Love them or hate them, employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have a pretty tough job. Not only are they tasked with keeping us safe while we travel, they encounter lots of kickback. But some of the things they find during searches will leave you scratching your head.
You'd think there wouldn't be any problems. The list of prohibited items for travelers is pretty extensive, even including items such as fireworks, box cutters and knitting needles. But it looks like some people never got the memo. Here are 10 of the craziest items the TSA has confiscated.
1. Grenades, lots of them
These are just a few of the inert grenades that were discovered in checked and carry-on bags last year. 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. Anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
Here's a scary fact. You never know what might be flying with you on a plane. Although these grenades are inert, they still cause problems. Explosives professionals must determine whether or not these items are dangerous, which means finding one of these in a checked or carry-on bag could delay the flight, or even lead to a complete shutdown.
2. Spear guns
You may have just enjoyed a vacation out on the ocean, but if you try to pack your spearfishing gun in your carry-on bag, you'll be in some hot water. Spear guns are not allowed in the cabin of a plane. To fly, they must be packed in your checked luggage.
3. Dragon claws
Dragons may not exist, but that doesn't stop some people from letting their imaginations get the best of them. While these "dragon claws" may be good for a laugh among friends, they'll get you into trouble if you pack them in your carry-on.
Is this some kind of confangled rotisserie contraption for turkeys? Nope. These are Sai. If you’re a #TeenageMutantTurtle fan, you’ll know the Sai as Raphael’s weapon or choice. If you still have no clue, a Sai is a weapon used for striking, bludgeoning and punctures. Whatever it is you use them for, please know they must be packed in checked baggage. These were discovered in a carry-on bag at Boise (BOI). #TheMoreYouKnow
Everyone wants to be a ninja, but that doesn't mean they should go to extremes. Sai were made famous thanks to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They may be the weapon of choice for the TMNT's Rafael, but in real life, they can cause some serious damage. These were confiscated after they were found in a carry-on bag at the Boise airport.
5. Laptop bombs
There's a reason the TSA asks you to send your laptop through the scanner. Unfortunately, some people out there try to sneak explosives onto the plane by hiding them in laptops. After seeing this image, you'll probably never be upset about this extra security step again. Just imagine what could have happened if the TSA hadn't discovered this bomb in someone's luggage.
No, we're not talking about the other passengers you'll be traveling with. Although, you may encounter a few questionable people in that regard too. But, chances are, you won't see too many mummified props making their way through security. This particular prop was from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie set, and since he could fit through the screener, he was actually allowed to fly!
7. Angle grinders
Why anyone would want to travel with tools like this is beyond me, but you might have guessed that this item didn't make it. All power tools are prohibited from the cabin of planes. Thank goodness.
Batman doesn't fly on his own, that's true. But there are those who try to take their Batman memorabilia with them. In the Charlottesville, Albermarle Airport, these three batarangs were found in a passenger's carry-on.
9. Giant Teddy bears
Click on the link in our profile to read a blog post on this subject. ***UPDATE*** After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we’ve learned that he’s a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind.*** Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips
This example is pretty sad. After one passenger tried to take a giant Teddy bear on board, the TSA turned him down. The bear was too big to fit through the scanner and wound up abandoned by its owner at the airport.
10. Five-bladed floggers
While some travelers are worried about packing nail clippers (they are allowed), others pack a pair of five-bladed floggers. You guessed it; these are not allowed in carry-on bags. If you’re in a situation where you’re going to need your floggers, they’ll have to be packed in checked baggage. These were discovered last week in a carry-on bag at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IAH). #TSATravelTips
Remember Edward Scissorhands? Well, you wouldn't want to fly next to him on a plane, would you? That doesn't mean some people haven't tried it. These floggers were discovered in a carry-on bag at the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.
Bonus: What can you take on board?
Have you ever wondered what you can and cannot take onto a plane in your carry-on luggage? If you're ever unsure, you can actually snap a photo and send a tweet to @AskTSA. You can also check out this list of prohibited items on the TSA's website.