What’s the strangest thing that airplane passengers took with them when traveling? Some of these things you probably wouldn’t want to know.
The beginning of 2024 is a good time to summarize the previous 12 months. The US government’s Transportation Security Administration has therefore prepared a report on travel last year in terms of passenger behavior. She collected information about the strangest things they carried in their luggage. What was in them? The knife hidden in the loaf of bread is just the beginning.
Passengers tried to smuggle various things
The report prepared by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows, first of all, how much work has been done by airport security screening workers. It’s scary to think what could have happened if they hadn’t noticed some of these things.
The unit prevented, among other things, transporting almost 7 thousand firearms on board aircraft. But weapons weren’t the only things travelers put in their suitcases.
In 2023, TSA screened more than 858 million passengers, which translates into an average of approximately 2.4 million passengers per day. Among this number, several people tried to smuggle illegal items through airport security checkpoints.
The 10 strangest things passengers carried in their luggage in 2023.
Number 10 was a discovery made at the Boston airport. It was here that Naruto’s throwing knives were found in his carry-on bag. The TSA found the knives in May after a “Hidden Leaf Village” ninja forgot to put his items in a checked bag.
9th place was taken by replicas of rockets discovered in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In the 8th place, the officers placed a knife hidden in… a loaf of bread. They discovered it at the Seattle-Tacoma airport in November.
Number 7 contained a bag of methamphetamine placed in a container of crab cooking spice. An unusual discovery was made in November at the international airport. Louis Armstrong in New Orleans (MSY).
The bomb squad at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was called to respond to Number 6. A 35mm bullet was found in a passenger’s suitcase. The discovery took place in June.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport came in fifth place because in September, TSA found a knife with a three-inch blade stuck in a prosthetic leg. The person hiding the weapon allegedly stated that he had forgotten about the knife, which had sentimental value for him.
Point 4 brings us back to MSY, when a passenger was stopped here in February with a firearm. The gun was fully loaded with 163 rounds of ammunition. TSA agents made this discovery at Sacramento International Airport. Number 3 concerns a passenger who tried to bring a CO2 IED cartridge on board but was stopped at the security checkpoint.
Marijuana wrapped in a diaper was found in the possession of a passenger classified as No. 2. The discovery occurred in October at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
At the top of the list was a passenger who tried to defraud TSA agents with a can of energy drink. In fact, he held explosives in it.