In the USA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents keep the airports and passengers safe by making sure that everything is all right. But they have seen their share of weird items that passengers try to bring on the plane. Of course, this doesn’t only happen in the USA – all around the world, people try to smuggle bizarre things on a plane. These are the moments when even the most experienced airport security agents get shocked and surprised. So, let’s check out some of these weird items.
Snakes on a Plane
Although this snake didn’t technically get on a plane, we are sure that Samuel L. Jackson would still freak out if he saw it at the airport.
Snakes are not explicitly prohibited by the TSA. However, airlines have restrictions in place when it comes to flying with animals. This 15-inch snake was left behind by the owner at Newark’s security checkpoint.
Not a Gun
Many passengers are unaware of the fact that items that resemble lethal weapons, as wells as replica weapons, are not allowed in the planes. The reason lies in the fact that they often cause delays during screening.
That is why this novelty toilet paper roll was confiscated from a passenger even though it can’t hurt anybody. The shape of it can easily be misread on a scanner and cause a major delay.
Ready for the 4th of July
Fireworks are not legal in all states but even if you are traveling between states where fireworks are legal, you simply can’t bring them on a plane.
Explosives of any kind, including fireworks, are not allowed on flights. So, if you are planning to bring fireworks for the 4th of July party, you better find another means of transportation.
In a While, Crocodile
Animals will often appear on this list. We’ve already seen a snake but that’s just the beginning. Back in May of last year, customs officials at Heathrow were shocked by the sight of live crocodiles.
Apparently, 50 juvenile saltwater crocodiles on their way from Malaysia to a farm near Cambridge were intercepted by airport security agents and animal welfare staff.
A Deadly Combo
What was this passenger thinking when he tried to bring this brass knuckles/grenade combo on the flight? Like what did that person expect to happen in this case?
One weapon is bad enough but a combination like this could never fly. Get it, never fly? It could never fly because it couldn’t get on the plane.
That’s a Big Moose
While TSA doesn’t really prohibit animal feces in your luggage, bringing a giant bag of moose poop on a plane is definitely weird. Plus, some airlines have policies in place to avoid bad smells on their flights.
One passenger out of Alaska had to find this out the hard way when his moose manure was not allowed on the plane. It was a sticky situation.
Becoming Freddy Krueger
How in the world did somebody think they could get on their flight with Freddy Krueger’s murder weapon in the luggage? This razor claw looks so dangerous that it’s just crazy to think you could get it on the plane.
Even if you are shooting the new A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, you would probably be stopped from getting on the plane with this thing or the movie would be called too unrealistic.
Care for a Drink?
We told you that unusual animals are commonly brought by passengers to board the plane. Living tadpoles, however, surprised us the most, especially since the story is hilarious.
These tadpoles were discovered when one woman from South Korea was asked to drink the bottle of liquid she carried with her so she could go through security. After she took a sip and refused to swallow, security found living tadpoles in the water.
Beautiful but Forbidden
You are going to see a lot of blades on this list, mostly in the form of concealed knives or novelty weapons. And no matter how beautiful they are, weapons are simply not allowed on a plane.
Take these novelty knives for example. That’s exceptional design but if you want to bring knives on a flight, you need to have them checked before you try to board.
Scary Bottle Openers
These are not real grenades but they look real enough when looked at through a scanner. They are actually novelty bottle openers but even the manufacturer warns against packing them for a flight.
With these in your luggage, you will certainly cause a delay to yourself and your fellow passengers. These “grenades” were confiscated by the TSA at Newark airport.
No Gift for the Groom
Axes are not allowed on a plane, even if they are a wedding present. This is something that Blake, the groom in this case, had to find out the hard way.
While this is a beautiful personalized 10-inch hatchet, the TSA had to confiscate it from the groom. Unfortunately, Blake had to leave his wedding present behind on his flight out of Richmond.
Have Some Eucalyptus
Unlike all the other stories we found, this is a success story. Passengers on the flight from Dusseldorf to Edinburgh probably didn’t expect to see a koala on the plane but there it was.
The Queensland koala Tanami had his own seat on the plane as he was being transferred to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, his new home. But he was kind enough to share his eucalyptus with other passengers.
Baby on Board
Baby on the plane is nothing unusual. However, one Egyptian couple traveling to the UAE was held at passport control since they lacked a vise for their baby boy.
The couple tried to solve the problem by putting the toddler into their cabin bag. Yeah, not a smart move. Of course, a scanner revealed their secret cargo and the parents were detained in the end.
A Knife or a Lipstick?
As we already mentioned, all knives are prohibited from being in your carry-on luggage. The only way to bring a knife to a plane is to check it beforehand.
Unless you do that, trying to smuggle a knife usually doesn’t end well. This is true even if the knife is cleverly disguised as lipstick in your makeup bag.
Get the Pelvis
By now, you are probably used to seeing live animals on this list. But what about an elk pelvis? That’s got to be a surprise for you.
This passenger was smart enough to ask the TSA team before getting to the airport with an elk pelvis in his luggage. And luckily for him, animal bones can be brought on the plane both in the checked and carry-on luggage, as long as the airline allows it.
The Liquid Cocaine
Smuggling cocaine on a plane is never an easy job, no matter how creative you get. This one passenger tried to smuggle 35 pounds of liquid cocaine into the USA using shampoo bottles.
Unfortunately for the gentleman from Colombia, the plan was not successful. His precious cargo, worth up to $400,000, was confiscated at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
While airlines are generally welcoming towards therapy animals of different kinds, one passenger was banned from taking a peacock on board as her emotional support animal.
The incident happened at the Newark airport when United Airlines refused the request from the passenger saying that the peacock didn’t meet size and weight restrictions, despite the passenger’s willingness to buy a separate ticket for her friend.
A Sharp Snake
This item combines two favorite things from our list – a blade and an animal. We have to admit, this knife with a snake head for a handle is really cool.
But even though it is cool, it is not something you can bring on a plane in your carry-on bag. Remember, you can bring it in your checked luggage, if the airline allows it.
No Spraying on the Airplane
All dangerous items, no matter how beautiful they look, are not permitted on the airplane – unfortunately for the owner of this glittery pepper spray.
Pepper spray, like any other weapon, has to be checked. In addition to this, the TSA team suggests bringing no more than four ounces of pepper spray on your travels or it might get confiscated.
Smuggling live animals is hard, no matter how creative you are. This fact became evident to one passenger who tried to smuggle his pet turtle in a KFC burger.
This happened in 2013 at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and the passenger was stopped when the scanner detected “weird protrusions” in the burger. At least the security was relieved that the man wasn’t trying to eat a live turtle.
Here’s another beautiful knife that was confiscated at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Just look at the detail on the handle, it’s truly a work of art.
Unfortunately, it is also a weapon and it can’t be brought to a plane in a carry-on bag. The knife might be medieval, but airport security is not.
RIP Over the Clouds
It can be very expensive to transport a dead body by plane, often more expensive than the cost of an economy ticket. One family from Liverpool obviously watched Weekend at Bernie’s and came to a brilliant idea.
They tried to bring the deceased in a wheelchair in an attempt to bypass customs at the airport. They even put sunglasses on the poor dead guy but their brilliant plan didn’t work in the end.
Stay Away from the Shoe
Unlike the lady from the Paul Simon song with diamonds on the soles of her shoes, this passenger had razor blades sewn in the sole of his shoes.
While cartridges and disposable razors can be brought on a plane in a carry-on bag, this type of razor blades needs to be checked. This weird attempt to bring unchecked razor blades was discovered in Detroit.
T-Rex on a Plane
We bet that you would never think that someone would try to smuggle a T-Rex skeleton on a plane. This is exactly the plot of a paleontologist Eric Prokopi, who wanted to send a 70-million-year old dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia to the USA.
The idea was to send the skeleton in parts, bone by bone. Prokopi was eventually arrested and sentenced to three months in prison for his weird crime.
The Smoking Gun
After knives, axes and grenades, it is only logical to see a gun on this list. This is exactly what security at a Houston airport discovered going through one passenger’s luggage.
The gun was hidden in modeling clay and stuck inside of a computer. The idea, probably, was that the clay would prevent the gun from showing up on the scanner. It didn’t.
More Snakes on a Plane
It seems that Samuel L. Jackson had it right when he said “I’ve had it with these snakes on this plane!”. They seem to be the favorite animal for passengers to smuggle.
One passenger wanted to bring multiple snakes on board but he was stopped by security and the snakes were fortunately confiscated. Just imagine the panic if they were brought on the plane and escaped!
Time to Wake Up
We already mentioned that any item that resembles a bomb or a weapon can cause a lot of delay at the very least. Well, one Canadian teenager wasn’t aware of this fact.
This kid tried to bring an alarm clock shaped like a bomb on a plane to Vancouver and caused the airport to go on lockdown for three whole hours.
The Humming Underwear
If you are planning to smuggle something, you should at least try to stay calm and not cause any suspicion. One man traveling to France wasn’t able to do this since he was fidgeting during the security check.
Of course, the investigation revealed that there was a reason for his suspicious behavior – the passenger had a dozen baby hummingbirds hidden in his underwear.
That Was Optimistic
Some of these cases have to make you stand in sheer awe at the optimism of the passengers. Just look at the size of these scissors, who thought that could pass the security check?
One overly optimistic passenger did but he was wrong, of course. The scissors were easily noticed by the TSA agents and promptly confiscated.
I See Dead People
I suppose that the security agents were pretty shocked to see this before they were told that this corpse is actually a prop from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 movie.
This lad even has a name. He is called Nubbins and was brought through a security checkpoint at the Atlanta International Airport. Still, imagine having to sit next to Nubbin in the plane.
Not a Fake
No, this is not a fake; it is a very real bomb. However, this mortar round is inactive but you would still have to be crazy to think that it can pass the security checkpoint.
This bomb was found in a checked bag. The TSA team warns passengers that these kinds of items can lead to arrest, or at least a hefty fine.
The Cocaine Cast
One passenger tried to board the plane from Chile to Barcelona in a wheelchair. It was soon discovered that his cast was full of cocaine.
Not only did he have cocaine in his cast, the total amount of cocaine found on his person was 11 pounds and it was also hidden in two hollowed-out wheelchair legs and a 6-pack of beer.
Just Some Flower Pots
The surprise that awaited TSA officers at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport during the security check of some flower pots was grisly and scary.
The agents found human remains in the pots and although the passenger claimed ignorance on the issue, the screening process was slowed down and boarding delayed since the area became a crime scene.
The Mad Max Mask
This apocalyptic mask looks like it came straight out of the set of Mad Max. The item was found in carry-on luggage at a Miami airport and quickly confiscated by the airport security.
The mask itself looks terrifying enough but the passenger that tried to bring it on a plane didn’t agree. That’s why there are also replica bullets on it, which are, by the way, banned in carry-on luggage.
We’ve seen many animals but none of them were endangered species. At least not until one passenger decided to bring endangered seahorses on a plane.
The prohibited liquor bottle was actually the first thing that caught the eye of security at a Detroit airport. On a closer look, the TSA agents discovered 5 dead seahorses in the bottle.
Dangerous Phone Case
Having a case for your iPhone is not a crime, even if you whittle yourself a case out of wood. However, if you include a special compartment for your throwing star, you’ll have to answer some questions.
This is exactly what one passenger out of Ontario tried to bring on his flight. While he certainly gets points for creativity, concealed items usually lead to fines and arrest.
A Suicide Vest
This turned out to be a prop for a live-action role playing game but when the airport security at a Richmond airport first saw it, they were not amused.
And while this homemade suicide vest was harmless, the protocol requires explosive experts to come to the scene. They were called right away, along with the airport police and the vest was confiscated.
Let Me Cut You a Slice
One passenger at Southwest Florida International Airport was afraid of being hungry during his flight, so he decided to bring a meat slicer just in case.
While a terrorist could hardly do much damage with a meat slicer, this item still had to be confiscated because of its potential to be used as a weapon.
Nailed to the Seat
Homemade weapons can really get creative. Just take a look at this paint roller wrapped in wire and sandpaper and filled with outward-pressed nails to make sharp spikes.
What kind of an innocent explanation could a homemade stack of nails have? Like, what did the passenger who tried to smuggle this item in his carry-on bag have to say to the airport security?
Going to War
Sure, we can understand trying to smuggle knives or even guns, but an anti-tank weapon is just too much. Like, way too much. This 84mm beast can do so much damage but why do you need it in a plane?
We can only image the surprise at the faces of the TSA agents at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania when they saw this baby.