You brought WHAT to an airport?

As you get ready to travel during this busy time of year, make sure to leave plenty of time to park, check-in, check your bag and go through security. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Cast iron skillets, power tools and grenades - oh my! Those are just a few of the surrendered items the Transportation Security Administration had on display Tuesday as a way to remind flyers to look over their belongings before going through security.

While it may seem like common sense to leave firearms and ammunition at home - those items are often found at checkpoints across the state.

TSA officers have stopped 32 guns across the state so far this year, with four of them at ILM. The civil penalty for bringing a gun to a federal checkpoint can reach more than $13,000.

Passengers need to check their pockets before approaching airport security - pocket knives are some of the most commonly surrendered items. Passengers are given the option of returning the items to their vehicles, but since most are under a time crunch they opt to hand them over instead.

As you get ready to travel during this busy time of year, make sure to leave plenty of time to park, check-in, check your bag and go through security.

Additionally remember:

  • The 3-1-1 rule still applies to carry-on bags. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less per container; must be in a 1-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag is permitted per passenger; and the plastic bag must be taken out of your suitcase and placed into a screening bin at the checkpoint.
  • Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces, and they don't have to be in the zip-top bag, but they must be declared for inspection at the checkpoint before you send your bag into the x-ray tunnel.

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