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Airborne Arsenal Interrupted: TSA puts confiscations on Instagram

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The Transportation Security Administration is seizing record numbers of prohibited weapons at airport security checkpoints. And now, the agency is putting those weapons on Instagram.

The TSA's new account on the photo-sharing network features pictures of confiscated guns, knives and even grenades.

Last week, the TSA intercepted 44 guns nationwide, 3 of them at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. All three were loaded, according to the TSA, and one of them also had a live round in the chamber.

Local air travelers were stunned to learn about the prevalence of prohibited weapons in carry-on bags and checked luggage.

"After everything that has happened in this country, the 9-11 situation, it's just common sense to not even think to bring something like that to an airport," said Byron Collins while waiting in the Hobby Airport baggage claim area. "And of course, they're getting caught, as we can see: this is what was confiscated."

Getting caught with a weapon at the airport can cost you up to $7,500 and it doesn't matter if it's non-lethal or a replica.

Under TSA guidelines, anything that looks like a prohibited weapon is prohibited.

Click here to see the TSA's Instagram account:
http://instagram.com/tsablogteam#

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