Someone Tried to Bring a Gun-Shaped Speaker on an Airplane — It Did Not Go Well
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.
You may be familiar with the cult favorite Instagram account, @tsa. Funny and overall fantastic human Bob Burns is the person behind the account, documenting all of the strange, interesting and downright questionable things that flyers try to get past airport security.
Earlier this week, one passenger traveling through the Des Moines airport tried to get a speaker through security — but not just any speaker; a speaker shaped like a copper gun. The @tsa Instagram account throws the flyer a bone, speculating that the traveler must have been confused.
“We think it’s because they didn’t know or didn’t understand the rules,” the caption reads. “Replica firearms are not allowed to be brought onto the cabin of an aircraft with carry-on items. They must be packed in checked baggage.”
If you’re looking to waste a few hours of your day, the @tsa account is a great place to do it. The gun-shaped speaker is only the start: recently, they’ve also featured fake wedding-themed grenades, neon green nunchucks, a crab and a bottle of rice wine with a cobra and scorpion in it.
This speaker in question, in case you’re interested in the specifics, had a built-in FM radio and laser pointer. While the function is innocent, TSA worried that it would cause nervousness around flyers. It’s safe to say that anything resembling a firearm should be left out of a carry-on bag.
Tchotchkes come in all shapes and sizes and the last thing you want is 1) to have to explain an item to TSA officials and 2) have it be confiscated. No one has time for that — especially when you’re trying to catch a flight or maximize your time in a lounge.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.
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.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- 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.
- 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