BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Niagara International Airport officials say they have collected 400 pounds of prohibited items and weapons from travelers in just three months.
The Transportation Safety Administration says five to seven guns are found per day at airports in the United States. However, guns are not the only weapons or prohibited items some travelers try to bring through airport security.
Buffalo Niagara’s TSA shared photos of knives, a small hand saw and even a bat. They want to remind travelers not to bring these times with them when they’re traveling, and to make sure to pay attention when they are packing.
Federal Security Director Kevin Donovan said, “Most of the time what we’re hearing from passengers is that they forgot the firearm was in their carry on. Our response to that is you ought to know where your firearm is.”
The TSA is also holding a contest for the best ideas that make getting through security lines easier. Many passengers dread going through long security lines at airports, they wait, inch up a little bit, and wait some more.
Therefore the TSA is offering rewards up to $15,000 for the person with the best idea for speeding up security. The deadline is August 15.