Weird Things Found by Airport Security

Weird Things Found by Airport Security

The crews who work for airport security come in contact with thousands of people on a daily basis. Most of those people are carrying totally mundane things in their carry-ons.

However, the security team occasionally crosses paths with people trying to smuggle unapproved items through x-ray machines and inspections.

Some of these items are innocuous, some are dangerous, and some are even alive. All are prohibited onboard. Clearly, some passengers don’t know what they can bring through airport security.

Passengers have tried to get away with bringing fireworks, human skulls, and even weapons concealed in food on board.

If you want to know a few of the strangest, silliest and scariest things that Transport Security Administration agents have come across.

Here are the weirdest things found by airport security

AVALANCHE CHARGE

This homemade device is used for creating avalanches, explosive charges have been used since the 1950s for avalanche control for public safety.

All avalanche charges in use today at ski resorts are “mass-explosion hazard” DOT Class 1.1D High Explosives and require massive amounts of space for BATFE permitted magazine storage

One was found in a carry-on at Alaska’s Anchorage International Airport. The passenger was later arrested.

1avalanche_0

BAGS FILLED WITH FISH

Something seemed fishy when security thought they heard sloshing sounds coming from the skirt of a woman flying from a Melbourne airport to Singapore.

Turns out, she had 15 bags filled with live tropical fish (which she was trying to transport illegally) hidden in an apron under her skirt.

That’s right, a fish is definitely out of the water!

2_fish in bags_shutterstock_edit_0

BEAR ATTACK DETERRENT

Bear spray is a specific aerosol spray bear deterrent, whose active ingredients are highly irritant capsaicin and related capsaicinoids, that is used to deter aggressive or charging bears.

This unusual item was confiscated from a carry-on at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska. Luckily, bears don’t fly coach. The deterrent stayed with TSA.

3_bear attack_slide_edit_0

CROCODILES

A passenger traveling to Bangkok from Bangladesh was apprehended after security found seven freshwater baby crocodiles hidden in suitcases.

The small crocs were only found after authorities received a tip.

4_Crocodiles_shutterstock_edit_0

A DOG

This poor pup didn’t want her owner to leave without her! Without her owner noticing the tiny Chihuahua climbed into her suitcase and got zipped inside!

Luckily TSA at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport was able to get the dog out, unharmed, and reunite it with the owner.

5_Dog_istock_Edit_0

DRIED CATERPILLARS

A 22-year-old man tried to smuggle 207 pounds of dried caterpillars through customs at Gatwick Airport in England.

Reportedly, the man claimed that he was going to use them for “food” and “personal consumption.”

6_Caterpillars_Shutterstock_Edit_0

ENCHILADA CONCEALING A KNIFE

Cheese, chicken, and beef are all great inside an enchilada. Knives, however, are less tasty — and also dangerous.

A passenger was apprehended by security at Sonoma Airport in California bringing an enchilada with a knife hidden on the inside onto a flight.

It was later discovered by TSA to be an accident and the passenger was released.

7_Enchilada_slide_edit_0

GOAT MEAT FILLED WITH COCAINE

Drug dealer Yudishtir Maharaj was caught trying to smuggle cocaine stuffed inside frozen goat meat at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2014.

8_Goat Meat_Slide_edit_0

HAND GRENADE

According to the TSA website, hand grenades are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags.

A man who tried to bring a WWII-era hand grenade through LAX was arrested after the device was discovered.

9_Hand Grenade_Shutterstock_Edit_0

HUMAN EYEBALLS

Weird things happened in 2007, 10 human eyeballs were found floating in a glass jar by security at London’s Stansted Airport. Bet they did not see that coming!

10_eyeballs_istock_edit_0

LIVE PIGEONS

Maybe it is one of the Weird things, the passenger thought the extra wings would help the plane fly faster? A passenger on a flight from Dubai was stopped at Melbourne Airport with a pigeon in each of his socks.

He had even wrapped them in a padded envelope for protection.

14_Live Pigeons_istock_Edit_0

LIVE EELS

A Miami International Airport passenger attempted to transport a bag full of eels through security, as well as 163 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates.

The items were eventually surrendered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

13_Live eels_shutterstock_edit_0

HUMAN SKULL FRAGMENTS INSIDE A CLAY POT

One of the Weird things security officers at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale International Airport found was human skull fragments inside a clay pot that had been recently purchased by passengers.

However, the passengers had no idea that the skull fragments were inside. They did not get to keep the pot.

12_human skull_slide_edit_0

MONEY ROLLED IN PASTRY

In 2012, German customs agents reportedly thwarted money launderers at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport who had rolled up bills and concealed them in pastries.

15_Money rolled in pastry_istock_edit_0

PRESERVED SEAHORSES

A passenger at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport had five dead-endangered seahorses inside a large liquor bottle.

The bottle would have been confiscated anyway for containing more than three ounces of liquid

but the sea horses were a wild surprise! We wonder if this passenger knew about the man who had his four and a half pounds of dried seahorses for personal consumption confiscated in Spain.

16_Preserved sea horses_istock_edit_0

REPLICA OF THE ‘LUCILLE’ BAT FROM ‘THE WALKING DEAD’

This replica of a bat featured in the TV show The Walking Dead was uncovered at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport.

The barbed wire wrapped around it was fake, but the TSA still confiscated the weapon.

17_Lucille bat_TSA_edit_0

SMOKE BOMB

It`s one of the Weird things a live smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

The TSA even blogged about the event, explaining, “Not only do smoke grenades deploy a thick blanket of smoke, but they also burn extremely hot and are considered hazmat.

They are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.”

19_Smoke bomb_istock_Edit_0

SNAKES

Australian officials discovered two live 16-inch emerald green tree boas in clay pots that were being mailed to Sweden from Adelaide. Samuel L. Jackson would not approve.

Now that you know what weird things not to pack, take cues from your flight attendant and learn what 15 foods and drinks flight attendants avoid on a plane.

20_Snakes_istock_edit_0

Related Posts

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.