You Need To Follow The TSA Instagram Right Now
Where else are you gonna find a bag of eels, really?
Sometimes people do the darndest things. Like, say, try and smuggle 92 pounds of marijuana through the airport security line.
Thankfully, the TSA has an informative/hilarious Instagram page that captures some of the best things recovered in security searches.
Their Insta chronicles typical confiscated items, like handguns.
#TSAGoodCatch – This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Atlanta (#ATL) International Airport. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000.00 for having a firearm on their person or in their carry-on bag. Learn how to properly travel with firearms in checked baggage at: http://bit.ly/TravelingWithFirearms
This one was loaded.
To the truly bizarre.
#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.
Fun fact: Anything that resembles a hand grenade is gonna get confiscated.
Oh sure, take your bag of eels across state lines.
#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
According to the TSA, “the passenger was attempting to transport 163 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates” into Venezuela.
Or your pantyhose filled with tiny snakes.
#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.
Yes, that’s an actual thing someone tried to smuggle through a security check point.
There are tons of weapons confiscated, like this smoke grenade.
A MORTAR ROUND.
A gaggle of knives.
And tactical axes.
People are always trying to smuggle hand grenades through, for some reason.
#TSACatch – This inert hand grenade was discovered last Thursday in a carry-on bag at #NewOrleans (#MSY) International Airport. Items such as this grenade can cause significant delays while the explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm. Grenades, real or otherwise, are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
Another hand grenade.
#TSACatch – All of these items were discovered recently by officers at #TSA checkpoints. The #Batarangs were discovered at the #Chicago #OHare International Airport, the inert grenade on the left was discovered in a carry-on bag at #Wilmington International Airport, the novelty bomb was discovered at the General Mitchell International Airport in #Milwaukee, and the inert grenade on the right was discovered in a checked bag at the #Austin Bergstrom International Airport. If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, etc., it’s prohibited, because items such as these can cause significant delays while the explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm.
So many hand grenades.
Some people use ~creative~ means of trying to smuggle weapons through — like stuffed animals.
#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.
This knife was found stuffed into the sole of a shoe.
This inert grenade was stuffed inside a stuffed animal penguin.
#TBT #TSACatch – In July of 2009, an inert grenade was discovered inside a stuffed penguin at the #Manchester – #Boston Regional Airport. All grenades or anything that even looks like a grenade are prohibited from both checked and carry-on bags. When these items are discovered, they can cause significant delays while explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm.
And these knife blades were found taped into a Scooby Doo greeting card.
Important rule: You may check your sword in your luggage but you can’t put it in your carry-on.
The account also features the cute doggies of the TSA K9 unit. THIS IS ROKO.
And here is Hilbert. HILBERT!
So remember: Have a great trip and leave your C4 explosive at home.