For an agency whose sole purpose is to keep us all from getting blown up on planes and such (or so they tell us, anyway), the Transportation Security Administration certain isnt very popular. Sure, theyre the reason for the long lines we have to stand in before we get to our terminal. They make us take off our shoes and use x-rays to take naked photos of us. And, worst of all, they make us throw away those little shampoo bottles we got at the hotel that we forgot to put in our checked baggage. I was gonna use that on the plane
for reasons I dont feel like explaining to you right now!
It is a tough job, however - probably one of the worst customer service jobs in the world and we appreciate the fact that at least someone is making an effort to keep us safe. Especially when you consider some of the weirder stuff they have to confiscate while on duty. Like, say, these 25 things. Some are plain strange and others are like I cant believe I was almost on a plane with that scary. Lets take a look:
1. Inert Grenades Confiscated at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
For those who arent entirely sure - like I was until I Googled what an inert grenade was (I never claimed to be a genius)(not often, anyway) - an inert grenade is basically a fake grenade. Usually used for military or security training purposes or to make one of those hilarious Complaint Department - Take A Number gag desk ornaments. So, while perfectly safe, can you imagine the panic on an airplane if some knucklehead decided to pull one of those out and play with it? Leave that crap at home, Ted Nugent.
2. Bullets in Carry on Bag at Richmond International Airport
Just having one bullet on your person is reason enough for you to be pulled out of line and questioned extensively. So imagine the sarcastic delight of the TSA agents at the Richmond airport when they came across this county of beauties. I dont know if the person who brought these also had the gun that went with these but, if they did, it would probably move this from weird to AHHHHHHHHHH! RUN!
3. Live Purple Smoke Grenade in Checked in Bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
You know, bringing a smoke grenade onto a plane is a bad idea. Obviously. But, if youre going to do it, it is considerate to bring on one with such a festive color. Perhaps this person was just distraught over the death of Prince and this was their way of tribute?
4. Throwing Knives in Carry On Bag at Chicago OHare International
Theres a reason they dont let you bring regular knives on a plane - they have the potential to be kind of stabby. Throwing knives are a whole other level of stabby. They basically say I really want to stab that guy but hes way over there. (Im paraphrasing George Carlin here, by the way)
5. Throwing Star Confiscated at Los Angeles International Airport
Still, if youre going to bring a sharp, throwable object onto an aircraft, you might as go all the way, right? I dont know what kind of Bevery Hills Ninja tried to get away with this, but clearly they werent a good one.
6. Avalanche Charge Confiscated at Anchorage International Airport
Look, I like a good avalanche as much as the next guy. But, come on. Everybody knows you FedEx an avalanche charge to where youre going. Do you really want an avalanche on your plane? Come on, dude, think this stuff through.
7. Sickle Confiscated at Newark International Airport
Look, person trying to bring a sickle onto an airplane. Lets ignore the fact that somehow you thought you were going to actually get this through security. Lets focus on the fact that you tried to bring a sickle onto an airplane AND NOT A HAMMER, AS WELL?! Seriously, why even bother? Im, frankly, ashamed of you.
8. Used Anti-Tank Weapon Confiscated at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania
Two things. One - are anti-tank weapons common in Pennsylvania? I suppose I can see some people in Philly walking around with these, but it still seems off. Two - Arnold Palmer has an airport named after him?
9. Two Birds Wrapped in Socks and Taped to a Woman's Chest at Los Angeles International Airport
The woman involved here was arrested for smuggling birds. What isnt widely reported is that the birds each had swallowed two bird-sized condoms full of black tar heroin. However, thanks to a legal loophole, the birds were only sentenced to community service.
10. Live Eels that in Checked Bag at Miami International Airport
Snakes on a plane! Am I right, you guys? SNAKES ON A PLANE! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Come back, you guys! IM SORRY!
11. Centuries Old Cannon Barrel Confiscated at Kahului Airport in Hawaii
Clearly, you dont want someone bringing a cannon onto a plane. But this thing, as we said, is centuries old My only theory is that whichever TSA agent confiscated this grabbed it, looked at the smuggler, and said in his best Harrison Ford impression This belongs in a museum!
12. Human Skull Inside Clay Pot at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
The traveler had just purchased the pot and had no idea there were human remains inside. OK, for starters - who doesnt look inside a pot when you buy it?! Seriously. I mean, isnt that human nature anyway? Also, as far as unexpected things found inside pot stories go, this could have been a lot worse.
13. Chihuahua Found at New Yorks La Guardia Airport
It had climbed into her owner's suitcase while she was packing for her trip without her knowing. This story would be a lot cuter if it werent for the look on that dogs face. Seriously. I would have gotten away with it, too, if it werent for you meddling TSA agents!
14. Unidentified Object found at International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Although the TSA didn't know what it was, they were sure that it shouldn't be allowed on the airplane. I dont know what this is, either. In fact, Im completely stumped. Is it something you put on your keychain to murder attempted muggers or rapists? A really complicated bottle opener? I dont even have a joke. What the hell is this thing?
15. Throwing Axes Found in Carry on Bag at Baltimore Airport
Throwing knives?! these seem to be saying, What kind of wuss are you? Basically, theres really only two non-murdery reasons for having axes of this size. Youre either in the circus, or youre a lumberjack that cuts down really tiny trees.
16. Snakes Found Stuffed Down Passenger's Pants at Miami International Airport
Well, since I used the snakes on a plane joke already. Um
Looks like the dude brought on a trouser snake! Ha! Am I right?! A trouser snake!
Ill be here all week.
17. High Powered Signal Flares Confiscated at Norfolk international Airport
Its totally reasonable to want to be prepared in case of crashing landing. Thats why your seat turns into a flotation device and stuff like that. So, the airlines more or less have this stuff covered. So, leave the fireworks at home, OK Gandalf? Thanks.
18. Inert Claymore Landmine in Checked Bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
So, Im guessing that someone saw somebody else try to bring an inert grenade onto a flight and thought to themselves Sure, thats pretty stupid
but I bet I can bring one something even stupider. In the defense of whoever tried to get this on a plane, it does say inert on it. Which, I mentioned above, I had to Google. So, hopefully, TSA agents are smarter than me.
19. Batarangs Confiscated at Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Im so confused. Why is Batman flying Delta? Doesnt he have his own plane?
20. Cane Knife Confiscated at Bradley International Airport
Lets be honest. If any of the rest of us had a cane that turned into a knife like we were some badass, Cold War-era assassin/secret agents, wed probably try to get that shit onto an airplane as well. I mean, you shouldnt, but I totally get why youd want to.
21. Finger Spikes and Wrist Bracelet/holder Confiscated at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
These last few entries have left me with one very important question. Not what were these people thinking? More like where can I buy these?! All I have is a MagLight in my trunk and thats way too cumbersome if I feel like murdering a guy.
I mean, uh
what were these people thinking? Am I right?
22. Stun Gun Concealed as Lipstick Confiscated at Chicago Midway International Airport
Seriously! WHERE THE F*^& ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING THESE?! Im not even upset that they tried to get this on an airplane. Can you imagine some ISIS nutjob trying to hijack a plane and some badass lady CIA agent pulling out some Murder Lipstick and taking him out? Awesome.
Also, I used to play bass for Murder Lipstick.
23. Mortar Round Discovered at El Paso International Airport
I wonder if this would fire out of the old-timey canon from earlier. Probably not.
You know, through all of these, have you taken a moment to imagine the excuse given to the TSA by whoever was trying to get these on a plane? Oh, this? This is just my lucky mortar round. Oh, no, I couldnt have left it at home. Nah, man. The Spurs might lose.
24. Mace Confiscated at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
To be fair, there is a Medieval Times restaurant in Chicago (Ive been to it, its nice) and Im guessing this probably belonged to an employee who just wanted to practice his craft while on vacation. Sure. Lets go with that.
25. Suicide Bomber Vest Confiscated at Indianapolis International Airport.
Fortunately it was a dummy vest that belonged to an explosives trainer. Great at training people about explosives. Not so great at knowing how airports work.