Scary Weapons Passengers Have Tried to Sneak Past the TSA

By Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca
May 18, 2016 Updated: May 24, 2016

We all know that passing through airport security checkpoints can be frustrating. Of late, as passengers at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport know, they can be downright awful. 

Despite an ongoing staffing shortage—which has led to long lines, missed flights, and stranded passengers—the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) serves an important role in the safety of millions of travelers.  

So, next time you’re waiting in an airport security line, entertain yourself with this list of ridiculous items TSA officers have found since the start 2016.

If the list below doesn’t convince you, check out some more dangerous items TSA officers have found and posted on its Instagram account, and the airports with the worst transgressors!

In 2015, TSA officers screened 708,316,339 million passengers (over 1.9 million per day), which is almost 41 million more than in 2014. TSA also screened 1.6 billion carry-on bags, 432 million checked bags, and 12.9 million airport employees.

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Giuliana Manca
Giuliana Manca