Shopping for a Rolling Pin, Scissors or a Bat? This Auction Is for You
July 15, 2012
AUSTIN, Texasâ€”Summer travelers, beware: For now, the snow globe you buy at the Alamo or at SeaWorld in San Antonio will be confiscated at the airport if you try to carry it on a plane. Even a Disney snow globe bought at the Orlando airport won’t make it past airport security.
Every day an astonishing number of travelers forget the gun or knife in their pocket or carry-on bag. Many others fail to know that the child’s souvenir from Walt Disney World is regulated as a potential airplane threat.
These confiscated souvenirs, along with truckloads of pocket knives, tools, cake knives and workout weightsâ€”added to items like jewelry and belts left behind by rushing travelersâ€”end up in online auctions or in stores selling the bounty of Transportation Security Administration checkpoint searches.
A store here, in a remote industrial area not far from the airport, has two big shelves of seized snow globes, all nabbed as potential liquid explosives….”