25 Most Unbelievable Things Confiscated By The TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has come to be disliked by travelers both domestically and internationally as somewhat of a necessary evil. We don’t like to be strip searched but we don’t like to have people carrying weapons on our planes either. In some ways, however, bureaucracy has managed to rear its ugly head as it usually does. So what does that mean? Well, if you’ve actually traveled through any American airport you’ll probably have noticed that while the TSA agents do a fairly extensive job of scanning your bags and patting your pockets, you just can’t help but feel as though something is missing. Or maybe it’s just a bit off. Could it have something to do with the things confiscated by the TSA?

It’s sort of like those silly state laws that somehow made it onto the books because someone actually tied their tiger to a light pole one time back in the 1800s. Surely tying tigers to light poles is not good for society, but is the rule actually necessary? Similarly, confiscating every bottle of toothpaste just because it is over an arbitrary size seems…arbitrary. The bad guys can’t be that dumb can they? It seems as though they would just catch on and start using smaller toothpaste containers to do whatever dangerous things they were planning to do with the toothpaste. That’s just a thought though. However there are certain things that really do need confiscation. After all who in their right mind brings a rocket launcher to an airport (yeah, a rocket launcher). Well someone did, and that’s just one of 25 most unbelievable things confiscated by the TSA.

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These inert grenades confiscated at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

These inert grenades confiscated at Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These bullets found in a carry on bag at Richmond International Airport

These bullets found in a carry on bag at Richmond International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This live, purple smoke grenade found in a checked bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

This live, purple smoke grenade found in a checked bag at Las Vegas McCarran International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These throwing knives found in a carry on bag at Chicago O’Hare International

These throwing knives found in a carry on bag at Chicago O’Hare InternationalSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This throwing star confiscated at Los Angeles International Airport

This throwing star confiscated at Los Angeles International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This avalanche charge (used for setting of avalanches) was confiscated at Anchorage International Airport

This avalanche charge (used for setting of avalanches) was confiscated at Anchorage International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This sickle confiscated at Newark International Airport

This sickle confiscated at Newark International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This used anti-tank weapon was confiscated at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania

This used anti-tank weapon was confiscated at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in PennsylvaniaSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These two birds that were found wrapped in socks and taped to a woman's chest at Los Angeles International Airport (she was arrested for smuggling)

These two birds that were found wrapped in socks and taped to a woman's chest at Los Angeles International Airport (she was arrested for smuggling)Source and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These live eels that were found in a checked bag at Miami International Airport

These live eels that were found in a checked bag at Miami International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This centuries old cannon barrel confiscated at Kahului Airport in Hawaii

This centuries old cannon barrel confiscated at Kahului Airport in HawaiiSource and Image: TSA/Instagram

If you think some of these finds are crazy, wait ti’l you see these 25 Crazy And Bizarre Things Found In A Human Stomach

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This human skull found inside a clay pot at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The traveler had just purchased the pot and had no idea there were human remains inside.

This human skull found inside a clay pot at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The traveler had just purchased the pot and had no idea there were human remains inside.Source and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This chihuahua that was found at New York’s La Guardia Airport. It had climbed into her owner's suitcase while she was packing for her trip without her knowing.

This chihuahua that was found at New York’s La Guardia Airport. It had climbed into his owners suitcase while she was packing for her trip without her knowing.Source and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This unidentified object found at International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Although the TSA didn't know what it was, they were sure that it shouldn't be allowed on the airplane.

This unidentified object found at International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Although the TSA didn't know what it was, they were sure that it shouldn't be allowed on the airplane.Source and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These throwing axes found inside a carry on bag at Baltimore Airport

These throwing axes found inside a carry on bag at Baltimore AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These snakes that were found stuffed down a passenger's pants at Miami International Airport

These snakes that were found stuffed down a passengers pants at Miami International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These high powered signal flares confiscated at Norfolk international Airport

These high powered signal flares confiscated at Norfolk international AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This inert Claymore landmine found in a checked bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

This inert Claymore landmine found in a checked bag at Las Vegas McCarran International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These batarangs confiscated at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

These batarangs confiscated at Buffalo Niagara International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This cane knife confiscated at Bradley International Airport

This can knife confiscated at Bradley International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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These finger spikes and wrist bracelet/holder were confiscated at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

These finger spikes and wrist bracelet/holder were confiscated at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This stun gun concealed as lipstick that was confiscated at Chicago Midway International Airport

This stun gun concealed as lipstick that was confiscated at Chicago Midway International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This mortar round discovered at El Paso International Airport

This mortar round discovered at El Paso International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This mace confiscated at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

This mace confiscated at Chicago O'Hare International AirportSource and Image: TSA/Instagram
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This suicide bomber vest confiscated at Indianapolis International Airport. Fortunately it was a dummy vest that belonged to an explosives trainer.

This suicide bomber vest confiscated at Indianapolis International Airport. Fortunately it was a dummy vest that belonged to an explosives trainer.Source and Image: TSA/Instagram


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