9 terrifying things people tried to sneak onto planes

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Published Jun 7, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 3:53 pm CDT


This week, Melvin Carraway, acting head of the Transportation Security Administration, lost his job. Why? Because, as Homeland Security confirmed, “TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests… as part of a DHS inspector general review.”

That might sound a bit alarming, but let’s give the Transportation Security Administration just a little bit of credit: At least they didn’t let these terrifying items onto a plane.

1) Mace

According to the TSA, “an inert grenade was discovered inside a stuffed penguin at the #Manchester – #Boston Regional Airport.”

5) Hatchet

“This hollowed-out book with two 6½” throwing knives was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Washington Reagan (#DCA) National Airport,” laughed the TSA.

9) Folding throwing star

Discovered in Oakland, California. Stylin’.

Photo via dan paluska/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) 

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2015, 12:00 pm CDT