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

Jun 30, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

June’s been a mixed month at the TSA, with its agents making news for the odd stuff they let fly (a massive lobster), and for one agent who attempted to steal one passenger’s cash. But with the end of the month upon us, it’s time once again to take a look at some of the agency’s wackiest finds. Taken from the TSA’s semi-regularly updated Instagram page, these items stand out for their creativity, craziness and other totally arbitrary adjectives. Sometimes we just think they’re cool.

As always, we’re grateful that the TSA remains diligent in preventing passengers from boarding aircraft with such dangerous weapons.

1. Shuriken Fidget Spinner

Fidget spinners are all the rage this summer, with everyone from the next-door toddler to your best friend’s great uncle getting in on the trend. And the TSA’s totally cool with passengers carrying on their spinners — but only to a point. Surprising absolutely nobody, fidget spinners doubling as ninja stars are a no-no.

2. No-Sweat Knife

This thick-skulled passenger loved his heart-laden knife so much he couldn’t imagine parting ways with it for one short flight… so he stuck in in his carry-on deodorant instead. Now he’s down his knife, up a fine and facing the possibility of a less-than-lovely court date for concealing a weapon. We hope the court room’s got working a/c.

3. Fantasy blade

Though we honestly wouldn’t be surprised if an epic medieval fantasy fight broke out at 35,000 feet, TSA policy prohibits participants from bringing blades blades on board. That’s why this unlucky Chicagoan had to part ways with this …unique… piece of cutlery. Next time just leave it at home!

4. Mile-high mini bar

Nobody likes to pay the exorbitant in-flight drink prices, which might by why one curious passenger asked the TSA if their handily-packed mini-drinks would make it past security. The TSA gave them the green light, though with a stern reminder to resist dipping into their stash at the gate or in the air.

5. …Propane?

If you’ve been invited to an out-of-state Fourth of July pot-luck BBQ and have to fly to get to your destination, don’t offer to bring the propane. Just don’t. Geez.

Featured photo courtesy of Joel Franusic via Flickr.

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

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.