Flyers forget common sense at home – a peek at some travelers’ confiscated goods.
In our modern age of heightened security, most flyers use common sense when packing their bags to clear the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) luggage checks at airports. But thanks to TSA’s Instagram feed @tsa, we can look back at TSA’s unexpected finds.
Seems one flyer couldn’t wait to get their hands on freshly-sliced deli meat. The TSA is asking that flyers either pack their meat slicers in checked bags or leave them at home.
“This meat slicer was discovered recently in a carry-on bag at the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW),” TSA said. “Blades on slicers, and food processors are razor sharp and are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags.”
If BBQ is on your mind, TSA also asks that flyers buy propane tanks at their destination. The agency found three full propane tanks, prohibited in carry-on and checked baggage, at the Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California.
Meanwhile, some flyers appear to anticipate a wild ride, as three cans of bear mace were found in carry-on bags at Great Falls (GTF), Glacier Park (FCA) and Pocatello (PIH).
“A reminder about bear repellant: It’s best to buy it at your destination. Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft,” TSA said. “You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN.”
So, please, leave your bear repellent at home.
Also on the TSA no-go list: flyers’ detonated airbags.
“An airbag was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Sacramento (#SMF) International Airport,” TSA said. “According to the FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Material, airbag actuators are on the list of hazardous materials and are prohibited from transport aboard passenger aircraft.”
Explosives, real, fake or imagined, are absolutely prohibited from airports and aircraft. Nonetheless, they dominated TSA’s Instagram feed this year. Agents found novelty grenades, inert mortar rounds and a “burning book” in one flyer’s bags.
“While the safety of a burning book in baggage can surely be questioned, our officers were concerned for other reasons as it resembles an improvised explosive device,” TSA said about the magic-gag burning book.
At the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Ky., a cannonball landed in a checked bag. What’s the big fuss? Inert or replica items such as cannonballs look very real on X-rays, and TSA officers won’t know if they are explosives until detection professionals and law enforcement inspect said items, which could lead to checkpoint closure and delayed flights.
That includes explosive drilling devices, a scale model of which was found in a checked bag at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
“For those not in the know, a batarang is a bat-shaped throwing weapon used by the Caped Crusader,” TSA said. “While all throwing weapons are prohibited from carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked bags as long as they don’t violate any local laws.”
Finally, drug smuggling continues to inspire novelty, as in this jar of peanut butter containing marijuana.
“As we’ve said before, we’re not looking for illegal narcotics, but we have to report them to law enforcement when discovered,” the agency said.
To see more interesting TSA finds, click here.
[Photo: TSA Instagram]