The 5 Craziest Things Passengers Tried to Sneak by the TSA in March
Every week, the TSA blogs about items (mostly weapons) that agents have confiscated at airports around the country, and the agency 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. Zap Self Defense Cane
While canes are indeed allowed as carry-ons, canes that can deliver a shock of 1,000,000 volts are not. This 'Zap Self Defense Cane' was found in a passenger's carry-on bag at the Kahului airport (OGG). Next time make sure the electrified cane is safely stowed in your checked luggage.
2. Dragon Dagger
Knives of any kind aren't allowed in carry-on bags, yet TSA seems to frequently find the sharp objects on passengers at security checkpoints. This knife stands out though for looking more at home in a Game of Thrones episode than at a US airport. This knife, featuring a dragon head handle, was found in a carry-on bag at Chicago's O'Hare airport (ORD).
3. Spartan Hand Gun
Perhaps this person who attempted to carry on a Spartan hand gun was a big fan of 300 — but no matter how good-looking the gun is, you can't carry them on. This handgun was found in a carry-on bag in Midland, Texas (MAF).
4. A Whole Lot of Grenades
The TSA had its hands full when this passenger attempted to carry on a bag that included live smoke grenades, inert practice grenades and three live ground burst simulators. These... goodies... were discovered in a soldier's carry-on bag in Palm Springs (PSP) and while they're used for military training, they're definitely not allowed to fly commercial.
In addition to the live smoke grenades and inert practice grenade, what you’ve got here are 3 live ground burst simulators. Don’t think because these are simulators that they don’t pack a punch. They’re used to simulate battlefield noises. They start off with a loud scream and then BOOM! There a quite a few examples on YouTube if you’d like to see them in action. While great for military training, they’re not so safe on commercial aircraft. These were discovered in a soldier’s checked bag at Palm Springs (PSP). He says he didn’t know they were in his bag…
5. Grim Reaper Pocket Knife
It seems that insignia on weapons was a hot trend for passengers this month — a passenger in Honolulu (HNL) attempted to bring along this utterly creepy pocket knife, complete with an engraved handle of Death, personified.
What's the strangest item you've seen at a TSA checkpoint?