Table 6 Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003

Table 6 Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003

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Items Number
Other cutting instruments 2,973,413
Knives 1,961,849
Incendiaries and explosive/ flammable materials 494,123
Clubs 25,139
Box cutters 20,991
Firearms 683
Other 638,414
Total prohibited items 6,114,612

Notes: Other cutting instruments refers to, e.g., scissors, swords, sabers, and ice axes/picks.

Knives include any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery.

Clubs refers to, e.g., baseball bats, night sticks, and billy clubs.

Firearms and guns refers to any weapon (excluding a starter gun) that is designed to or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.

Other refers to tools, self-defense items, and sporting goods (excluding baseball bats).

For further clarification about terms, see http://www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited_8_23_2004.pdf.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, personal communication, November 2004.