Dec 20, 2021 - News

TSA's most commonly flagged carry-ons at Austin's airpot

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Photo courtesy of Dan Herron/AUS

Despite two decades of tightened carry-on rules, airline passengers at Austin-Bergstrom keep trying to bring prohibited stuff on planes. Especially weapons.

Zooming in: We asked the Transportation Security Administration for a list of the most commonly flagged items at ABIA (outside of oversized liquids) this year.

Most common, by weight: Knives, tools, pepper spray, tasers and weights (such as dumbells).

  • This year, TSA in Austin has seen an unusually high number of BB guns.
  • Overall, airport security agents have confiscated more than 7,000 pounds of material, roughly the weight of a small elephant, this year in Austin.

What they're saying: "Anything that can be used as a weapon is considered a prohibited item," TSA spokesperson Patricia Mancha tells Axios. "So you can bring a blender, as long as the blade is removed and placed in your checked luggage."

  • "We often see things like novelty items β€” baseball bats, tortilla presses made of stone or metal, items shaped like bombs or grenades β€” that aren't allowed in checked or carry-on bags," she added.

Party trick: At your next gathering (or virtual cocktail hour β€” thanks Omicron), use TSA's list of approved items for a game of "Can you bring this on a plane?"

Real items on the list:

πŸ₯ƒ Alcohol over 140 proof? NO

🦴 Artificial skeleton bones? YES

🐻 Something called bear bangers? NO

🍼 Breast milk? YES

πŸ’₯Bang snaps? NO

🦌 Antlers? YES

πŸͺ“ You can check axes and hatches, but don't think about carrying them on.

🎳 Same with bowling pins, for you jugglers out there.


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