The Transportation Safety Administration has some problems finding weapons in luggage, to be sure.
But the TSA social media accounts are still a great source of horror/amusement/disbelief for the bevy of weapons agents do manage to find in security checks.
Last week alone, 56 total firearms – including two at Midway and one at O’Hare – 45 of which were loaded and 18 with rounds in the chamber were snapped up. But guns are surprisingly usual and mundane when compared with some of the other weapons found. Some highlights included swords, grenades (five total, with four in carry-on bags, but inert!), throwing stars, a bow and some silencers.
Here’s a look at some of the “best” of the bunch:
View this post on Instagram #TSAGoodCatch – This sword was discovered this week in a carry-on bag at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). All swords and knives are prohibited from being transported in carry-on bags; however, may be packed in checked baggage. A post shared by TSA (@tsa) on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:13pm PDT View this post on Instagram These inert grenades were discovered last week in both carry-on and checked baggage. Whether it’s a live or inert grenade, or a novelty item such as a belt buckle, lighter, etc., anything resembling a grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage. In addition to possible arrests and fines, items such as these can lead to the closure of checkpoints and checked baggage areas and lead to missed and delayed flights. #TSAGoodCatch A post shared by TSA (@tsa) on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:17pm PDT View this post on Instagram #TSAGoodCatch – These nunchucks were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Martial arts weapons are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. They may however be packed in checked baggage, but it’s best to check local laws to ensure your weapons aren’t illegal to possess. A post shared by TSA (@tsa) on May 15, 2015 at 4:51pm PDT