CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - TSA officials confiscated a bizarre arsenal of dangerous and deadly weapons in the days leading up to and after Christmas at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Knives, nunchucks and ninja throwing stars and a Batman "batarang," all picked up from passengers trying to get them on their planes in carry-on luggage despite the TSA's public list of banned items.
"Does anything surprise you anymore?," asked FOX 46 reporter Matt Grant.
"No. Nothing surprises us," said TSA training instructor Barbara Cousan. "We've seen it all."
From brass knuckles to the bizarre, including a chainsaw, TSA officials gave FOX 46 an exclusive look at the holiday haul agents confiscated in the past week.
One woman was cited on Dec. 22 for trying to carry a loaded .38 caliber revolver. It was one of nearly 70 confiscated this year. It is a crime that can be punished by a fine up to $13,000.
Other items, like a cane that is secretly a stun-gun and another that hides a sword, are straight out of a spy novel.
"It's a belt buckle with a knife on the end," said Cousan, showing off a knife hidden inside of a belt, detected by X-ray scanners.
TSA officials say anyone who tries to bring a "hidden" weapon through check-in will have that item confiscated and will be slapped with a fine.
"Anything that can be construed as a weapon," said TSA Federal Security Director for Charlotte Douglas, Kevin Frederick, "we're not going to let it through."
Agents confiscated nearly 200 pounds of stuff between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28. Most items would have been allowed if they had been checked instead.
With New Year's Eve approaching, officials want to remind passengers that fireworks are not allowed on board at all.
"If we find something that's prohibited," said Frederick, "and we will find it, it's going to slow your process down; it's going to slow the process down for everybody that's in line with you."
Cousan is expecting more "interesting" finds in the days ahead.
"Of course," she said. "Because passengers aren't preparing. They're not taking time to prepare."