What Happens to the 13 Million Items the TSA Confiscates Each Year?

Weapons would go to law enforcement, most items to government surplus agencies for auction. And liquids that don’t fit in your freedom baggie?

The journey for shampoo and other liquids in containers larger than 3 ounces, which were banned on board in 2006 when terrorists attempted to use liquid explosives, is a short one. They are usually immediately disposed of through private waste contractors.

After the TSA tosses them in a bin beside security, they throw them away via private garbage disposal. ‘Cause the liquids are dangerous.

The War on Water continues, unabated, and without any sense of irony.

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  1. Baloney–So why did the Homeland Security person in Houston put my knife in her pocket–Beats buying one I guess–I have absolutely no use for those people–They are the main reason I don’t fly anymore–Got no use for their Crappy attitude’s.

  2. I’ve always been amazed @ when the Theatrical Security Admin officers throw water bottles etc into a barrel 3 to 6 feet AND the barrel is in the middle of the inspection area. To have a private disposal service take these potentially explosive materials to a landfill/incinerator merely confirms that this is indeed an exercise in futility. Aren’t they afraid of the garbage truck exlpoding let alone the barrel in the middle of the security area?????

  3. James, it’s hard to believe someone took your knife. TSA personnel are told there’s a zero tolerance to stealing at the checkpoint. In other words, you’ll be fired. Screeners have been fired for this very same thing. If you see someone stealing like this, as with your knife, go find a supervisor and let them know. Why didn’t you mail your knife back to yourself?

    Things that are thrown away in the trash i.e. liquids. They are thrown out through the normal trash disposal. Again, TSA personnel will be fired if they go dumpster shopping. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance.

    TSA has come a long ways and has bent over backwards on so many occasions to satisfy the passenger. They’re not there to work against you, but work with you any way they can.

    The traveling public is still ignorant to so many things because someone said this or someone hears this i.e. as Granny been strip searched in public. We all know we can trust the media. Please, give me a break.

    James, TSA could satisfy you and do away with security totally. Would you or want your family go fly? Sounds stupid doesn’t it? This is like saying, “I received an invalid speeding ticket so I don’t any use for the cops.” Well, at least ’til you need one.

    Go to http://www.TSA.gov web site. There’s a wealth of information at this site. I travel with the same rules as everyone else. I find it’s not a problem to be safe or have my family fly safe.

    TSA must be doing their job. When was the last time a U.S. aircraft was commandered?

    9/11 less we forget. Never again!!!

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