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Airport officials remind passengers: Leave banned items at home

Don't get 'busted' before your holiday flight
Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 13:52:34-05

HEBRON, Ky. – You'd be surprised at what passengers try to take on a commercial flight.

Toy guns, knives, even a bowling pin.

Those are just some of the things passengers had to leave at the security checkpoint recently at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Just in time for the holidays, airport officials want to remind you what you can and can't bring in your carry-on luggage.  So they put some recently surrendered items on display Tuesday.

Many of those items are dangerous – even deadly. Yet every month between 50 and 100 pounds of prohibited items are abandoned.

TSA supervisor Fred Augustin says he's heard plenty of excuses from passengers.

"They're more concerned about traveling than what they've actually got with them," Augustin said, "so they forget - slip of the mind - and sometimes they don't even pay attention to liquids -  'but it's a bottle of water, it's not a liquid.'

"Well, water's still a liquid.

With the rules being updated constantly, sometimes it's hard for travelers to keep up on what is and what isn't allowed.  And not knowing can lead to even longer waits than usual in security lines.

So, before you go to the airport, check the list of banned items on the TSA website.

And remember, don't bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. They have been banned as a potential fire hazard.

When in doubt, leave it home, officials say.