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We’ve all forgotten that rogue pair of tweezers or full water bottle in our carry-on bag as we go through security, only to have to chuck it out before getting scanned. But TSA finds a lot more than make-up tools or the odd yogurt tucked away in travelers’ things.
In 2017, over two million passengers a day traveled through 440 federalized airports, and a record setting 3,957 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country. That averages out to 76.1 firearms per week. Twenty-nine firearms were discovered in one month alone at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Other dangerous, surprising and even just plain weird items confiscated by TSA from carry-ons, checked bags, and sometimes right off a passenger’s person include hand grenades, eels, a replica gun belt buckle, animals and even human skull fragments. Check out the snaps below to see what else TSA has discovered.
#TSAGoodCatch – This “monster” holding an inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #EagleCounty (#EGE) Regional Airport in #Colorado. While this is a humorous novelty item, TSA officers don’t know items such as these are inert until explosives detection professionals, along with law enforcement, remove the item from the X-ray tunnel and resolve the alarm. This most likely will cause a closure of our checkpoint and lead to missed and delayed flights. Grenades, inert or otherwise, are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
What you’re seeing here is a cool little piece of history that was discovered in a carry-on bag by TSA officers at the Albany International Airport (ALB). It’s the original prototype of what is known today as the stabby cat. … Originally known in the mid-18th Century as “Ye Olde Cleaving Cat,” it was forged by famed blacksmith Jeduthan Jabb at his Williamsburg, Virginia shop. It had the same purpose then as it does today. Self defense. While they were permitted on wagons in the 18th century, they are not permitted in the cabin of a commercial aircraft today. … One more thing about Jeduthan Jabb. He wasn’t a very tall man. Not nearly as tall as this tale we’ve told you. In fact, he didn’t even exist. But hey, it really was discovered at ALB and it is prohibited. … Please pack these in your checked bags and be sure to familiarize yourself with local laws as these are illegal in some states.
#TSACatch #TBT In May of 2012, a disassembled gun and ammunition were discovered in three stuffed animals at the #Providence TF Green Airport (#PVD). The frame of a .40 caliber firearm was in one animal; a magazine loaded with two .40 caliber rounds and firing pin was inside another; and the slide was inside a third animal. The necessary components to assemble a fully functional loaded firearm were concealed in the three toys. This is just another example of why our officers take a closer look at everything that comes through the checkpoint.
#TBT August 2011 — Two birds were discovered during a pat-down that was being administered due to bulky clothing at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). They were wrapped in socks and taped to the leg and chest of a woman who was traveling to China. @USFWS officers arrested the woman on suspicion of smuggling and exporting an endangered species out of the United States. #TSAGoodCatch
#TBT – In March of 2013, the contents of a checked bag at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) caught our officer’s attention. After alarming in the X-ray, our officers discovered 30 electric matches, a bag of potassium chlorate, a bag of titanium powder, and a suicide vest. All of the items were inert and the passenger was an explosives instructor traveling with his training aids. #TSAGoodCatch
#TBT 2012 – These eels were discovered in a passenger’s checked bag at the #Miami (#MIA) International Airport. Among many other things, the passenger was attempting to transport 163 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates to #Maracaibo (MAR). The passenger surrendered the items to the @usfws (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). #TSAGoodCatch
#TBT – In August 2011 at the #Miami International Airport (#MIA), seven small snakes (stuffed in nylon stockings) were discovered in a traveler’s pants. In addition to the snakes, he also had three small turtles. The snakes and turtles were found using TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology which allows TSA officers to find potential threat items concealed from plain sight. @USFWS officers arrived on the scene and took custody of the reptiles. The passenger was arrested and charged with violating the Lacey Act.
#TSATravelTip: #Ecig’s and #vaping devices ARE permitted in your carry-on and checked bags. Unless they look like a grenade…This #TSACatch is a grenade-shaped vaping device that was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #SaltLakeCity International Airport. If an item looks like a grenade, it is prohibited. When these items are discovered, they can cause significant delays while explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm. While E-Cigs and vaping devices are permitted in your checked and carry-on bags, using them at an airport or on an aircraft depends upon the airport, airline, and local laws.
#TBT – This belt of ammo was discovered several years ago in a carry-on bag at the Richmond International Airport (RIC). Ammo may be transported in your checked baggage as long as it’s securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Read more: bit.ly/travelingwithfirearms.
#TSAGoodCatch – An inert anti-tank projectile was discovered in a checked bag at the Tulsa International Airport (TUL). Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, projectile, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.
#TBT In April of 2013, our officers discovered human skull fragments in clay pots at the #FortLauderdale International Airport (#FLL)! The fragments weren’t a security threat, but they slowed down the screening process because the screening area became a crime scene! The passengers had just purchased the clay pots and had no idea skull fragments were inside.