NO WAY! TSA Confiscated This!


For many travelers, TSA is synonymous with body-searches, unnecessary stress, delays, and confiscating your belongings — but, screening almost 2 million air passengers daily means you’re bound to upset many. Yet,  the screenings result in an average of five firearms, and even more other types of prohibited items found in carry-on baggage each day. So, before you judge overzealous airport security agents, just have a look at the insane items they seize on a daily basis. You’ll be thankful TSA takes the time they do to keep us safe.

Crazy things people try to fly with
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Weapons

The fact that American passengers frequently try to travel with their guns is not a surprise. What is a surprise, however, is that so many people ignore the safe way to fly with firearms and ammunition. Simply put, the gun must be unloaded, declared, and properly packaged.

Firearms

You wouldn't believe the variety of firearms seized on the daily!
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Even more firearms

Guns, guns, all sorts of guns!
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Spear guns

As a rule of thumb, anything that can be weaponized is best kept in a checked bag — including spear guns, which seem to be a very popular carry-on item.
tsa seize speargun

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Bazookas

A Ba. Zoo. Ka!
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Batarangs and other throwing knives

Sometimes, there are super heroes on the plane. Here, we have Batman, Deadpool, and Cat’s Eyes…

Batarangs and other throwing weapons
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Hatchet

A hatchet.
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Sais, shukos and other ninja gear

Hmm… Looks like they caught Raphael…

TSA seizes octagonal sais
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Katana and Samurai sword

…. And Leonardo!

An authentic samurai sword!
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Death Star? (or whatever this is)

This one gives a whole new meaning to “Death Star”. Take that, Empire!

Giving a whole new meaning to "Death Star"
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Explosive and inflammable items

Remember: anything that looks like real-life explosives or weaponry is prohibited.

Inert explosives and realistic replicas

These just ain’t gonna fly!

These realistic replicas just ain't gonna fly!
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Yes, that is a real 60mm mortar shell!

Yes, that is a real-life mortar shell!
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IED training kit
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Spooky Halloween costumes

Halloween costumes to real to fly...
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Real explosives

Airsoft grenades seized at airport
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Fireworks

Happy Fourth, America. But no! Fireworks are never allowed on planes, and that is just common sense. Really!
Happy 4th of July!

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Concealed weapons

Pen gun

Well, well, Mr Bond. We meet again!
Bond will be flying without his pen gun

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Pen knife, pendant blade and credit card knife

TSA seize concealed blades
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Belt buckle knife, shoe knife and sword canes

Artfully concealed weapons
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Swiss Army Phones

The official Swiss Army iPhone
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Stun phones

Don’t think this is just your friendly Hello Kitty mobile phone  this baby packs enough power to knock you out.
Stun gun concealed as a mobile phone

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Stun canes

Just as ingenious as the mobile phone, the stun cane is an upgrade from the traditional sword cane. I bet the Daredevil wasn’t too far away.
TPA stun gun

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Killer beauty accessories

Combs and hairbrush

Taking the concept of ‘looking sharp’ to a whole new level: a literal one.
Talking about a killer grooming kit

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Looking sharp!
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Lipsticks

The essential lipstick line for a true “femme fatale!”

TSA seize blade concealed in lipstick
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Pepper-spray lipstick
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Antiques

Cannon

This cannon is, in a TSA bloggers’ words, an “item [they] don’t see everyday”.
Authentic unloaded canon.

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Antique dagger

Antique dagger stacked in a travel pillow.
Richly decorated dagger stashed in neck pillow

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Bear mace

You know… just in case you need to keep that invasive guy in the next seat at bay, and prevent him from taking over your personal space.
Bear attack deterrent: also effective against the guy in the next seat!

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Live animals

Birds wrapped in socks

Some people get outraged by pat-downs, yet, it was an effective tool to spot and save two endangered birds wrapped in socks and strapped onto a traveler’s body. How often does this happen? More often than you’d think.
Birds wrapped in socks!

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Snakes and turtles

Tiny snakes and turtles smuggled in... pants!
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Marijuana

Peanut buttered pot

Peanut butter pot
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Overweight bags

81 pounds of contraband marijuana
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The Big List of Crazy Items TSA Seizes Daily
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Before you judge the TSA security checks for delaying you or testing your patience, have a look at the crazy items TSA agents screen and seize every day!
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