NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE think fondly of the TSA. The “random” pat-downs are irritating, the lines are long and slow moving, having to take off your shoes is ridiculous, and the “naked” body scanners are just creepy. But TSA has done at least one thing really well: Instagram.
The TSA Instagram is basically just pictures of the stuff they find in people’s bags, and some of it is absolutely insane.
#TSAGoodCatch – These three knives were discovered last week in carry-on bags at the #Detroit (#DTW) Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Knives of any size are prohibited in carry-on bags, and concealed knives – such as a lipstick knife – may lead to a fine and/or arrest.
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The thing above, incidentally, turned out to be a keychain based on a Draven Axe from the game League of Legends.
#TSAGoodCatch – This “monster” holding an inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #EagleCounty (#EGE) Regional Airport in #Colorado. While this is a humorous novelty item, TSA officers don’t know items such as these are inert until explosives detection professionals, along with law enforcement, remove the item from the X-ray tunnel and resolve the alarm. This most likely will cause a closure of our checkpoint and lead to missed and delayed flights. Grenades, inert or otherwise, are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
Basic rule of thumb: don’t bring anything that looks like a grenade onto an airplane.
#TBT 2012 – These eels were discovered in a passenger’s checked bag at the #Miami (#MIA) International Airport. Among many other things, the passenger was attempting to transport 163 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates to #Maracaibo (MAR). The passenger surrendered the items to the @usfws (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). #TSAGoodCatch
A less intuitive, but still good rule of thumb: keep your bag of eels at home.
Really guys? We really have to make TSA tell us that anti-tank weapons are prohibited?
So there you have it: through the power of social media, TSA proves why it is they are so desperately, desperately needed. Keep taking those shoes off, and laptops come out of the bag, please.