If you have an Instagram and you’re not following the official TSA account (@tsa), you’re really missing out.
I assume the Travel Safety Administration created an Instagram account for a few reasons. The first reason is, clearly, to show how trendy/hip they are. The other reasons are to make people laugh at the ridiculous things people attempt to board planes with, and to scare the shit out of you with pictures of all the weapons they've intercepted.
The range of prohibited items confiscated is so much wider than you would ever think possible. A quick scan of the @tsa account reveals that people try to bring some real crazy shit on airplanes.
Let’s take a look at a few choice images.
The above collection of items was confiscated over the course of a month from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Mississippi. Who would have thought portable band saws aren’t allowed in checked baggage?
The following is quite possibly the most unnerving photo on the entire account.
According to the TSA, “This is a portion of the inert/replica ordinance that was discovered in a year’s time at the St. Louis International Airport in 2010.” Yes, you read that correctly, this is from ONE airport in ONE year.
This next one is my personal favorite.
Passengers flying out of Oakland International Airport apparently thought they would be able to slip through the security check unnoticed with 81 POUNDS of marijuana.
And then there are the poor travelers who left all these items behind at LAX.