26 of the Craziest and Scariest Things the TSA Has Found on Travelers

Sickles, grenades, blasting machines and cannon barrels just a few items in your fellow travelers carry-ons.

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Guns

Guns were the big-ticket item the U.S. Transportation Security Administration found the most of in on the traveling public 2014. Through mid December there were almost 2,200 guns discovered at TSA check-ins, up about 20% over 2013. Unless you live under a rock, trying to carry a gun onto airplane should be an obvious no-no. But guns aren’t the only things that grab the TSA’s attention. Lots of grenades, and bomb-like gear is also out there – a lot. Here’s a look at some of the things the TSA confiscated or otherwise questioned in 2014.

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Not your average PlayStation

Gun parts stuffed ion a PlayStation 2. This one got the passenger arrested.

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Going farming?

A sickle. Hmmm perhaps a farmer forgot a tool?

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The parade of grenades

Grenades and grenade-shaped cologne bottles.

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A stocking stuffer?

A pen and highlighter combo concealing small knives.

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Boom

WWII blasting machine. Would put this in checked luggage just out of principle.

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No onboard fireworks, thanks

A fireworks-style smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Washington-Dulles.

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Just scary

A machete was discovered concealed within the lining of a carry-on bag at Tampa.

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Fishing anyone?

Spear gun. Pretty sure you don’t need this is in the carry-on section.

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Useful if going to Gilligan’s Island

Flare gun.

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Things that go boom

An explosives training kit was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at Northwest Florida.

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Just dumb

92 pounds of marijuana.

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Training warhead

An inert warhead used for training was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tucson.

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That’s a special cut

Nearly three pounds of cocaine discovered in meat.

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Slice and dice

A cane sword.

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100 small cuts

A Kubotan  is a small wooden, plastic, or metal self-defense weapon that’s usually found on a key chain ring . Certain varieties of Kubotans can pull apart to reveal a blade or pepper spray. They’re considered a martial arts weapon and are prohibited from being packed in your carry-on bags. They’re illegal in some jurisdictions and can lead to civil penalties or even arrest, the TSA said.

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Maybe John Belushi was around?

Samurai sword.

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Cannon Barrel

You can add this one to the “items we don’t see every day” category, the TSA stated. An unloaded cannon barrel was discovered along with a passenger’s checked items at the Kahului Airport.

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Just another training mission

A military training kit containing inert blasting caps, inert detonators, inert detonating cord, and inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL). The baggage room was evacuated.

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Stunning

Your basic stun gun disguised as a cell phone.

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Really?

Bear attack deterrent.

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Scary again

Loaded folding rifle in carry-on bag at DFW.

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Cheap knock-off

A notebook cover was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albany that looked like an improvised explosive device on the X-ray monitor. There was no malicious intent, but it’s important to remember that homemade DIY projects can often look pretty ominous to our X-ray operators, the TSA said.

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Again with the fireworks

Inert firework casing.

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More boom-boom

Aluminum powder (fireworks).

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Perhaps going to a “Game of Thrones” convention

A pretty good sized mallet.

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Um, yech

Your basic enchilada with a side order of knife.

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Not gonna be a good morning

Novelty exploding alarm clock.