The holiday travel season is upon us and that might be long security checkpoint lines at the airport. You might not mind waiting a while, though, when you check out some of the items TSA searches are keeping off the airplanes we fly.
One key point: pack your heat, people. Lawful owners of firearms may fly with them but must follow strict guidelines. They are allowed in checked luggage only, and must be in a locked hard-sided case with padding. The ammunition must be kept in a separate case. The full list of guidelines is posted here.
The TSA keeps picking pieces off travelers:
A record breaking 81 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags this week at airports around the nation, and 70 of those were loaded. The previous record was set last week with 78 firearms discovered. Click on the link in our profile to see a complete list of firearms discovered this week and where they were found. While firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, you can pack them in your checked baggage, as long as you meet the packing guidelines: bit.ly/travelingwithfirearms #tsagoodcatch
Holy hardware! No these do not belong in your carryon gear!
Someone tried getting on a plane with this (to do what with later, who knows).
It’s cane. It’s a sword. It’s both, actually. And it’s not getting on an airplane.
Many canes are passed down or bought in thrift shops and some people truly have no idea their cane is concealing a sword. However, I think it can be assumed that a cane with a talon grip handle has more to it than meets the eye. This sword cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Bradley (BDL). #TSAGoodCatch
Someone thought that A. Having a fake suicide bomber jacket was cute and B. They were going to take it onto a plane. Nope.
#TSATravelTips – Don’t pack your homemade replica suicide vest. The traveler who packed this vest in his checked bag at Richmond (RIC) stated it was a prop intended for use in a live-action role-playing game (LARP). TSA explosives experts raced to the checked baggage room and the airport police were called immediately. Fortunately, the explosives experts determined the vest posed no danger. It has yet to be determined if the officer who searched the bag needed a change of clothing.
No you cannot take your hatchet onto the plane. You’d think that would be sort of intuitive but more than one traveler has made this mistake.
If your travel plans involve drinking and fighting .. you sure sound fun. Just be sure to pack your brass knuckles in your checked luggage.
This is kinda creepy but is A-ok. Gator heads, welcome aboard.
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No, you cannot take a grenade onto a plane.
These inert grenades were discovered recently. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Quad City (MLI) and Philadelphia (PHL). One was discovered in a checked bag at Missoula (MSO). So what’s the big deal if they’re inert? First off, we don’t know they’re inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling one of these out of their carry-on. No big deal, right? For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSATravelTips
Seriously. Even if your name is Wile E. Coyote. No grenades on the plane.
#ProTip – Your trailer hitch hand grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSATravelTips This inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag recently at the SBP airport.