Guns, knives, explosives. See what TSA says it found on New Orleans airport passengers

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The Transportation Security Administration said it has collected thousands of prohibited items from passengers boarding planes at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans so far this year.

The list of abandoned items includes 29 guns, according to spokesperson Sari Koshetz, who said 28 of the guns were loaded when they were discovered during TSA screenings.

Other prohibited items abandoned by passengers include knives disguised as house keys, writing pens and jewelry, as well as sporting equipment that Koshetz said could be used as a weapon.

“We know we must remain vigilant because terrorists are still interested in bringing down an airplane. Because of that, we have robust security,” Koshetz said. “We want to make sure that the person sitting next to you on the plane is not carrying something that could hurt you or anybody else on the airplane.”

Koshetz suggested travelers check tsa.gov for a list of what you can carry on and items that have to be packed in checked luggage.

She said passengers can also reach out the TSA on social media to ask whether specific items are allowed on airplanes.

She suggests knowing what’s prohibited before coming to the airport.

Koshetz said items that are abandoned are turned over to the state, which either sells the contraband or destroys it.

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