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CHEEKTOWAGA, New York (CBS) –  Guns, hatchets and bats are found too often at the flight security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration found 400 pounds of weapons and prohibited items at the Buffalo Airport in the past three months.

TSA Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein warned you need to plan ahead.

“We want passengers to think before they come to an airport,” Farbstein said. “Think about what your going to pack. Think about what you’re not going to pack”.

They agents at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport confiscated 30 pounds worth of knives.

The TSA says guns, knives and bats are allowed on planes but they must be checked onto an aircraft before boarding.

“Basically, you need to make sure that your firearm is unloaded, that it’s in a hard sided case,” Farbstein said. “That the case is locked, and then you take it directly to your check in counter and declare it.”

When travelers remember what to stow in their luggage it helps cut down on wait times at security checkpoints. That way officials don’t have to hold up the line to check your bag.

To help remind passengers not to carry prohibited items on an aircraft, the TSA has an app. It’s called my TSA. It’s free and downloadable from their website.

The TSA doesn’t just throw out the items confiscated at security checkpoints.  The items are usually sold back to consumers at state auctions.

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