The unbelievable shocking things air travelers tried to bring on board
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With a heightened sense of terrorism gripping the travel industry today, it's amazing to learn what things passengers bring with them on to planes. All manner of bizarre - and deadly items are found in carry-on luggage. Everything thing from razors-harp "bat-arangs" inspired by the "Batman" movies to stun guns disguised as lipstick have all been caught by airplane security officials as people tried to board U.S. planes this year.
While this statue of a monster holding a grenade is a whimsical joke, airport officials will have to delay passengers boarding until they determine that the grenade is a fake.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Such items as loaded firearms, live ammunition, inert anti-tank shells, and canes with hidden knives have been confiscated by airport security officers.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, many [passenger exclaim in all innocence that they just forgot to leave this items at home. Passengers in good faith didn't know weapons such as guns and swords, and kitchen items such as meat cleavers are all banned from hand luggage.
The year of 2015 proved airport security's busiest on record.
The items lead to delays for fellow passengers, or even citations or actual arrest for travelers.
The administration has shared photos of some of these lethal items to their 400,000 followers on Instagram.
A record number of guns were seized, with more than 2,500 have been discovered as of December 17. This eclipsed the previous record of 2,212, set in the previous year of 2014.
TSA officers found a lipstick stun gun at Chicago Midway International Airport in March, shortly before they intercepted a stun gun disguised as a cane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Inert grenades or replica bombs cause untold delays at airports, as officials must determine whether they are decommissioned duds.
In another hilarious incident, a passenger tried to fly from the airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with an inert anti-tank projectile in their checked bag.
One fast and sure rule about airplane safety is if an item looks like a real bomb, projectile, grenade, or mine -- it is strictly prohibited. Fines of up to $11,000 can be cited to passengers when they are caught at security checkpoints.
"Each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested," the TSA said on its blog.
"This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that is for the law enforcement officer to decide.
"In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items."
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