The Transportation Security Administration’s Instagram account might be the government’s best internet presence. From weapons to bear repellant to farm tools to more weapons—seriously, there are so many knives—we scrolled through the TSA’s account for some of the more bizarre and hilarious things the agency has seized at airport gates lately.
For future reference, “Batarangs” should be left in the Bat Cave
Even if the ninjas at the flea market have a great sale
One man’s trash is another man’s live World War I explosive
A traveler approached customer service prior to entering the checkpoint at Portland (PDX). He stated that he had some military collectables and wasn’t sure how to travel with them. When told to wait for a TSA Explosives Specialist, he simply wanted to throw them in the trash. The items were found to be actual live military ordnance. He was in possession of a live WWI projectile fuse, a live WWI grenade, and an inert grenade. They were given to him by a friend to sell for extra money. The Portland Air National Guard EOD team took possession of the items. This traveler did the right thing by asking first. We are very grateful that nobody was injured.
Bear-ter safe than sorry (Sorry!)
I’m not sure why you’d bring this into the cabin of an aircraft. I mean… if there is a bear on the plane, he bought a ticket same as you. Would you want a bear to walk up to your seat and spray you with mace? Doubtful… Now if you’re out in the forest and he’s trying to steal your pic-a-nic basket, that’s a different story. All varieties of mace are not allowed in carry-on property. Mace can be packed in checked baggage, but bear mace canisters usually exceed the allowable volume of less than four ounces. it also must have less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. It’s best to purchase the bear mace at your destination. This canister of mace was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Satan’s fidget spinner, enough said
“If you find yourself needing to travel with your sickle, please toss it in your checked bag.”
If this were frozen, one might call it an “ice” sickle… Whatever you want to call it, please know that it’s prohibited in carry-on bags. If you find yourself needing to travel with your sickle, please toss it in your checked bag. This was discovered in a carry-on bag at the John Wayne Airport (SNA).
Better luck next time