November and December are some of the busiest months for travelers, which means lots of work for airport security. Well, here are some of the craziest things people try to sneak through airport security.
Going through airport security is a pain in the neck that is unfortunately, a fact of life for travelers these days. Though it is just an inconvenience for most of us, some people just don’t seem to understand what items are inappropriate to bring on an airplane.
With millions of people going through airport security each year, there are bound to be a handful of them that attempt to sneak banned items through airport security. While many of these items are relatively boring, such as knives and scissors, there are some pretty outrageous items that get confiscated as well.
For both educational and entertainment value, the TSA publishes photos of some of the more interesting items that they seize on their Instagram feed.
Here is a list of some of the craziest things people try to sneak through airport security that Wired Magazine recently complied.
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200 Bullets Concealed In Bibles
At least this passenger was attempting to be creative, though trying to hide something in a hollowed out Bible is one of the oldest tricks in the book (pun intended).
TSA seizes an average of about 2,000 firearms that people try to sneak through airport security each year. It is not illegal to fly with a firearm, but there is certainly a right way, unloaded, secured in a lockable, hard case, transported in checked baggage, and declared to the airline before boarding, and a wrong way to do it. Putting a loaded gun in your carry-on bag would fall into the “wrong way” category.
1/2 oz of C-4
Somebody did not understand that bringing actual explosives on an airplane is frowned upon. This tobacco can with C-4 hidden in it was seized at Yuma International Airport in Arizona.
IED Training Kit
Who knows what was going through the mind of the person who packed an IED training kit in their checked bag and attempted to put it on a plane at Honolulu International Airport. Though there are no real bombs in this training kit, they certainly look real enough.
81 Pounds of Marijuana
This person wasn’t even trying to be subtle: they just filled up their suitcases with marijuana and tried to put them on airplane at Oakland International Airport. What do you say when you get busted for trying to do that? I’m sorry officer, I didn’t know that was illegal…
Somebody was caught with this comb knife in their carry on bag at Detroit International Airport. I guess it makes sense though: carrying one of these allows you to save space by giving you the ability to comb your hair and stab someone while only carrying one item.
Swiss Army Knife Cell Phone Case
While turning an iPhone case into a veritable Swiss Army Knife is a pretty ingenious idea, it is still something that should not be carried on an airplane. This passenger attempting to board a flight at Boston International Airport probably legitimately forgot about the augmented cell phone case they were using and got busted when trying to go through airport security.
Practice Claymore Mine
I would have loved to have seen the look on the TSA agent’s face when he or she saw the outline of a complete claymore mine set on the x-ray machine. Luckily, it turned out to be an inert claymore mine used for training purposes. A passenger in San Francisco attempted to bring this on an airplane.
AT-4 Anti-Tank Weapon
Yes, you read that right: somebody attempted to bring an AT-4 anti-tank rocket on an airplane. The black band on the front of the tube indicates that this was an early model rocket with an explosive, armor-penetrating warhead. Who knows how or where they obtained this rocket, but I’ll bet there were some pretty pointed questions asked by both TSA and BATF-E regarding the origin and intended use of it. This incident occurred at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania.
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