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The 5 Craziest Things Passengers Tried to Sneak by the TSA in May

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If the TSA confiscates your bottle with “water residue” or a tube of shaving cream that’s a bit too large, don’t be embarrassed. The nation’s airport security agency has seen (and confiscated) some seriously crazy items this month, several of which are highlighted on the TSA’s Instagram account.

With all the negative coverage the TSA has been receiving lately, it’s good to see the agency having some fun — and blocking these potentially lethal items from getting on board a passenger flight. Read on to find out which items we think are the most ridiculous that passengers tried to sneak by the screeners over the past few weeks.

1. Comb Dagger

Your dagger, even concealed in a comb, is not allowed to fly in a carry-on bag.

Good hair is important on a vacation or a business trip, but remember to keep any weaponized combs out of your carry-on luggage. The TSA confiscated this weapon in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Lihue Airport (LIH) in Hawaii. Carrying a hidden knife can result in heavy fines and even arrest.

2. Hacksaw

This hacksaw belongs in a tool shed, not a carry-on suitcase.

Heavy hand tools can certainly be a factor in an overweight checked bag, but according to TSA guidelines, hacksaws can’t travel in carry-on bags. This hacksaw was found in one passenger’s carry-on at Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

3. Machetes

Remember to pack your machete in your checked bag before your next flight.

Some passengers in Houston apparently thought machetes were acceptable carry-on items. These three machetes were found and confiscated by the TSA on two separate occasions at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Machetes are allowed to travel with you, but only in the cargo hold.

4. Folding Throwing Star

The TSA prohibits throwing stars from being in your carry-on bag.

One passenger at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) felt a little too much like an action movie star when they tried to sneak this throwing star through the security checkpoint in a carry-on bag. While this weapon surely has style, it too belongs in the cargo hold safely zipped in a checked bag.

5. Zombie

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This movie prop had to be screened just like any other piece of carry-on luggage.

No one tried to sneak this … zombie … through the security checkpoint, but it had to be screened nonetheless. This was a prop for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that was traveling through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). He proved to be no issue for the TSA and made it to his destination safe and sound.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen at a TSA checkpoint?

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