Table 4.1 Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003–2004

Table 4.1
Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003–2004

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Items 2003 2004
Other cutting instruments 2,973,413 3,567,731
Knives 1,961,849 2,058,652
Incendiaries and explosive/flammable materials 494,123 693,649
Clubs 25,139 28,813
Box cutters 20,991 22,350
Firearms 683 650
Other 638,414 717,754
Total prohibited items 6,114,612 7,089,599

NOTES: "Other cutting instruments" include metal pointed scissors, hatchets, swords, sabers, meat cleavers, ice axes, and picks.

"Knives" are sharp bladed cutting instruments of any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery.

"Incendiaries" include explosives (firecrackers, ammunition, blasting caps, plastic explosives, gunpowder, grenades, and flares); aerosols except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities; gasoline, fuels, paint thinner, and flammable liquids; torch lighters; and strike-anywhere matches.

"Clubs" includes martial arts items, baseball bats, night sticks, hammers, pool cues, and billy clubs.

"Firearms" means any weapon (including a starter gun) that will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, as well as spear guns, BB guns, fl are pistols, compressed air guns, and stunning devices.

"Other" encompasses tools, self-defense items, compressed gas cylinders, bleach, and certain sporting goods.

For further clarification about terms, see http://www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited_5_16_2005_v3.pdf.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office ot Transportation Security Policy, personal communication, July 2005.