Security Confiscations Turn Up on e-Bay

What happens to all the items that get confiscated during security checks at U.S. airports? Items like machetes, gardening tools and hockey sticks are being auctioned off on e-Bay.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

You know, it's one thing to hand over your grande mocha half-caff latte before getting on your flight, but what happens to all those confiscated Swiss Army knives and nail clippers? Turns out some of them end up in a government warehouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - where they're auctioned off on eBay.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

So far, the Pennsylvania General Services Department has received sombreros, machetes, a hundred sets of handcuffs - some of them fur-lined - as well as auto parts, gardening tools, and hockey sticks. Could this have been a plot of a different kind? The department reports that it has earned more than $300,000 since the program began.

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