Machetes on your airplane? It almost happened in Tucson
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The TSA, the butt of our jokes. Their policies annoy lots of folks, often times because of a little too much touching.
"She went up to my leg, up both legs, from behind," complained one woman.
Others not happy when they lose their stuff.
"I just got my favorite belt of all time confiscated," complained one man. "And it has like fake like really fake little plastic bullets."
And a bullet ridden belt is just the beginning.
With all these passengers coming and going round the clock at TIA and Sky Harbor, the TSA has its hands full.
"We see everything," said Steve Perica.
All the stuff passengers try to get up on the plane, never really gets off the ground. It's all sent to Phoenix. The official pile is at the State's Surplus Property Department. Perica runs the department.
There 9OYS found bins full of pocket knives, every toy gun you can think of, handy workout equipment.
"They carry weights on board," said Perica. "I guess they want to exercise on the plane."
But weights of course, could be used as a weapon. So can rolling pins, sledge hammers, rocks, bomb shell casings, even brass knuckles. All of this stuff came off Arizona passengers.
"You kind of look at the stuff, like the magic eight ball, the whip and go, ok??" said Perica.
Across the nation, the TSA takes away more than 750,000 items from passengers every year. Still for some travelers, the searches, the pat down, seem like a waste of time.
"I'm crying because I'm really, really upset that as an American, I have to go through this," said one woman.
But that's not all passengers tried to get on board. They tried getting on a machete. Then there are all the knives, big and small, hidden in belts.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked passengers at TIA what people are thinking. One man responded, "That's a very good question."
Another said, " some of those are clearly weapons, I don't know what people are thinking when they carry that."
TSA puts out a long list of "no-go" items. But still, passengers don't pay attention. 9OYS found a sling shot. That's banned. A fun little cake cutter? Banned too. An antique iron? Banned. But there's one particular item, TSA agents have to take away over and over again in Arizona. Not rocks, not sledge hammers, not those bejeweled brass knuckles. The pile in Phoenix is packed with snow globes. Lots and lots of snow globes.
Benito asked, "Do you get the logic behind that?" One woman replied, "No, no I don't. It's kind of a souvenir."
But snow globes are on the "no-go" list. Why? Because they have liquid inside. And that liquid can be used to take down your plane. So they pile up here at the surplus office, waiting for folks to buy them at auction.
"We allow folks to buy them and hopefully not take them back on an airplane," said Perica.
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