15 of the Craziest Things Confiscated by the TSA
The quickest way to get to a travel destination is to fly. Flying, however can be expensive and restrictive. Depending on the airline, where you want to go and the time you want to fly, tickets can cost almost $1000. On top of paying big bucks for a flight, getting through security is a hassle in itself. You can’t bring as much stuff as you want on a flight, there are restrictions as to what you can bring. Some people either don’t know about the laws or they just feel that they can outsmart the Transportation Security Administration. Over the years people have tried to sneak the weirdest things in the craziest ways past TSA only to have those things confiscated.
Guns Stuffed in the Craziest Places The second amendment allows American citizens to own and carry firearms. Traveling with those firearms can be risky and may have some consequences if you don’t follow the proper procedures. On a yearly basis TSA confiscates over 200 guns and most of them are loaded which is illegal. The way people try to hide their guns is the crazy part. TSA has found loaded guns in stuffed animals and even potted plants.
Batman Throwing Stars Batman is a very popular comic book character and many people are died hard fans of the Dark Knight. Many people may have some memorabilia. Some of the stuff that people have are normal, t-shirts and belt buckles. Batman unlike most has his own plane to get around in. A Batman wannabe in San Diego was caught with throwing stars in the shape of the Batman sign. I’m not sure what he planned to use these for but the TSA has them now.
Breast Pump In 2012 a mother of a 9 month old baby was told she couldn’t board her plane in Hawaii in with her breast pump. The reason for TSA not allowing her to bring her breast pump was because the milk bottles were empty. Embarrassingly, the woman was forced to go to the bathroom to fill the bottles with milk. Later TSA had to issue an apology for treating the lady in such a matter and taking her breast pump.
Grenade Launcher Firearms are legal to own but certain weapons are illegal for the public to have. Military grade weapons are not for civilians to wield around. In Seattle, a grenade launcher was found in a many possession. Fortunately the weapon had no grenades in it when it was confiscated by TSA. I’m not sure if the grenade launcher was for show or meant to be used, but it is now the property of TSA.
Grenades I could have been possible that the previous man in Seattle with the grenade launcher was trying to meet this man in Texas, who had grenades with him when he tried to board a plane. TSA agents at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport found a live 40mm explosive grenade in one man’s luggage. The guy was pretty honest about the situation. TSA explained that, “It was a soldier who made a mistake and in the end, no charges were filed.”
Gassed Chainsaw I doubt a chainsaw is on the list of things that you can fly with. A guy in Elmira, New York tried to board a plane with a chainsaw and he might have been able to make it to his destination, but the chainsaw had gas in it, which was not gonna fly with TSA . Who did this guy think he was, a lumber jack? I’m glad the TSA were on their toes with this one.
Spear Gun There really aren’t too many things that require the use of a spear gun while 30,000 feet in the air (Unless you’re fly fishing. Get it!). One man in Raleigh, North Carolina still felt the need to bring his on the flight. TSA agents were able confiscate it at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Cellphone Stun Gun Stun Gun? There’s an app for that. The TSA finds plenty of stun guns, but this one, masked as a cellphone takes the cake. Officials in Indianapolis found this in a women’s carry on bag. Need less to say, stun guns are a definite no-no inside the flight cabin. Making it look like a cell phone means that she knew she was in the wrong. Shame on her.
Human Bones Here’s a weird one. TSA agents at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport discovered human skull fragments in a clay pot in checked luggage. The owners of the bag said they did not know there were skull fragments in the pots. That had to be an unpleasant surprise for everyone involved. The passengers whom the pots belonged to said they purchased then while in Cuba from a “religious type shop.”
Cannonball People always bring home a souvenir back with them after going on a vacation, as a keep sake to remind them of their travels. Most people bring back crappy coffee mugs, ugly t-shirts, key-chains and refrigerator magnets. A man who went to Ft. Lauderdale for vacation wanted to return with a rare token. While in Ft. Lauderdale he found an 18th century, coral-covered cannonball while exploring a shipwreck. TSA determined that the projectile was still potentially explosive even after centuries underwater, and had to evacuate the checked baggage area and call in a bomb squad.
Rocket Launcher After the 9/11 attacks is when airport security across the nation revises its methods and became more strict. Many people complain about the hassle waiting in long lines, just to almost strip when you get to the metal detectors. The good people in Latrobe, Pennsylvania learned not to complain about airport security measure so much when TSA at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport found an AT4 rocket launcher in a man’s checked luggage.
Bazooka Round I don’t know what it is about Texas, but they love there weapons. The saying goes everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the criminal weapons charges. An old bazooka round was found in a passenger’s bag at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Law enforcement officers established a 100-foot perimeter around the item and evacuated the baggage area and terminals near the item in fear that the round could be live. Five delayed flights later, it was determined to be not live.
Inert Detonator Obviously, this is scary. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a passenger had a bomb detonator in their luggage. It is an unwritten rule that everyone knows that you can’t even whisper the word “bomb” on a airplane without repercussions. For whatever reason this person thought it was fine to try to bring on a bomb detonator on the airplane even if it wasn’t active. The passenger explained they “had been at a conference where the items were given out as souvenirs.”
Weed Grinder The legalization of marijuana is quickly spreading all over the world. Even though people are becoming more acceptable to smoking marijuana, it is still illegal in most parts of the world including majority of the United States. So if you have any marijuana or drug paraphernalia, don’t bring it on the plane. Especially if it looks like a grenade. A person in Ohio, had a weed grinder that was shaped like a hand grenade. The grinder was obviously confiscated and the passenger was probably arrested too.
M-80s An X-ray screening in Philadelphia International Airport reveals one passenger trying to carry on three M-80 fireworks, along with “a water bottle wrapped in black electrical tape and filled with flash powder.” Unsurprisingly, the man was arrested.
We saved the best for last, these are the most crazy of all.