Thousands of weapons found in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints

A bucket full of blades.

“This is just what we’ve collected over the past day,” Jason Pantages, Assistant Federal Security Director at LAX, said.

Pantages gave FOX11 a behind the scenes look at all the weapons passengers try to get through security from knives to brass knuckles to land mines.

“The reasons that we get often times are that they just forgot it was in their bag,” Pantages said.

But the major problem is guns.

In 2015, TSA officers set a record confiscating more than 2600 firearms at airport security checkpoints nationwide.

“In 2015 there were 34 firearms here at LAX that were discovered which is a 100 percent increase from the previous year 2014,” Pantages said.

The agency doesn’t know whether or not more people are brining guns to airports, or the security screening technology is just better at catching the contraband.

TSA released photos of other things passengers tried smuggling through security all over the country including dynamite, gunpowder in vials and even more grenades.

“I’m very surprised people could try to get through with that,” passenger, Seth Woods, said.

There were also some more unique things including a puppy stuffed in a suitcase, drugs in jars of peanut butter, and a crossbow.

“I used to concerned that I couldn’t bring water, but that’s nothing compared to people being allowed to bring things like that,” another passenger said.

For more photos from TSA click here.

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