SoFla Traveler Says TSA Took Hair Gel, But Not Box Cutters

A Broward County man says that a Transportation Security Agent agent at Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International confiscated his hair gel... but left his box cutter in his bag.

The unidentified man said TSA agents searched his carry-on bag on July 19 and removed the hair gel. 

However, later on-board the flight to Newark, the man noticed the agents had left the box cutter in a backpack.

"It is rare for a TSA officer to miss a prohibited item and we do continue to take the discovery of knives and other prohibited items seriously." the TSA said in a statement. "However, in today's post 9/11 security environment, intelligence tells us our officers’ greatest focus remains on the threat that could take down an aircraft - explosives and improvised explosive devices."

Federal regulations prohibit people bringing more than 3.4 ounces liquids as a carry-on items. The rule is designed to prevent people from bringing liquid explosives aboard planes.

Passengers were banned from carrying box cutters aboard planes after the Sept. 11 attacks. 

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