms at Sky Harbor thus far this yr, which is on observe to match 2019’s complete of 132.
It’s not simply weapons, both. BB weapons and pellet weapons that look identical to the actual factor.
Concealment of knives have modified through the years, too. “Individuals are getting a little bit artistic with regards to these issues,” Mancha mentioned. For instance, belt knives, cane weapons, brush shives.
The TSA says you possibly can journey with a gun, but it surely needs to be in a case, in checked baggage and the airline have to be advised about it.
There are another fascinating questions that aren’t as clear lower, corresponding to guacamole. Oddly, you possibly can solely have 3.5 ounces of it.
Take a look at TSA’s web site for an inventory of issues that may and may’t journey with you, or the restrictions on gadgets.