The 5 Most Ridiculous Items Passengers Wanted to Carry On in May

Jun 3, 2017

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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. To help inform travelers, TSA has created an “Ask TSA” twitter account where curious travelers can ask if they’re allowed to carry on certain items. Below are the five most ridiculous questions asked 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 — or in some cases, cans of chili.

1. Banana Knife

When this passenger wondered whether his homemade “knife-nana” would be allowed past airport security, the TSA confirmed that bananas are safe to fly. Even so, it might not be the wisest move to brandish a banana blade at 30,000 feet.

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2. Dragon Balls

Keep an eye out for magical anime dragons on your next flight: TSA policy lets passengers carry dragon balls through security.

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3. …Coal?

The TSA was feeling feisty when it responded to this woman’s question about coal — she claims to have bought it in an English mining museum, but they say she got it for Christmas. Still, if you find yourself on the naughty list and receive a lump of coal in your stocking, you’ll be able to bring it with you on your flight to visit grandma.

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4. Pyrotechnic Energy Drinks

One inventive passenger didn’t want to lose his beloved fireworks while traveling, so he packed them in with a 6 pack of energy drinks. But the TSA isn’t fooled that easily — it confiscated the contraband and issued a warning on its Instagram page. The next time you fly, leave the highly combustible substances safe at home!

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5. Morbid Muskrat

After picking up this choice fashion item at a thrift shop, one passenger feared that it might not make it on board. But the TSA gave the go-ahead. We guess it’s more concerned about safety than style, because this horrendous thing should never have been made.

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

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