If you weren't already aware, the TSA has an Instagram account and it's crazy. Chock-full of all the ridiculous (and scary) banned items you could ever think of, let's just say that it's definitely worth a "follow."
Even though the TSA gets a pretty bad rep for its slow service and mundane requests, we're pretty happy these fireworks, brass knuckles and assortment of medieval weapons didn't make it onto the plane with us.
Here are 10 of the TSA's most intriguing confiscated items:1. This dagger.
2. A grenade.
3. This sword.
#TSAGoodCatch - This inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Indianapolis (#IND) International Airport. TSA officers don’t know items such as these are inert until explosives detection professionals, along with law enforcement, remove the item from the X-ray tunnel and resolve the alarm. This most likely will cause a closure of our checkpoint and lead to missed and delayed flights. Grenades, inert or otherwise, are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
4. A few sticks of dynamite.
5. This anti-tank weapon.
#TSAGoodCatch - These replica sticks of dynamite were discovered in a checked bag at the McCarran (#LasVegas #LAS) International Airport. TSA officers don’t know items such as these are inert until explosives detection professionals, along with law enforcement, remove the item and resolve the alarm. This most likely will cause a closure of our checked baggage operations, which will lead to delayed bags and/or flights. Dynamite, inert or otherwise, is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
6. A homemade avalanche charge.
7. This meat cleaver.
#TSAGoodCatch - This homemade avalanche charge was discovered last year in a carry-on bag at the Ted Stevens #Anchorage International Airport (#ANC). The FBI responded and arrested the passenger. This item and many others are featured in our Year in Review post on the TSA Blog: http://bit.lyTSAYearInReview
8. A concealed lipstick knife.
9. Some brass knuckles.
10. This gigantic pair of scissors.
TSA #GoodCatch - These #brassknuckles were discovered in a carry-on bag at the #NewYork (JFK) International Airport. Martial arts and self defense weapons are prohibited from carry-on bags, but may be transported in checked baggage. However, you should familiarize yourself with local laws, as the possession of brass knuckles is illegal in some states, including New York. If one of our officers discovers an item that may violate the law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine if further action is appropriate.