16 of the craziest things the TSA has spotted in people’s luggage

When it comes to travelers cannot fly, there are obvious prohibited items, such as guns and knives. But there are also more random ones, like Magic 8 Balls, foam toy swords and bowling pins.

Even if an item is obviously prohibited, there are always travelers who will try to get it through airport security. And Transportation Security Administration employees have the photos to prove it.

The TSA shares some of the most outrageous things airport agents have come across on its Instagram account, along with some pretty informative or entertaining captions. The agency credits Janis Burl, who leads the Transportation Security Administration’s social media team, for the account’s resounding success — with more than 1.1. million followers to date.

“If we stop something at the airport, a picture is taken because reports have to be filed,” Burl told The New York Times earlier this year. “When we hear about the incident, either from TSA spokespeople or the airports themselves, we ask for the photo.”

As for the puns that litter Instagram captions, she thinks the pun helps get the point across.

“Nobody remembers what was on the morning news, but they will remember the joke you told them,” Burl explained. “If it takes humor to help you remember what you can and cannot do when going through security, then humor is what we will provide. Whatever the public is talking about, we want to talk about it and we want to provide the public with travel advice in the process. »

Here’s a selection of some of the wild items the TSA has spotted in people’s carry-on bags.

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