Jan 13, 2013 12:46 - Regina Falkowski | 1,853 views
You’re on your way to the airport and are all packed and ready. “Oh honey, I don’t need to leave my gun, cannonball and stun-gun at home. Surely I will be able to bring it onto the plane with me!” Yeah. People actually bring these kinds of items with them, thinking they will be allowed to pass through airport security unharmed or without getting searched.
Sure, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has gotten a lot of flack lately for being too overbearing, but with some of the things people actually think they can bring through security, can you blame them? Sometimes you’ve really got to wonder about people … and why they think it’s okay to sneak snakes, grenades and exotic animals on a plane. Maybe if people started using the TSA app and use the feature, “Can I bring my …” and enter the item keyword to see if they can bring it onboard. “Can I bring my set of Samurai swords?” No, sir, you absolutely cannot bring those onboard (unless you check it).
Why would anyone bring items otherwise known as not safe to fly with with them? Possibly they’re moving and didn’t want to sell or lose those valuable items, but you can get some assistance from moving companies with these items so you know what you can and can’t bring to the airport.
Here’s a look at some of the most crazy, wacky and unthinkable items people try to sneak through security with them:
Tigers, Snakes and Birds, Oh My!
A 31-year-old woman drugged and muzzled a cub tiger and placed it in her suitcase, disguising it with a variety of stuffed toy tigers. Luckily for the cub, X-ray images picked up its silhouette and the woman was immediately apprehended before she could board her flight and try to sell the cub on the black market in Iran. The woman did what anyone would have done in the situation: insisted it wasn’t her suitcase and another passenger asked her to carry it onboard for them. Right.
According to the TSA, a woman was discovered with two birds wrapped in socks and taped to her leg and chest. Apparently, she was on her way to China and just had to bring the birds with her. Interesting.
Who knew the movie flop “Snakes on a Plane” would happen in real life. A man was caught in Miami with seven snakes hidden in his pants. But, how did he do that you wonder? Apparently, the snakes were coiled up and stashed inside pantyhose that the man tucked into his pants. The TSA agents found the reptiles using imaging technology.
Stun-Gun Disguised as a Smart Phone
Women will do anything to protect themselves these days. Even try to board a plane with a hot pink stun-gun that looks like a smartphone. Nice try, but authorities allowed her to continue on with her flight after she surrendered the weapon.
Surprisingly, there’s an overwhelming amount of people who try to sneak ninja stars onboard. Maybe they think it doesn’t violate airport rules because they’re for ninjas! Most recently, a set of Batman stars were found in San Diego. Was Batman trying to board a plane? Of course not, Batman doesn’t need the simple travels that normal human beings do.
According to the TSA, an X-ray machine caught something abnormal in someone’s luggage in Texas. They found an antique, military bazooka round. Law enforcement officers had to come in because it was unknown if the round was live or inert and the whole baggage area had to be immediately evacuated. The item was successfully evacuated to a safe location and was found non-threatening. Because of this, five flights were delayed, affecting hundreds of passengers.
Chainsaw. . .With Gas
Believe it or not, you CAN fly with a chainsaw if you check it. But if there’s still gas in there, no dice. The obvious reason – gas is a highly flammable liquid.
Bottom line, most things can be checked, so if you’re moving across country and want to bring your antique collection of swords and knives, spend the extra money and check it. Don’t try to sneak it onboard, it won’t work.
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