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Every week, the TSA blogs about items (mostly weapons) that agents have confiscated at airports around the country, and it posts some of the crazier ones on its Instagram page. Below are the five most ridiculous items that were confiscated this month, at least according to us at Team TPG. As always, we’re grateful that the TSA remains diligent in preventing passengers from boarding aircraft with such dangerous weapons.
1. Killer Baseball Bat
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead TV show, you’ll quickly recognize this replica “Lucille” that a passenger at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) tried to bring along with them in a carry-on bag. The modified baseball bat featured barbed wire made from rubber and imitation blood, but regardless, baseball bats have to be stowed in checked luggage if you want to bring them along on a trip with you.
With cold winter weather (almost) upon us, you never know when you’ll need your trusty axe to help you make a toasty fire, but remember to pack it in your checked luggage when you make your way through the airport to grandmother’s house. This axe was discovered at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).
3. Angle Grinder
If you’re doing home improvement projects for a relative over the holidays, brush up on the TSA’s guidelines for traveling with power tools. They can travel with you — but only if they’re stowed safely in your checked luggage. This tool was confiscated at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).
4. Comb Knife
While this comb/knife combo scores a lot of points for supreme utility, it’s not a great idea to try to get it through the TSA checkpoint — this is a concealed weapon, meaning you could be subject to fines and even arrest. If you want to bring a comb knife along on your next trip, make sure it’s safely stowed in your checked luggage. This weapon was confiscated at San Diego International Airport (SAN).
5. Bullet-Adorned Gas Mask
By now we’re somewhat used to seeing passengers try to bring concealed weapons or machetes on board a plane in their carry-on luggage, but this bullet-adorned gas mask that was confiscated at Miami International Airport (MIA) has to be one of the more unique items we’ve seen to date. Gas masks actually are permitted in your carry-on luggage, but the bullets on the face of the mask are not.
What’s the strangest item you’ve seen at a TSA checkpoint?
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