In Pictures: 26 of the craziest and scariest things the TSA has found on travellers
This slideshow has very little to do with IT. But it's really staggering to see just how stupid some people can be. Sickles, grenades, blasting machines and cannon barrels just a few items in your fellow travellers carry-ons.
Guns were the big-ticket item the U.S. Transportation Security Administration found the most of in on the traveling public 2014. Through mid December there were almost 2,200 guns discovered at TSA check-ins, up about 20% over 2013. Unless you live under a rock, trying to carry a gun onto airplane should be an obvious no-no. But guns aren’t the only things that grab the TSA’s attention. Lots of grenades, and bomb-like gear is also out there – a lot. Here’s a look at some of the things the TSA confiscated or otherwise questioned in 2014.
Not your average PlayStation
Gun parts stuffed ion a PlayStation 2. This one got the passenger arrested.
A sickle. Hmmm perhaps a farmer forgot a tool?
The parade of grenades
Grenades and grenade-shaped cologne bottles.
A stocking stuffer?
A pen and highlighter combo concealing small knives.
WWII blasting machine. Would put this in checked luggage just out of principle.
No onboard fireworks, thanks
A fireworks-style smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Washington-Dulles.
A machete was discovered concealed within the lining of a carry-on bag at Tampa.
Spear gun. Pretty sure you don’t need this is in the carry-on section.
Useful if going to Gilligan’s Island
Things that go boom
An explosives training kit was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at Northwest Florida.
92 pounds of marijuana.
An inert warhead used for training was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tucson.
That’s a special cut
Nearly three pounds of cocaine discovered in meat.
Slice and dice
A cane sword.
100 small cuts
A Kubotan is a small wooden, plastic, or metal self-defense weapon that’s usually found on a key chain ring . Certain varieties of Kubotans can pull apart to reveal a blade or pepper spray. They’re considered a martial arts weapon and are prohibited from being packed in your carry-on bags. They’re illegal in some jurisdictions and can lead to civil penalties or even arrest, the TSA said.
Maybe John Belushi was around?
You can add this one to the “items we don’t see every day” category, the TSA stated. An unloaded cannon barrel was discovered along with a passenger’s checked items at the Kahului Airport.
Just another training mission
A military training kit containing inert blasting caps, inert detonators, inert detonating cord, and inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL). The baggage room was evacuated.
Your basic stun gun disguised as a cell phone.
Bear attack deterrent.
Loaded folding rifle in carry-on bag at DFW.
A notebook cover was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albany that looked like an improvised explosive device on the X-ray monitor. There was no malicious intent, but it’s important to remember that homemade DIY projects can often look pretty ominous to our X-ray operators, the TSA said.
Again with the fireworks
Inert firework casing.
Aluminum powder (fireworks).
Perhaps going to a “Game of Thrones” convention
A pretty good sized mallet.
Your basic enchilada with a side order of knife.
Not gonna be a good morning
Novelty exploding alarm clock.