Have you ever been in the security lineup at the airport only to realize that there’s something in your bag — a pair of tweezers, a pocket knife, a bottle of hairspray — that the TSA agent is definitely not going to let you board the plane with? We’ve all been there. Giving up a tube of toothpaste or a small hair-removal device is a sacrifice that most flyers have to make at some point in their travels.
Although these everyday items are easy to overlook when packing your carry-on, the hardworking folks at the TSA find much more than pointy things and grooming products. Each year, thousands upon thousands of items are confiscated, and some of them are quite… interesting. The most bizarre of them made it into the TSA’s annual list of unusual finds, which, this year, has been presented by “Blogger Bob” Burns on YouTube, who happens to run the TSA’s social media accounts.
From several pieces of grenade art to a handheld ‘face tenderizer,’ here are the top ten most bizarre items confiscated by the TSA in 2017.
10. Face Tenderizer
A flyer out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was caught trying to fly with this “face tenderizer,” which is essentially knuckle rings with part of a meat tenderizer stuck onto it. Who knew that the human face actually needed to be tenderized?
9. Shoes Stuffed with Grenades
Perhaps the two grenades found stuffed into a pair of shoes in a checked bag were meant to incinerate any lingering stink. Well, that’s certainly an effective (and highly illegal) way to deal with bad foot odour.
8. Pointy Fidget Spinner
The fidget spinner had quite a year, so it’s not surprising that the TSA ended up with a few of their own. One of the most impressive items in their collection was this super sharp silver one. Clearly, this wasn’t child or adult-friendly.
7. Grenade Art
This is an… um… well, it’s clearly a…. Yeah, I have no idea, but it’s certainly NOT getting onto a plane.
6. Lonely Throwing Star
This weapon was confiscated at the Las Vegas McCarran Internatonal Airport, and you know what they say: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
When deciding what to pack into your carry-on, it’s not a bad idea to ask yourself: “Would Death carry this?” If the answer’s yes, you might want to leave it at home.
4. Satan’s Pizza Cutter
This is just as strange as the face tenderizer. Why is this even a thing?
3. Bone Knife
The sharpest bone allowed on a plane is an elbow, and even those should be wielded with care, especially when the drink trolley’s passing by.
2. Replica Rifle Umbrella
If it looks like a gun and feels like a gun, don’t even try bringing it on a plane.
1. Festively Wrapped Narcotics
In the Los Angeles International Airport, TSA agents found some narcotics covered in holiday wrapping paper. Good try, but not good enough.
And a Bonus Item, Another Statue Made with a Grenade
Apparently grenade art had almost as good a year as fidget spinners, and Bob’s facepalm says it all.
Who knows what other unusual items the TSA will find in 2018. Hopefully, none of them will be as dangerous as the ones confiscated least year.