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Fragments of a human skull, and other items confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration last year. (Courtesy of TSA)

TSA’s Weirdest Finds

Including a human skull and 17 swords

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More than 2 million travelers passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints every day last year. From that stream of travelers, TSA officers confiscated some pretty weird stuff.

The TSA published its annual “Year in Review” blog post for 2013, totaling the craziest and scariest things people tried to bring onto airplanes last year. This is what they found:

  • 1 human skull. In April, officers at Fort Lauderdale (FLL) discovered fragments of a human skull at the bottom of clay pots. The passengers claimed they’d bought the pots and had no idea skull fragments were inside.
  • More than 17 swords hidden inside walking canes
  • 19-inch-long solid wood and metal mace
  • More than 28 ninja throwing stars
  • 136 novelty/replica grenades discovered in people’s bags
  • 562 stun guns, many concealed in cigarette packs and cell phones
  • 1,468 loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags—a record high since the administration’s formation in 2001. Firearms were intercepted at 205 airports, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport topping the list with 111 firearms.

You can follow the TSA on Instagram to see more items confsciated at airports across the United States.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Courtesy of TSA