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12 Crazy Things TSA Has Found in Bags at Airports

See the amazing things people cram into their carry-ons, including a 'six-bladed star of death,' landmine shells and butterfly knives.

 

For all of the basic things people easily forget to pack for travel—cell phone chargers, toothbrushes, a swimsuit—it's amazing what people find time to slip in. Like, say, belt-buckle knives, landmines and, um - chastity belts.

Oh, and lots of grenades.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), whose agents make sure your shoes are off at the airport, has a blog with a roundup of some of the most dangerous and odd things found and said at checkpoints each week.

Sidenote: Saying you're a terrorist won't get you on the plane any faster.

A quick look at some of the TSA's recent finds:

  • November: An inert detonator.
  • September: A Mark 24 tube initiator used to detonate explosives.
  • July: A novelty tobacco grinding grenade.
  • June: Bat stars perfect for "fighting diabolical crime," the TSA said. 
  • June: A grenade-shaped cologne bottle.
  • April: A grenade with a knife inside.
  • March: Two inert shells from anti-personnel mines.

Other California finds:

  • September: An inert grenade at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
  • July: A knife concealed in a belt buckle at San Jose International Airport (SJC).
  • July: "Six-Bladed Star of Death," or a throwing star with six folding knife blades, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
  • January: Two butterfly knives at LAX.
  • January: Two razorblades in the frame of a bag at Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

The TSA, in a look back at all of 2012, noted that there were an average of four firearms found at checkpoints every day across the country at 199 different airports.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Airport (ATL) topped the list with 95 guns found last year.

Other crazy finds? A grenade launcher in Seattle, inert warheads in Salt Lake City and a chastity belt on a passenger's body.

What's the craziest thing you've seen at an airport while traveling? Share your stories in the comments below.

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