I'm a newbie & have a question about product the TSA confiscates

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  1. I'm an newbie, sorry if posted in the wrong thread. I'm looking for some odd statistics about traveling and thought this would be a good place to go for answers!

    I'm interested in:
    # of domestic passengers traveling a month
    amount of product confiscated by TSA, broken down by type if possible.
    Where the confiscated product goes
     
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  2. jmrich1432
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    I know the US Travel Association website has some good resources. The link below takes you to their tracking research, the number of travelers per month may be found in there.
    http://www.ustravel.org/research/domestic-research/travelhorizons

    What happens to the items: http://www.ajc.com/news/q-a-on-the-771285.html

    Good luck!
     
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  3. DestinationDavid
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    Might you be able to access some of this information directly from the TSA under a Freedom of Information Act request? That is if it's not viewed as dangerous to national security, though I doubt the # of ipods taken by the TSA in a month is confidential. But you never know....
     
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    Just remember, they don't confiscate a lot of stuff...it is "voluntarily surrendered"
     
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    http://www.pleaseremoveyourshoesmovie.com/content/facts
    A few of the stats presented here:
    In its first year TSA confiscated 4.8 million items, including 1.4 million knives, 1,101 firearms, and 39,842 box cutters.
    Prior to 2007, TSA was confiscating 22,000 cigarette lighters a day.
    TSA confiscated 13,709,211 items in 2006.
    In 2006, TSA confiscated 11,616,249 lighters. Lighters can now be brought on planes.

    A 2007 article about where confiscated items go.

    A Labor Day 2003 press release from the TSA:
    Since February 2002, TSA has intercepted more than 7.5 million items, including 1,437 firearms, 2.3 million knives and 49,331 boxcutters.​
     

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