15 weird items confiscated by TSA

Your bags are packed and all set for the vacation of your family’s dreams. But you find yourself waiting a little longer than usual in security because TSA found something suspect in a traveler’s bag. And what they find you won’t believe. 


“I would just say we have seen it all,” says TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein. There’s good reason to think they have seen it all when you consider over 1.8 million passengers are screened at more than 450 airports around the United States.

What do you do when you find these weird things people try to take on planes? You put ‘em on the Internet. 

Feinstein explains, “We have been posting these items on our blog – blog.tsa.gov – for years. We decided to start using Instagram to highlight the interested prohibited items passengers try to take on an airplane.

“While the vast majority of these passengers just ‘forgot’ these items in their carry-on bag, it delays not only that passenger, but others at the checkpoint, as many times screening has to be suspended until law enforcement arrives.”

So what kind of out-there items have been taken by TSA? Well, you just need to see for yourself.

1. 81 pounds of marijuana - Oakland International Airport

81 pounds of marijuana

2. Throwing star with knives - McCarran International (Las Vegas)

Throwing star with knives

3. Shotgun in a golf bag - Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Shotgun in a golf bag

4. Drugs in hollowed out book - Philadelpiha International Airport

Drugs in hollowed out book

5. Inert mortar round - Washington Dulles International

Inert mortar round

6. Dynamite alarm clock - Kansas City International

Dynamite alarm clock

7. Cigarette stun gun - Cleveland Hopkins International

Cigarette stun gun

8. Hidden knives - various airports

Hidden knives

9. Swiss Army smartphone - Logan International Airport

Swiss Army smartphone

10. Wrapped grenade - Los Angeles International

Wrapped grenade

11. Cobra cane - La Guardia Airport

Cobra cane

12. Comb knife - Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Comb knife

13. Batarangs - Newark Liberty International


14. Stun gun phone - Ted Stevens Anchorage International

Stun gun phone

15. Flail - Chicago Midway International


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