A passenger passing through O’Hare International Airport this week attempted to pass through security with a dozen prohibited items in a carry-on bag – and they weren’t oversized toiletries.
According to a tweet from the Transportation Security Administration’s Great Lakes Twitter account, a traveler hoped to run through the x-ray machine a bin full of sharp objects, including what appears to be a hatchet, two saw blades, several knives of different sizes, two screwdrivers and more.
“Sharp objects, including meat cleavers, are not permitted in your carry-on and must be sheathed or securely packed in checked baggage,” the tweet read.
According to the TSA, although many people try to smuggle them through, no sharp knives of any kind are allowed in carry-on baggage.
“If we had a penny for every knife we see in carry-on, well, we’d all be retired and living on a beautiful island by now,” the TSA said in a 2021 blog post. Butter knives without serrated edges are good for traveling in your carry-on luggage.
“Let’s be as clear as possible,” the message continued. “Sharp knives, including pocket butterfly knives, cannot be carried in your carry-on baggage. If you are traveling with sharp objects, please pack them carefully and place them in your checked baggage.”
When it comes to tools, however, the TSA says “size matters.”
“Tools measuring 7 inches or less are allowed in carry-on baggage, unless they have sharp blades,” the TSA’s message reads. “Sharp tools or tools over 7 inches in length must be packed in checked bags.”
According to a separate tweet from TSA, some of the items that made it to the “10 Best Takes of 2021” list include a meth-stuffed burrito found at Hobby International Airport in Houston, Texas; Bear spray confiscated from Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport in Florida; a confiscated machete at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, Virginia; and a chainsaw confiscated from Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana.