LOOK: 'Tree of knives' displays Vilnius airport contraband

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 13 2019 08:37 AM

A "Christmas tree" deftly made and decorated using items that passengers had to leave behind during screening is on display at the airport departures' hall of Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 12, 2019. Petras Malukas, Agence France-Presse

VILNIUS, Lithuania - Staff at the Lithuanian airport in Vilnius came up with a sharp idea to remind travelers that safety comes first: a Christmas tree made of confiscated knives and toy guns.

The "tree" on display in the airport departures hall stands one-and-a-half meters (five feet) tall and was deftly made and decorated using items that passengers had to leave behind during screening.

"Knives, scissors, lighters, blades, and all sorts of other dangerous goods –- this Christmas tree has them all," airport spokesman Tadas Vasiliauskas told AFP.

"If you don’t want your personal, yet prohibited, belonging to land on our Christmas tree next year, you'd better check out the baggage requirements before packing for your next flight," he added.

Vilnius airport has served over 4.6 million passengers so far this year, according to official statistics posted the Lithuania Aiports website.

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