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Items seized by airport security to be returned

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LEAGUE CITY, Texas -- Lose those heirloom nail clippers at airport security that Grandpa left to you?

The federal Transportation Security Administration has come up with an alternative to forfeiture of such items without hope ofretrieval.

The TSA is setting up automated mailing kiosks in major international airports to allow travelers to mail home their items that are forbidden aboard aircraft.

League City-based ReturnKey Systems developed the kiosks with the help of the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, the U.S. Postal Service and local law agencies.

The kiosks use touch-screen technology, audio and video prompting and step-by-step instructions to get that heirloom pocket knife home.

The kiosks have already been set up at Newark, Washington Dulles, New York LaGuardia and Houston Bush airports. More deployments are planned in the coming year.

ReturnKey Systems founder Steve Kranyec says TSA hopes to reduce checkpoint arguments that can hold up lines at screening points.

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