Table 2-16: Prohibited Items Intercepted at Airport Screening Checkpoints
|Enplanements||(R) 551,960,680||(R) 583,293,766||(R) 629,769,620||(R) 657,261,487||(R) 658,362,620||(R) 679,185,450||(R) 651,721,539||617,977,733|
|Total prohibited items||3,775,345||6,114,612||7,089,599||15,887,596||13,711,759||6,516,022||972,810||129,461|
|Other cutting instrumentsb||1,846,207||2,973,413||3,567,731||3,276,691||163,419||101,387||59,459||U|
KEY: R =
revised; U = data are unavailable.
a All data for 2002, except enplanements, are
for April through December.
b 2008 consists of data up to Aug. 8, 2008 with
the exception of Firearms and Incendiaries.
TSA has stopped the collection of data on all prohibited items except for Firearms and Incendiaries as of Aug. 8, 2008.
increase in 2005 and decrease in 2007 was primarily due to the prohibition of
lighters on board from April 2005 to August 2007. Fluctuations in counts can
be attributed to changes in definitions and regulations governing prohibited
items, in addition to the proportion of passengers carrying prohibited items
and the intensity of search.
Other cutting instruments include 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.
include any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic
includes martial arts items, baseball bats, night sticks, hammers, pool cues,
and billy clubs.
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
to tools, self-defense items, compressed gas cylinders, bleach, lighters, and
certain sporting goods. Lighters (except for torch lighters and micro
torches) were removed from the prohibited items list effective Aug. 4, 2007.
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Performance Measurement Information System (PMIS) and personal communication, November
Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology
Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline
Information, T-100 Domestic
Market Data, as of November