3-2 Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003-2006

3-2 Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2003-2006

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Items 2003 2004 2005 2006
Other cutting instruments 2,973,413 3,567,731 R3,276,691 163,408
Knives 1,961,849 2,058,652 R1,822,752 1,607,014
Incendiaries and explosive/flammable materials 494,123 693,649 R398,830 110,135
Clubs 25,139 28,813 20,531 12,295
Box cutters 20,991 22,350 R21,315 15,998
Firearms 683 650 2,217 2,053
Other 638,414 717,754 R10,345,260 11,800,215
Total prohibited items 6,114,612 7,089,599 R15,887,596 13,711,118

Key: R = revised.

Notes: Other cutting instruments includes scissors, hatchets, swords, sabers, meat cleavers, ice axes, and picks. Effective Dec. 22, 2005, scissors less than 4 inches and tools less than 7 inches were no longer prohibited.

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

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

Firearms includes any weapon (including a starter gun) that 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, flare pistols, compressed air guns, and stunning devices.

Effective Apr. 14, 2005, lighters were added to the list of prohibited items.

Other refers to tools, self-defense items, compressed gas cylinders, bleach, lighters, and certain sporting goods. The jump in number of other prohibited items in 2005 is a result of the inclusion of lighters as prohibited items as of Apr. 14, 2005.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, personal communication, November 2007.