TSA Officers Top Ten Most Unusual Finds of 2016 (Learn More, See Video)

TSA officers have kept a lot of dangerous and often times wacky items off of commercial aircraft this year.

Here are some of those items in our #TopTen Most Unusual Finds of 2016! 

10) Hand Grenade Trailer Hitch Cover: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
9) Hello Kitty Firearm: Bradley International Airport (BDL)
8) Negan’s Bat Lucille: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
7) Golden Hand Grenade: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
6) Replica Suicide Vest: Richmond International Airport (RIC)
5) Bladed Dragon Claw: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
4) Dead Seahorses in Brandy Bottle: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
3) Five-Bladed Flogger: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
2) Post-Apocalyptic Bullet Adorned Gas Mask: Miami International Airport (MIA)
1) Movie Prop Corpse: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

(Courtesy of the TSA and YouTube)

In just this last week TSA officers discovered 82 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation.

Of the 82 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 27 had a round chambered.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

You can view the video below, or go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage. 

(Thinking of traveling with a firearm? Watch this short informative video to learn more! Courtesy of the TSA and YouTube)

All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.

In addition to all of the other prohibited items the TSA finds weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why they are talking about these finds.

Sure, it’s great to share the things that TSA officers are finding, but at the same time, each time they find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.

This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home.

Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide.

In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report.

The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 20112012201320142015 and 2016.

Firearm Discovery Spreadsheet

Courtesy of the TSA. Original post https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2017/07/07/tsa-week-review-82-firearms-discovered-last-week-carry-bags-73-loaded