Spear gun, fake bomb, snake (almost) on a plane


The TSA’s official Instagram account showcased the strange items they found throughout the year.
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Feel guilty when TSA screeners pull out that bottle of water or Costco-size lotion you forgot was in your carry-on bag?

It could be worse. Your forbidden item could be immortalized in the TSA’s annual list of the most unusual finds of the year. This is separate from its roundup of routine catches like guns (loaded and unloaded), which were found in record numbers last year

This year’s top 10, highlighted in a TSA video released Monday, includes a Barbados-bound ball python wrapped in nylon stockings and stuffed inside a hard drive, a razor glove fit for Freddie Kreuger and more.  

1. Razor glove

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia


2. Inert mortar round

Evansville Regional Airport, Indiana


3. Giant scissors

Nashville International Airport, Tennessee

4.Tuxedo “grenades”

Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey


5. Fake bomb

O’Hare International Airport, Chicago 

6. Concealed knife

LaGuardia Airport, New York 

7. Snake in a computer hard drive

Miami International Airport, Florida 


8. Saw-blade glove

Denver International Airport, Colorado 

9. Spear gun

Hobby Airport, Houston 


10. Ice ax

O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

Travelers curious about what they can take on a plane can turn to the TSA on social media and check out the agency’s website.

The makers of the tuxedo ”grenade,” a bottle opener peddled as a groomsmen’s gift, weren’t ashamed to be on the list and turned it into a marketing opportunity on Twitter.

Tucson, Arizona-based Bottle Breacher warns buyers of the $39.99 Tuxedo Freedom Frag not to bring them to the airport. Inert or not, grenades are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags because potential explosives must automatically be screened by an explosives specialist or a police department bomb squad before the bag is opened, the TSA says. 


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