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39 of the Most Ludicrous Things Ever Confiscated by Airport Security

From anti-tank guns to bazookas and even live eels...

Airport anxiety is a real thing. It may not have a special scientific name – let’s call it why-is-this-queue-moving-so-slowly-aphobia – but it’s definitely a real thing. You see people panicking all the time when they’re in the airport about to travel.

Airport anxiety is the reason there’s always that slightly tense atmosphere around the departure lounge, and why people insist of joining the giant queue for the flight as soon as they start boarding, rather than just waiting till the end and strolling on last.

One place where the anxiety really kicks in for many people is during airport security. This is when you’re forced to put your shoes, belt, bags, iPads, ears, fingernails and underwear in a tray and walk through an x-ray machine to make sure you don’t have a bomb hidden somewhere like your lungs.

Everyone is rushing. Everyone is getting in each other’s way. Is it all really necessary? Well, let us let you in on a secret. Yes. It is freakin’ necessary, because some people actually do try and bring some truly preposterous stuff on their aeroplane.

Over in America, where guns are a thing, this gets particularly bad, as you can imagine. That’s what has made the Instagram account of the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, one of the most interesting on the web. The stuff they confiscate is absolutely bonkers.

TSA have racked up a smooth 367,000 followers with their pictures of items they have seized at airports around America, and let us tell you, some of them are ludicrous. Who is seriously trying to bring a grenade through in hand luggage?! And that’s not even the worst of the lot…

1) An Anti-Tank Weapon

 

2) A Snake

 

3) A Hatchet

 

4) A MK 2 Hand Grenade

 

5) Martial Arts Throwing Stars

 

6) A Practice Suicide Bombing Jacket

 

7) A Meat Cleaver

 

8) A Spear Gun

 

9) A Load of Gun Stuff

 

10) A Hollowed-Out Book With Two Throwing Knives

 

11) A Smoke Grenade

 

12) 80 Pounds of Marijuana

 

13) More Gun Stuff

 

14) Grenade Looking Hot Sauce

 

15) A Samurai Sword & Bow and Arrow

 

16) A Cane Sword and Nunchucks

 

17) A Literal Cannon

 

18) 92 Pounds of Marijuana

 

19) A Mortar

 

20) Another Smoke Grenade

 

 

21) Live Eels

 

22) A Large Antique Sword

 

23) A Chihuahua

 

24) A Human Skull

 

25) Yet Another Smoke Grenade

 

 

26) Loads of Throwing Stars

 

27) Another Practise Explosive Vest

 

28) Another Grenade

 

29) This Loaded Gun

 

30) ANOTHER Live Smoke Grenade… Seriously?!

 

31) Oh Come On. Really? Again?

 

32) An Anti-Tank Projectile

 

33) Pretty Standard By This Point

 

34) A Fake Bomb Aid

 

35) Two Birds

 

36) An Old Military BAZOOKA

 

37) This is Getting Out of Hand

 

38) Moooooore Axes

 

39) And More Guns. Obviously

 

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