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A gun, a water bottle and a throwing star: An unusual TSA experiment


With long airport security lines expected for the holidays, the Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to keep prohibited items out of their carry-on bags to keep the line moving.

TSA drove home the point with a demonstration at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where half a million passengers are expected to pass through screening over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

TSA set up a checkpoint with volunteer “passengers” who went through the line with no prohibited items. Then the same passengers went through again, including some with a gun, a throwing star and a bottle of water -- all prohibited items -- along with a laptop left in a bag.

To find out what happened, read the full story here.


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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.