TABLE J-7 Prohibited Items Intercepted at Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2002–2005 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total prohibited items 3,775,345 6,114,612 7,089,599 15,909,141 Box cutters 32,788 20,991 22,350 21,319 Knives 1,036,697 1,961,849 2,058,652 1,822,888 Other cutting instruments 1,846,207 2,973,413 3,567,731 3,276,941 Firearms 927 683 650 2,217 Clubs 11,131 25,139 28,813 20,531 Incendiaries 79,341 494,123 693,649 407,086 Other 768,254 638,414 717,754 10,358,159 NOTES: 2002 data are April through December. Other cutting instruments includes scissors, hatchets, swords, sabers, meat cleavers, ice axes, and picks. Knives includes any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery. Clubs includes martial arts items, baseball bats, night sticks, hammers, pool cues, and billy clubs. Firearms includes any weapon (including a starter gun) that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, as well as spear guns, BB guns, flare pistols, compressed air guns, and stunning devices. Other refers to tools, self-defense items, compressed gas cylinders, bleach, and certain sporting goods. The jump in number of other prohibited items in 2005 is a result of the inclusion of lighters as prohibited items as of April 14, 2005. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Transportation Security Policy, personal communication, November 2006.
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