The 5 Most Ridiculous Things Confiscated at TSA Checkpoints in April

May 2, 2018

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April was another busy month for the TSA — between “holidays” like Aprils Fools and 420, airports across the country were busy with jokesters and smokers. But don’t fret, TSA was there to make sure no one got anything through security that wasn’t supposed to be there.

1. Your Inert Mortar Round is not Allowed

Maybe this passenger was just participating in a badly executed April Fools joke? This ordnance was discovered in a passenger’s checked bag at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) and, well, authorities were called to decide whether a fine or arrest was necessary for this passenger. TSA takes this sort of discovery very seriously, and finding an object like this in a passenger’s bag can lead to evacuations, delays and missed flights because explosives professionals must be called to determine if the ordnance is live.

2. If You Conceal Your Knives, Just Come Clean

There’s no point in trying to hide a knife in your carry-on, TSA officials are bound to find it, and then they’ll be forced to take it from you. This passenger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) tried to sneak his knife in this 2 for 1 bottle of shampoo and conditioner — maybe he thought the 2 for 1 meant shampoo and concealed weapons? If you must bring your knife, pack it in your checked luggage along with those toiletries.

3. You Can’t Bring Your Doggone Cane/Sword

This hybrid walking aid/weapon pops up more than you’d think at security checkpoints at airports. Some people even claim they didn’t know their walking cane served multiple purposes. The passenger at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) thought officers were barking up the wrong tree when they told him his cane contained a concealed weapon.

4. I Saw Something Fishy

You know the old adage, “if you see something, say something.” Well, that goes for saws, too. If you need to fly with your saw, just throw it in your checked bag and make sure crew members saw it in there.

If you see something, say something. But don’t saw something. If you saw something you see at the airport, there’s a good chance you won’t make your flight. We know it’s a cutting edge tool, but it’ll have to go in your checked bag if you need to fly with it. It was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY). … If you see something you know shouldn’t be there—or someone’s behavior that doesn’t seem quite right—say something. Because only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday. … To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including: Who or what you saw; When you saw it; Where it occurred; and why it’s suspicious. If there’s an emergency, call 9–1–1. … #SeeSomethingSaySomething #IfYouSeeSomethingSaySomething @DHSgov

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5. Don’t Get Cross with TSA

No matter religious affiliation or beliefs, no knives are allowed onboard aircrafts or in your carry-on baggage. Next time, pack your knives in your checked bags and say “alleluia” for remembering.

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