VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - As holiday travel begins to pick up, the TSA wants to make sure passengers leave prohibited items out of their bags at the airport.
Mark Howell, a TSA representative from Atlanta, was at the Valdosta Regional Airport Tuesday morning displaying examples of prohibited items that people have tried to carry on with them at various airports across the country. Howell said leaving these items out of your carry on will make traveling much faster for all passengers.
"When you get into the checkpoint and we're havin' to check each individual bag for something as small as a pocket knife or a bottle of water, of course that's gonna back things up in the check point. So, we're asking everybody to really take a look at what they bring," Howell emphasized.
Howell also said that recently, they are seeing an increase in the number of people trying to carry a personal firearm with them on the plane. According to Howell, in 2013 the number was 1, 813. So far in 2014, the number is already over 1,850.
To see a list of prohibited items, visit www.tsa.gov or download the MyTSA app to find out if a specific item is prohibited.