Michele Skalicky

The Transportation Safety Administration or TSA had an array of items laid out on a table adorned with a white table cloth recently at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

The items, including a knife hidden in a key and another in a lipstick case, as well as a power drill, ammunition, a fake grenade, brass knuckles and mouthwash, had all been surrendered by passengers when they were found in their bags at the security checkpoint at the Springfield airport and at Kansas City’s airport.


 The Springfield Branson National Airport now features state-of-the-art scanning technology. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began deploying the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to airports in 2008. The machines are designed to safely screen passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats that can be concealed under clothing, all while preserving passenger privacy.

Kent Boyd is the spokesman for the Springfield Branson National Airport.