TSA confiscates Airsoft gun in carry-on at HNL

Published On: Feb 21 2014 02:06:31 PM HST

TSA Blog

Airsoft gun confiscated at HNL.

HONOLULU -

An Airsoft gun was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at the Honolulu International Airport, according to the TSA Blog.

Transportation Security Administration officials say Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but are allowed in checked baggage.

Airsoft guns are like paintball guns except it shoots plastic pellets.  Although it doesn't shoot real bullets, they look very realistic.

Most of the guns have orange tips on the muzzles, but on the X-ray screen, they look like the real thing.  This will cause an incident and will delay you and your fellow passengers.

Airsoft guns are prohibited from the aircraft because they're considered a realistic replica and would likely cause panic and commotion if seen on a plane.

Like paintball guns, Airsoft guns are perfectly fine to transport in your checked baggage, and as with BB and pellet guns, there is no need to declare them as you would a real firearm.

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