Gigantic Lobster Found in Checked Luggage at Boston Airport

June 26, 2017 Updated: June 26, 2017

A 20-pound lobster was discovered in a piece of luggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said.

The large crustacean was placed in a bag inside a checked bag at the airport.

TSA workers snapped a photo of the massive arthropod, which apparently was still alive. According to the TSA, “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container,” WCVB-TV reported. TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy shared a photo of the lobster on Twitter, saying the federal agency’s “officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster.”


CBS Boston, citing a TSA spokesperson, is reporting that the lobster was traveling in a cooler and “is alive and well.”

It comes just days after a 132-year-old lobster was released back into the ocean after living inside a clam bar’s tank.

Louie the Lobster had resided at Peter’s Clam Bar in Hempstead, New York, for the past 20 years or so, the New York Post reported. The lobster earlier this month got a pardon from the Town of Hempstead before it was loaded onto a speedboat and placed into the sea.

“He’s the largest and oldest of all my lobsters,” former owner Butch Yamali told the New York Post. “It’s happy and sad.”

A patron offered him $1,000 to eat Louie.

“He said, ‘I want to bring it home for a Father’s Day feast,'” Yamali added. “I mean, that would’ve been some impressive feast. But I didn’t want to sell it.”

“It’s like a pet now, I couldn’t sell it,” Yamali said.

Peter’s Clam Bar pardoned another lobster named Larry in June 2016.