Someone Tried to Bring a Gun-Shaped Speaker on an Airplane — It Did Not Go Well

Sep 2, 2018

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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

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.