11 Odd Things The TSA has Confiscated at Airports

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Airport security lines are painfully long to get through, but there is good reason why. Here are some of the weirdest, wildest, and dangerous items TSA has confiscated from air travelers.

11. Kitten Keychain

Yes, this looks like an innocent, adorable keychain. But it doubles as a punching weapon. Tons of these weapons like this one found at Norfolk International airport get confiscated each year.

10. Lipstick Stun Gun

Someone must have been binge watching spy movies, because a bejeweled lipstick stun gun was confiscated at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

9. A Fidget Spinner

The latest trend among kids is indeed allowed on airplanes. However, this weapon that TSA described as “Satan’s fidget spinner” had to be taken away in Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

8. Giant Teddy Bear


Click on the link in our profile to read a blog post on this subject. ***UPDATE*** After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we’ve learned that he’s a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind.*** Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips

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Although it was later determined to be part of a stunt by a Youtuber, TSA was asked by a traveler if this giant stuffed bear could board the plane as a passenger. The traveler even bought a ticket for the bear. TSA, however, deemed the bear as too large, and the sad looking toy was abandoned at LAX.

7. Quite a Pair

At an airport in San Jose, marijuana was found in a bottle of Skippy Peanut Butter. The traveler must have been trying to save a snack for later.

6. The Classic Trojan Horse

In 2012, fireworks were loaded into a ceramic trojan horse at the Helena Regional Airport. Someone must have been brushing up on their Greek history.

5. Captain Mickey

Weapons get disguised and hidden in luggage quite frequently, but this traveler tried to hide his gun and ammunition in a stuffed Mickey, teddy bear and rabbit. These are not toy guns.

4. Boozy Sea Horses

In Detroit, TSA confiscated an oversized bottle of liquor. What makes this item even worse is that it encapsulated five dead endangered seahorses.

3. Snakes on a Plane

In 2011, seven snakes and three turtles were found in a traveler’s pants while going through security at the Miami International Airport. The animals were taken away by officers, and this almost sly guy was arrested.

2. A Giant Lobster

A Boston TSA officer found this lobster when a baggage alarm was going off, and he needed to empty a container. Luckily, the lobster was allowed on after all. Hope that passenger wasn’t too crabby about needing to have his bag examined.

1. A Movie Corpse

Lights, camera, airport security! This item wasn’t confiscated, but was too crazy not to mention. A prop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie was brought to the Atlanta International Airport. TSA screened it, and let it on the plane.