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.
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.
#TSATravelTips – It’s a bad idea to pack anything in your carry-on bag that looks like a firearm and ammo as it will slow things down for you and the travelers in line behind you. These shoes and bullet wrist bands were discovered in a carry-on bag recently at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI). While replicas are prohibited in carry-on bags, these shoes could have been packed in checked baggage.
#TSAGoodCatch – This inert anti-tank landmine was discovered in a checked bag at Austin (AUS). If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because our explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.
Ok, this one isn’t a weapon, and it’s not illegal, but it’s definitely a head-turner.