Prohibited Items Intercepted at U.S. Airport Screening Checkpoints: 2002 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 520):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 20 rows and 18 columns.

Passengers boarding aircraft in thousands (612,876 represents 612,876,000). For the calendar year. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assumed responsibility for airport security on February 17, 2002, and by November 19, 2002, TSA assumed control over all passenger screenings from private contractors. TSA data are incomplete for 2002


  1. Data comes from the Air Transport Association. Dara are for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines only.
  2. Knife includes any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and
    plastic cutlery.
  3. Other cutting instruments refer to, e.g., scissors, screwdrivers,
    swords, sabers, and ice picks.
  4. Club refers to baseball bats, night sticks, billy clubs, bludgeons; etc.
  5. Box cutter.
  6. Firearm refers to items like pistols, revolvers, rifles, automatic
    weapons, shotguns, parts of guns and firearms.
  7. Incendiaries refer to categories of ammunition and gunpowder,
    flammables/irritants, and explosives.
  8. As of April 14, 2005, passengers are prohibited from carrying all
    lighters on their person or in carry-on luggage or onboard an airplane.
  9. Beginning December 22, scissors with a cutting edge of four inches or less
    and tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers smaller than seven inches
    will be permitted on board. Scissors longer than four inches and tools such as
    crowbars, drills, hammers, and saws will continue to be prohibited from carry-on bags.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.