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Weapons and other surrendered items on display. (Oct. 22, 2014/FOX Carolina) Weapons and other surrendered items on display. (Oct. 22, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

For more than 13 years, air travel restrictions have increased due to safety concerns - keeping weapons, liquids and other prohibited items off of planes.

Transportation Security Administration officials at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport are reminding travelers with the holiday season approaching to check their bags and the rules before going through security.

TSA agents held a security screening seminar at GSP on Wednesday, displaying items banned from carry-on luggage. Among the surrendered items were grenades, guns, knives and liquids larger than 3.4 ounces.

As far as firearms, TSA agents said they've seen a 25 percent increase in the last year with more than 1,800 guns were taken at airports across the country. They said weapons may be confiscated if law enforcement is brought in, which could significantly slow down those security screenings - sometimes up to an hour.

"We're calling in local law enforcement, so that could cause major delays. It could cause all kinds of different things, so really pay attention to what you have with you," said Mark Howell, a TSA spokesperson.

TSA agents at GSP have seized more than 100 pounds a month of weaponry and said people often forget the weapon is stowed away in their bags. 

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