The Most Ridiculous Items The TSA’s Ever Confiscated

YOU WOULD THINK that Americans would by now know that trying to carry a gun-shaped knife, a bullet-adorned gas mask, or an inert anti-tank mine onto an airliner is a very bad idea. But no. Apparently some people still haven’t received the memo.

Inert anti-tank landmine, Austin Bergstrom International AirportTSA
Inert anti-tank landmine, Austin Bergstrom International AirportTSA
Replica firearm belt buckle, Los Angeles International AirportTSA
Replica firearm belt buckle, Los Angeles International AirportTSA

Hardly a day goes by when someone, somewhere doesn’t try boarding a flight carrying something stupid. Like, say, a loaded 9 mm handgun packed into a computer. Or a baggie of weed stashed in a fake Coke can. The TSA social media team chronicles it all in the amazing, and alarming, TSA Instagram feed. You can expect TSA agents to be busy this week as 49 million people take to the skies for Thanksgiving.

Since launching the Instagram account three years ago, the TSA team has posted more than 1,000 photos and amassed 514,000 followers. Each image features a good-natured, nerdy caption. “Attention! This is not a drill… It’s just a really large wrench. Tools over 7″ must be packed in checked baggage” and “I have a pen. I have a knife. Uh! Knife Pen!”

Knife pen, Kansas City International AirportTSA
Knife pen, Kansas City International AirportTSA
Skull-adorned throwing knives, Chicago O'Hare International AirportTSA
Skull-adorned throwing knives, Chicago O’Hare International AirportTSA
Gun knife, Detroit Metropolitan Airport TSA
Gun knife, Detroit Metropolitan Airport TSA

Apparently, the account left some passengers confused about whether a sword cane is OK, so now the TSA team takes questions. If you’re wondering whether a hatchet or hard-boiled egg counts as carry-on, just tweet a photo to @askTSA. But if you have to ask, maybe you ought to just leave it at home.

Bejeweled lipstick stun gun, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International AirportTSA
Bejeweled lipstick stun gun, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International AirportTSA
Too many nunchucks, Newark Liberty International AirportTSA
Too many nunchucks, Newark Liberty International AirportTSA
Homemade replica suicide vest, Richmond International AirportTSA
Homemade replica suicide vest, Richmond International AirportTSA
Axe wedged behind the handle of a carry-on bag, Tampa International AirportTSA
Axe wedged behind the handle of a carry-on bag, Tampa International AirportTSA
Knuckle knife, Memphis International AirportTSA
Knuckle knife, Memphis International AirportTSA
Marijuana smuggled in a Coke can with a false topTSA
Marijuana smuggled in a Coke can with a false topTSA
Impaler cane, Baltimore–Washington International AirportTSA
Impaler cane, Baltimore–Washington International AirportTSA
Inert rocket propelled grenade, Raleigh-Durham International AirportTSA
Inert rocket propelled grenade, Raleigh-Durham International AirportTSA
Pair of five-bladed floggers, Houston George Bush Intercontinental AirportTSA
Pair of five-bladed floggers, Houston George Bush Intercontinental AirportTSA
Loaded 9mm firearm inside of a computer, Houston George Bush Intercontinental AirportTSA
Loaded 9mm firearm inside of a computer, Houston George Bush Intercontinental AirportTSA
Trailer hitch hand grenade, San Luis Obispo County Regional AirportTSA
Trailer hitch hand grenade, San Luis Obispo County Regional AirportTSA
Belt knife, Detroit Metropolitan AirportTSA
Belt knife, Detroit Metropolitan AirportTSA

source: wired.com by 

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