Chicago Rockford Airport TSA officers bring awareness to items prohibited from flying

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Before you pack your bags for summer vacation, the transportation security administration wants to make sure you know what you should leave at home. TSA explains why airports have specific restrictions on the items you take on board and put in your checked suitcase.

"It was like a sharpie but it actually had a dagger inside of it," said Master Security Training Instructor at Chicago Rockford International Airport Dalila Camacho.

For three years Camacho has worked for TSA and says many people disguise weapons to bring on board or bring an item resembling a weapon, all of which can go in a checked bag.

"It's obviously not a real gun but since it's a replica of that it would not be able to go. This ones actually a bottle opener but looks like ammunition so it can’t go," Camacho said.

You should also remember the 3-1-1 rule when packing a carry-on.

"You're allowed 3.4 ounces liquids or less, in a one-quart sized bag and each passenger is allowed one of those," said TSA Regional Spokesperson Mark Howell.

Howell wants people to know the TSA will never confiscate an item but instead will ask you to get rid of it.

“That could be going to put it in your car, go put it in your checked bag if you checked one with the airline. If somebody brought you to the airport we will let you hand it off to them. But most wait till the last minute to come through security and they don't have time to do one of those things and they end up surrendering it," Howell said.

That's why airports ask you to arrive two hours before boarding. But there are ways to speed up the security process.

"We are asking passengers to take an extra five minutes before they head to the airport to go through their personal belongs and make sure they don't have them and that is going to speed up the screening time," Howell said.

If you are unsure if you can pack a specific item you can send a picture of it to "ask TSA" on Facebook or Twitter and they will get back to you with an answer.