The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is reminding the public about the items they won't allow on planes in the U.S.A. But, don't call it 'confiscate'! They want you to know that they don't actually confiscate the items, they are surrendered to them by the passengers! Very generous of the passengers, right?
The amount of stuff that ends up in the trash and in the bins at all of the airports is staggering. It's as simple as going to the TSA website to see which items are forbidden on the planes. TSA even has an app for up to the minute information. Still, people continue to bring restricted items.
Ever wonder what happens to those items? First of all, you don't have to lose your item. You are allowed several options such as taking the item back to your car, put it into a checked bag or even have it mailed to you. The other items go on to make money for the state.
Weapons go to the authorities, chemicals are tossed out and the other 750,000 pieces of personal property they collect every year goes to state surplus centers. Then they go on EBay or GovDeals.com and the money is split between the sites and the state agencies. If you don't want your stuff going up for auction, leave it at home!