The TSA may be a very incompetent and sloppily run organization, but that doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally find interesting things in people’s luggage while going through it. I was actually really shocked to see just how many crazy and insane things the TSA has found in people’s luggage in the past year. Apparently, most people don’t seem to grasp just how much they’ll be searched when they go through the airport, because the list of things here is pretty insane. Some people have tried to sneak firearms, landmines, throwing knives, flare guns, and even more insane things through security at their local airport. One guy even tried to smuggle some C-4 through the country.
Here are just some of the items that people have tried to sneak into their luggage while getting onto airplanes just in the year 2011 alone:
Over 1200 firearms – the owners claimed they had forgotten they had them with them when they went to the airport.
A set of 4 interactive landmines
2 concealed throwing knives inside of a hollowed-out book
A live turtle
An assortment of other live animals
A block of active C-4, which a man said that he was going to show his family when he got home.
A flare gun, with seven rounds of ammunition.
A .380 caliber handgun, loaded and strapped to a man’s ankle
A canister of tear gas.
While this list really doesn’t do anything to actually address the issues with the TSA’s incompetence, or repeated searches of peoples body cavities, removal of artificial body parts, including cancer victims breast implants, etc. It does at least show that they aren’t completely wasting our time with all of these searches.
Of course the question will probably never be answered as to whether these people were actually going to use any of these items, it’s probably just as well that they were removed from these people’s possession, considering what could’ve happened if even one of these people was able to check in and fly with their crazy items.
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