TABLE 1-2-7 - Prohibited Items Intercepted at Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2002-2007

TABLE 1-2-7 - Prohibited Items Intercepted at Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2002-2007

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  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Total prohibited items 3,775,345 6,114,612 7,089,599 15,887,596 13,711,759 6,516,022
Firearms 927 683 650 2,217 2,075 1,416
Knives 1,036,697 1,961,849 2,058,652 1,822,752 1,607,125 1,056,687
Box cutters 32,788 20,991 22,350 21,315 15,999 11,908
Other cutting instruments 1,846,207 2,973,413 3,567,731 3,276,691 163,419 101,387
Clubs and bats 11,131 25,139 28,813 20,531 12,296 9,443
Incendiaries 79,341 494,123 693,649 398,830 113,700 89,623
Other 768,254 638,414 717,754 10,345,260 11,797,145 5,245,558

NOTES: 2002 data are April through December.

The large increase in 2005 and decrease in 2007 was primarily due to the prohibition of lighters on board from April 2005 to August 2007. Fluctuations in counts can be attributed to changes in definitions and regulations governing prohibited items.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Transportation Security Policy, personal communication as of October 2008.