The days around July Fourth are some of the peak travel dates of the year for domestic flights in the US. This weekend, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is going to be busier than usual, screening bags in an attempt to ensure everyone travels free of terrorism or other safety threats.
In an attempt to positively influence its sometimes-problematic public image, the TSA has been operating anInstagram accountsince June 2013. The account has over 70,000 followers and shares images of the items that passengers attempt to bring in carry-on baggage – including elaborate and pretty dangerous-looking weaponry.
Below are some of the most bizarre items that people thought would be okay to bring onto an airplane.
A replica-gun belt buckle caused alarm at Los Angeles International Airport.
An inert novelty grenade was discovered at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
This inert grenade novelty item was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Seattle (SEA). While it is kind of funny, it’s prohibited altogether from both carry-on and checked baggage. So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. No big deal, right? For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSAGoodCatch
A passenger at the Dallas Love Field airport had this complement of throwing knives.
Daggers, guns, and dagger guns are all barred from carry-on luggage.
This tomahawk was discovered at Salt Lake City.
This cat chain also doubles as brass knuckles — something forbidden beyond security checkpoints.
#TSATravelTips – In addition to being a cute cat keychain, this is a punching weapon. Just as with brass knuckles, they’re prohibited from being packed or carried through the checkpoint. This one was discovered this week at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF). You can pack them in your checked baggage.
This folding throwing star was found at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
This comb dagger was found at Lihue Airport in Hawaii.
Brass knuckles, knives, and especially combination brass-knuckle knives are all banned from being brought aboard as carry-on items.
This lipstick stun gun was found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
This inert antitank mine was discovered at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport.
#TSAGoodCatch – This inert anti-tank landmine was discovered in a checked bag at Austin (AUS). If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because our explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.