BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "More than 2,200 items have been confiscated at checkpoint," Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan said.
Ten guns, a number of knives, and a set of bolt cutters are among the items confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in 2017.
According to McClellan, it's all in an effort to keep people safe.
"In partnership with the TSA, the airport, and all the airport tenants, we work together to ensure the safety of all the passengers coming and going from ECP," McClellan said.
Other items confiscated last year include a torch lighter that looks like a handgun and a keychain that looks like a hand grenade.
"All those replica type items that could create a potential issue, the TSA as they're doing the screening will confiscate those items. They will not be allowed on an airplane," McClellan said.
McClellan says when prohibited items are found at a checkpoint, the flyer has several options.
"You're given the choice to take them back to your car if you have that or if you can go put them in your checked luggage. So, it's not like the TSA just says 'We're taking it', they provide options prior to it being voluntarily given over to them," McClellan said.
Giving the item to the person who dropped you off or mailing the item to your home address are other ideas.
A search engine is available on the TSA website, linked on this page, where you can type in any item you're unsure of and it'll give you a yes or no answer on whether you can carry it on or leave it at home.