26 of the craziest and scariest things the TSA has found on travelers

Sickles, grenades, blasting machines and cannon barrels just a few items in your fellow travelers carry-ons.

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More guns and ammo found

Guns and ammo continue to be the scourge of the TSA. Week after week of the agency’s own blog report on what its agents find on people looking to travel through the country’s airports are inundated with stories of loaded guns and ammunition. We won’t go into the ridiculous gun situation but will look at the weirder stuff the TSA has found folks traveling with, like meat slicers and Chihuahuas. Take a look (all entries are from the TSA Blog site).

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I’ll take a large hoagie

A meat slicer was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Southwest Florida International Airport. Blades on slicers, blenders, and food processors are razor sharp and are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags.

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Not with my dog you won’t

It’s always important to double-check your bags before traveling, especially to make sure your Chihuahua hasn’t stowed away inside one of them. That’s exactly what happened at #NewYork’s #LaGuardia (#LGA) Airport. While resolving a checked baggage alarm, an officer was shocked when he found a dog in the bag! Apparently, the dog climbed in while its owner was packing her suitcase. TSA worked with the airline to identify the owner, and the two were happily reunited.

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Um, why?

A sickle was discovered in a carry-on bag at Newark. 

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The batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag.

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Inert but who knows

An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tampa, an inert mortar shell was discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin, an inert rocket propelled grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and a practice landmine was discovered during a checked bag search at Boston.

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Just weird

An ice pick concealed inside of a cane.

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More on grenades

Two inert/novelty grenades were discovered in carry-on bags at Phoenix–Mesa Gateway and Dayton. A realistic replica stick of dynamite was discovered in checked baggage at Honolulu.

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A real explosive goody bag

Three road flares were discovered in carry-on bags at Austin and Billings. Fireworks were discovered in carry-on bags at Fort Lauderdale and Sacramento. These hazmat items are strictly prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.

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Again, why?

This gas-powered chain saw emitting fuel vapors was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare. Chain saws can only be packed in checked baggage if they’re empty of all fuel and cleaned so that no fuel vapors or residue are noticeable. If fuel vapors are noticeable, it will be considered a hazardous material and will be removed from checked baggage by the airline.

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Not Old Spice

Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. The TSA says you can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a 2% active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellents exceed these limitations. Five canisters of bear deterrent were discovered in carry-on bags in just one week.

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Snow bound

Home made avalanche control explosive.

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Not on a plane

Improvised explosives device (IED) training kit.

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Demolition man

A checked bag at Seattle belonging to an active duty military passenger contained two feet of replica demolition cord, two blocks of replica Semtex and four blocks of replica C4. Inert IED training aids are never permitted in carry-on or checked bags.

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Not so sneaky really

A knife was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Jacksonville. The TSA said the passenger was permitted to leave the checkpoint so he could place the knife in his car. The knife was discovered again upon his return taped to a fishing lure.

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Get Smart?

Two knives were discovered inside a hidden compartment in the sole of a shoe at Wichita.

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Planning a war

The following items were discovered concealed inside a sealed Lego box at Ft. Lauderdale : three AR 15/M 16 bolt firing groups to include bolt carrier, bolt, bolt key, firing pin, bolt cam pin & firing pin retaining pin, three assault rifle flash suppressors, and nearly 100 rifle sights. While firearm components are permitted in checked baggage, the TSA says, they are never permitted in carry-on bags.

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A mess

A traveler at Baltimore had the following items in his carry-on bag: two smoke bombs, 12 bottle rockets, three paracord cutters, four knives, a hatchet, a folding saw and a credit card knife.

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Propane problems

Two propane tanks (13.1 and 8 ounce) were discovered in separate incidents at San Diego. Propane is prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.

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Just scary

A jawbone tomahawk and an inert pineapple grenade were discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas.

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More things that go BOOM

A butane camping tank was detected in a carry-on bag at Sacramento and a camping stove with white liquid fuel was discovered in a checked bag at University Park. Camping fuel is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage, the TSA says.

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A million-volt stun cane was discovered at Fort Lauderdale.

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An inert anti-tank projectile was discovered in a checked bag at Tulsa.

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Not dangerous of course but a reminder

A gold Cartier diamond encrusted watch was left at the Newark Liberty International Airport security checkpoint. A TSA officer spotted the watch and turned it into the TSA lost and found location. The $100,000 watch was picked up the next day the agency said.

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Well packed

Ten vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana were discovered in a checked bag at San Francisco.

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If it quacks like a duck…

This modified laptop appeared as a potential threat item on the X-ray monitor, and a result, the airport incurred a 49-minute evacuation of the checked baggage screening area while explosive detection professionals cleared the item. In addition to packing electronics properly to avoid a delay during screening, we recommend that you pack laptop computers and other valuables in your carry-on baggage.

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No idea

An airbag was discovered in a carry-on bag in Sacramento. According to the FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Material, airbag actuators are on the list of hazardous materials and are prohibited from transport aboard passenger aircraft.

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Items found in 2015

Guns were the big-ticket item the U.S. Transportation Security Administration found the most of in on the traveling public 2014. Through mid December there were almost 2,200 guns discovered at TSA check-ins, up about 20% over 2013. Unless you live under a rock, trying to carry a gun onto airplane should be an obvious no-no. But guns aren’t the only things that grab the TSA’s attention. Lots of grenades, and bomb-like gear is also out there – a lot. Here’s a look at some of the things the TSA confiscated or otherwise questioned in 2014.

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Not your average PlayStation

Gun parts stuffed ion a PlayStation 2. This one got the passenger arrested.

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Going farming?

A sickle. Hmmm perhaps a farmer forgot a tool?

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The parade of grenades

Grenades and grenade-shaped cologne bottles.

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A stocking stuffer?

A pen and highlighter combo concealing small knives.

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WWII blasting machine. Would put this in checked luggage just out of principle.

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No onboard fireworks, thanks

A fireworks-style smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Washington-Dulles.

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Just scary

A machete was discovered concealed within the lining of a carry-on bag at Tampa.

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Fishing anyone?

Spear gun. Pretty sure you don’t need this is in the carry-on section.

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Useful if going to Gilligan’s Island

Flare gun.

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Things that go boom

An explosives training kit was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at Northwest Florida.

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Just dumb

92 pounds of marijuana.

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Training warhead

An inert warhead used for training was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tucson.

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That’s a special cut

Nearly three pounds of cocaine discovered in meat.

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Slice and dice

A cane sword.

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100 small cuts

A Kubotan  is a small wooden, plastic, or metal self-defense weapon that’s usually found on a key chain ring . Certain varieties of Kubotans can pull apart to reveal a blade or pepper spray. They’re considered a martial arts weapon and are prohibited from being packed in your carry-on bags. They’re illegal in some jurisdictions and can lead to civil penalties or even arrest, the TSA said.

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Maybe John Belushi was around?

Samurai sword.

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Cannon Barrel

You can add this one to the “items we don’t see every day” category, the TSA stated. An unloaded cannon barrel was discovered along with a passenger’s checked items at the Kahului Airport.

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Just another training mission

A military training kit containing inert blasting caps, inert detonators, inert detonating cord, and inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL). The baggage room was evacuated.

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Your basic stun gun disguised as a cell phone.

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Bear attack deterrent.

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Scary again

Loaded folding rifle in carry-on bag at DFW.

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Cheap knock-off

A notebook cover was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albany that looked like an improvised explosive device on the X-ray monitor. There was no malicious intent, but it’s important to remember that homemade DIY projects can often look pretty ominous to our X-ray operators, the TSA said.

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Again with the fireworks

Inert firework casing.

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More boom-boom

Aluminum powder (fireworks).

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Perhaps going to a “Game of Thrones” convention

A pretty good sized mallet.

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Um, yech

Your basic enchilada with a side order of knife.

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Not gonna be a good morning

Novelty exploding alarm clock.

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