TSA warns against trying to take tools, guns in carry-on baggage

The TSA confiscated these items at RDU in late 2016. (CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — With the busiest travel days of the season fast approaching, the TSA says it’s important to be aware of what isn’t allowed in a carry-on bag.

Officials say they’ve collected more than 1,200 pounds of abandoned property this year. Each time a Transportation Security Administration officer has to open up a bag it slows down the line.

There has been an 11 percent increase in customer volume at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since last year, but officers continue to strive to move through lines just as quickly as last year.

If you are traveling with Christmas gifts, they say leave the wrapping paper at home to speed things up.

They say if you try to bring a gun, you will be cited and possibly fined for bringing one through an airport check point

“You may face a civil penalty fine of up to $11,000 and be arrested by local law enforcement,” said Beth Walker, RDU TSA Federal Security Director.

TSA officials say it doesn’t matter if you have a permit or not; no guns are allowed through this checkpoint. They say they confiscated their 48th gun of the year Wednesday morning.

If you have any questions about what is allowed in a carry on you can tweet your questions at @AskTSA on Twitter or visit their website.

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