The TSA’s official Instagram account showcased the strange items they found throughout the year.
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A man learned the hard way Friday that swords don’t belong in carry-on luggage, regardless of their appraisal value.
Transportation Security Administration officers at Newark Liberty International Airport discovered a São Paolo-bound passenger trying to bring a boxed sword and scabbard through the security checkpoint in Terminal C, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein confirmed to USA TODAY. The sword showed up in an X-ray scan, prompting the officers to open the box for closer inspection.
The man “thought he could travel with it as a carry-on item because of its value,” Farbstein explained. “Of course, no weapons can travel in the cabin of a plane regardless of value. He ended up bringing it back to his airline counter to transport it as a checked bag/box so it would be placed in the belly of the plane where nobody would have access to it during the flight.”
This summer, two members of the military traveling through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport brought rocket launcher tubes home as deployment souvenirs.
On July 29, a Texas man returning from active duty in Kuwait transported a missile launcher home in his checked luggage. After determining the weapon was not live, the TSA turned it over to state fire officials for disposal, reminding the public that military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on luggage.
Days later, an Air Force sergeant brought a rocket launcher tube through BWI. Although it contained no explosives, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said it could possibly contain pressurized gas and therefore could not be transported on a commercial flight. The agency said it would hold onto the launcher tube it could be safely returned to the airman.
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Contributing: Ryan Miller, USA TODAY; Associated Press
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