Air Passenger Fines

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Since just after Nine-Eleven, the government has intercepted more than 1600 firearms, more than three million knives and more than 57,000 incendiary devices from people heading onto commercial airliners.

The Transportation Security Administration has had enough, and now plans to start imposing hefty fines on those who are caught with contraband at the nation's airports.

Under the new guidelines, anyone caught trying to sneak a knife onto a jetliner could be fined as much as $250, while someone with an explosive could be hit with a $10,000 penalty.

David Stempler of the Air Travelers Association acknowledges that fines "may help awaken a sleeping population here."

The guidelines call for going easy on children, inexperienced flyers or people who disclose that they are carrying something they shouldn't.

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