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TSA collected hundreds of abandoned weapons from carry-ons during BWI holiday travel

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Hundreds of pounds of abandoned items are set to be picked up this week from a cargo warehouse near BWI Marshall Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 738 million passengers in 2016, collecting thousands of prohibited items abandoned by flyers.

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"Those travelers at the holiday time of year tend not to be the frequent flyers," TSA Spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said. "You can go put it in your checked bag. You can run it back to your car. Call a non-traveling companion--somebody who just dropped you off."

The BWI location has a variety of knives, liquids, and other prohibited items sealed off, ready to be picked up and taken to Virginia.

Many of the items will be auctioned at a later date.

The TSA reports 3,391 firearms were discovered in carry-ons in 2016, 83 percent of which were loaded.


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