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

Jun 30, 2017

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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?

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