Airline passengers attempted to bring tens of thousands of banned items with them through security checkpoints at U.S. airports since January, according to the government agency that inspects travelers.
Federal officers for the Transportation Security Administration found the normal prohibited contraband, such as loaded guns, ammunition, and knives in carry-on and checked bags in 2019. They also found a variety of unusual and dangerous items on passengers and in their luggage, some of it documented by the unexpectedly droll TSA blog.
In March, a survival flare pen and seven flares were discovered in a checked bag at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Mississippi.
Someone who may have been getting ready for the Fourth of July attempted to bring boxes of fireworks through security at Miami International Airport in April. TSA in a blog post noted a variety of banned explosives: “Spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, donkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or whistling kitty chasers” are not allowed on planes. “Oh, I almost forgot, snakes and sparklers are NOT allowed either! If we do find snakes we will for sure call Samuel L. Jackson to come handle the situation!” . . .
“Someone had a crappy day at one of the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints yesterday at Newark Liberty International Airport when he didn’t watch his ‘Pees and Qs’ and instead of rolling through the security process, this cowboy got stopped up when he was found to have a most unusual prohibited item in his carry-on bag on Tuesday, Oct. 29,” the agency wrote. “When the carry-on bag entered the checkpoint X-ray machine where a TSA officer spotted the revolver. TSA needed to get to the bottom of it, and when the bag was opened, the item that had triggered an alarm wasn’t an actual firearm at all. Instead, it was a realistic replica gun that had been configured into a toilet paper roller. Yes, this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets. It was designed to spin toilet paper.” (Read more from “Handgun Toilet Rolls and Monsters With Grenades: The Weirdest Items Confiscated by TSA in 2019” HERE)