BOSTON (CBS) – Do you ever wonder what happens to the items confiscated by the TSA at Logan Airport?

Most of them end up being sold by the state of New Hampshire’s surplus office.

About 8 years ago, the TSA worked out an agreement to have the surplus office pick up prohibited items that were seized at airport security checkpoints, along with any other unclaimed possessions sitting in the lost and found.

John Supry manages the Concord facility, which includes a retail store where the items are for sale.

He says reading glasses and clothing are most common.

They also see a lot of pocket knives, screw drivers, wrenches, pliers, garden tools, and even car parts like shock absorbers and brakes.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Snow globes are another popular item. Supry says they get hundreds of those in all different sizes.

They’re from all over the world: Hampton Beach and Harvard to Paris and Rome.

One of the snow globes even has a couple’s photo on it.

“It says celebrating 30 years of love, Gary and Jennifer,” Surpy said.

The oddest thing he says has seen is a sample of a medical device.

“This has something to do with spinal fusion,” Supry said. “Kind of looks like something you put in the plant pot to tell whether it needs watering or not. That’s what I thought it was at first. You know, it’s pretty weird.”

Supry says the surplus office also picks up items from three other airports in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

They collect about $40,000 each year from items that are sold.


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