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.
These inert grenades confiscated at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
These bullets found in a carry on bag at Richmond International Airport
This live, purple smoke grenade found in a checked bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
These throwing knives found in a carry on bag at Chicago O’Hare International
This throwing star confiscated at Los Angeles International Airport
This avalanche charge (used for setting of avalanches) was confiscated at Anchorage International Airport
This sickle confiscated at Newark International Airport
This used anti-tank weapon was confiscated at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania
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 live eels that were found in a checked bag at Miami International Airport
This centuries old cannon barrel confiscated at Kahului Airport in Hawaii
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