25 Weirdest Items The TSA Has Confiscated From Passengers
Scroll through the Transportation Security Administration's Instagram account and you'll see photos of peculiar and sometimes dangerous items passengers have brought to airports across the country. TSA uses its social media accounts to offer travel tips and answer questions from passengers asking if they can bring items such as Grandma's leftover pie, a watermelon, a small dog or a Silverback gorilla on their flight. (Pies, watermelons and dogs can generally fly, but the gorilla cannot.) The TSA has revealed the top weirdest things it has found on passegners. Take a look at what items made the list.
25. Hand Grenade Trailer Hitch, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
"Your trailer hitch hand grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSATravelTips This inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag recently at the SBP airport," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
24. Hello Kitty Firearm, Bradley International Airport
"While firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, you can pack them in your checked baggage, as long as you meet the packing guidelines: bit.ly/travelingwithfirearms. This firearm was discovered recently in a carry-on bag at the Bradley (BDL) International Airport. #TSAGoodCatch," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
23. Replica of Negan's Bat, Lucille, from "The Walking Dead," Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
"This replica of @AMCTheWalkingDead’s “Lucille” was discovered recently in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL). The barbed wire is actually made from rubber and the blood is fake (we hope). However, baseball bats are prohibited from carry-on bags and must be packed in checked luggage. #TWD #Negan We’re just glad Lucille wasn’t thirsty," wrote TSA in an Instagram post.
22. Inert Golden Hand Grenade, Newark Liberty International Airport
"This inert golden grenade was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Newark (EWR). While it is pretty fancy, it’s prohibited altogether from both carry-on and checked baggage. So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. No big deal, right? For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSAGoodCatch," wrote TSA in an Instagram post.
21. Homemade Replica Suicide Vest, Richmond International Airport
"Don’t pack your homemade replica suicide vest. The traveler who packed this vest in his checked bag at Richmond (RIC) stated it was a prop intended for use in a live-action role-playing game (LARP). TSA explosives experts raced to the checked baggage room and the airport police were called immediately. Fortunately, the explosives experts determined the vest posed no danger. It has yet to be determined if the officer who searched the bag needed a change of clothing," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
20. Bladed Dragon Claw, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
"We’re pretty sure this isn’t a letter opener. A bladed dragon claw perhaps??? Whatever it is, it should be packed in checked baggage. It was discovered in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL)," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
19. 5 Dead Endangered Seahorses in a Brandy Bottle, Detroit Metropolitan Airport
"An oversized bottle of liquor was detected in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW). Not only was the large bottle of liquor prohibited, but so were the five dead endangered seahorses that were inside the bottle. Michigan Fish and Game responded and confiscated the bottle," wrote TSA in an Instagram post.
18. Five-Bladed Flogger, George Bush Intercontinental Airport
"While some travelers are worried about packing nail clippers (they are allowed), others pack a pair of five-bladed floggers. You guessed it; these are not allowed in carry-on bags. If you’re in a situation where you’re going to need your floggers, they’ll have to be packed in checked baggage. These were discovered last week in a carry-on bag at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IAH). #TSATravelTips," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
17. "Post-Apocalyptic Bullet Adorned Gas Mask," Miami International Airport
"Packing list: Socks. ✅ Toothbrush. ✅ Curling Iron. ✅ Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask. ❌ While gas masks are allowed in carry-on bags, replica bullets are not. This was discovered in a carry-on bag at Miami (MIA). Maybe he was catching a one way flight to #FuryRoad?" wrote TSA in an Instagram post.
16. Fake Corpse From "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
"Talk about deadheading... This crusty ol' chap is actually a prop from the #TexasChainsawMassacre movie. He was brought through a checkpoint at the Atlanta (#ATL) International Airport, where as you can see, he was screened and sent on his jolly way," TSA wrote in an Instagram post.
15. Real Snakes On A Plane
The TSA Blog says a container of dead venomous snakes was found in checked baggage at Newark. The TSA notes too that dead snakes are not prohibited from flying on planes. The large liquid jar holding the snakes needed to be inspected due to an explosive detection system alarm.
14. Saw Blades On A Plan
Not quite but this traveler tried to bring them on tucked in a iPad. The TSA put the kibosh on this packaging, though let the passenger board his flight. Apparently these were Christmas gifts.
13. Peanut Butter Pot
The TSA blog noted that this was the third time they’d noted passengers tried to hide marijuana in a jar of peanut butter. Sounds like the passenger was just planning for the munchies.
12. A Flask Of Black Powder
Five ounces of black powder in a small flask was discovered at Syracuse. Even an amount as small as 5 ounces of black powder in a small container can cause a significant explosion.
11. A Cannonball
A cannonball was discovered in checked baggage at Ft. Lauderdale. The TSA blog says it wasn’t malicious, just a diver who found the old projectile near a 1750-1800 era shipwreck. It was determined that the coral covered cannonball was explosively viable which triggered an evacuation of the checked baggage area and a visit from a TSA explosives specialist and a Broward County bomb technician.
10. Stun Gun
A stun gun designed to look like a cell phone. Those data overcharges can be shocking.
An inert IED with a block of simulated SEMTEX-H explosives, and a simulated blasting cap were discovered in checked baggage at Columbus.
8. IED Watch At Oakland Airport
Yet another IED scare this one a strange watch resembling an IED component was discovered at Oakland.
7. Powder Horn
A powder horn with approximately three ounces of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Little Rock.
6. Samurai Swords At JFK
Samurai swords at JFK. John Belushi would have been proud.
5. A Walker With A Knife
The TSA noted that usually the only attachments you see on walkers are tennis balls, but this one had a knife mounted on the front.
4. Ninja Stars
These are not Christmas tree decorations. Rather these throwing stars were found at a number of checkpoints.
3. Mickey's Packing At T.F. Green Airport
TSA shows parts of a pistol that were found hidden in a stuffed animal at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I.
2. Bear Mace
A large can of bear mace was found concealed in the passenger’s sock at Newark airport because you know those bears in Newark are unruly.
1. Grenade Launcher
A grenade launcher was discovered during a search in checked baggage at Seattle Tacoma.