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

Jan. 01, 2018
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The 5 Craziest Things Passengers Tried to Sneak by the TSA in December
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It’s always a joy to see just what the TSA confiscated every month. Will it be another weapon? A live animal? All of the above? Most likely, since passengers have no shame when trying to sneak things by security agents at airports. From festive handguns to cooking utensils that can be used as weapons, here's a look at what passengers tried to bring on planes with them in December.

1. "Spare" Time at the Airport

You know that sinking feeling when you realize you forgot something at a TSA checkpoint after hustling through security in hopes of making your flight? Well, the owner of this bowling ball was certainly feeling this at a Washington Dulles (IAD) TSA checkpoint. You'd think he'd notice quite a difference in weight for his carry-on luggage, but who am I to judge? Hopefully this guy had a "spare."

2. Jingle Shells, Jingle Shells

This passenger really tried to get in the holiday spirit with his green handgun and red shells. This fully-loaded firearm was found at TSA checkpoint in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) but we all know Santa doesn't pack heat. Either way, the owner of the gun faced some penalties for not properly packing this in his checked baggage by either paying a large fine or spending time in jail — hopefully next time he remembers and replaces his jingle shells with jingle bells.

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3. Festive Ammo

Nothing says Christmas quite like the gift of ammunition, especially when it's Christmas-themed. This person was stopped at a TSA checkpoint at Washington Dulles (IAD); had he properly checked the ammunition and followed the guidelines, he would've been on his merry way and been able to give the gift of bullets to a loved one.

4. Meat Tenderizer

Well, here's an odd one. We all know that airline meals could all use some TLC, but there's really not much more you can do on board besides add some salt and pepper to your rubbery chicken. Keep the tenderizers in the kitchen, as it can be considered as a weapon and thus have to travel in checked luggage.

5. Holiday Party Necessities

While it may look like this TSA in Boston (BOS) was getting ready for its holiday party, it is really just all the alcohol it confiscated from carry-on baggage. You can bring alcohol on board, as long as it's in the form of 3.4 ounce bottles zipped in a quart-sized plastic bag. Unfortunately, this is just a bunch of wasted booze, as all the alcohol is "destroyed" every two weeks by the agency. Sad!

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