|Other cutting instruments||2,973,413||3,567,731|
|Incendiaries and explosive/flammable materials||494,123||693,649|
|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.