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The TSA Has An Instagram, And It’s Full Of All The Ridiculously Stoopid Weapons People Try To Bring On Planes

By / 07.11.14


My favorite part of flying on planes is going through the TSA, where the customer service is top-notch and I get to be screamed at by some surly and usually overweight TSA agent who repeatedly opens and closes the battery compartment of my Gameboy Color to make sure it’s not a bomb. Can’t a girl play Pokemon Yellow in peace? Even though my luggage is depressingly empty of anything capable to even disarm a caterpillar, the TSA Instagram is chock full of idiotic weapons that people thought they’d be able to carry onto planes.

#TSAcatch - This inert 60mm mortar round was discovered at the Washington Dulles (IAD) airport earlier this month. See more prohibited items in this week’s “TSA Week in Review” blog post at #DC #TSA

#TSAcatch: These inert grenades and other projectiles were discovered in checked baggage at the San Diego (#SAN) International Airport. Needless to say, all live grenades - or anything that resembles a grenade – are prohibited from both checked and carry-on luggage.

#TSACatch: These inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags at the #Houston (HOU), #PalmBeach, and #LasVegas airports. In fact, over the last 30 days, 19 inert grenades and one live grenade were discovered in carry-on and checked baggage. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.

#TSAcatch: A Mk 2 hand grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #LosAngeles (#LAX) International Airport.  Passengers who bring prohibited items can not only cause delays for others, but also face serious charges. In this case, the checkpoint was closed while an Explosive Ordnance Team (#EOD) transported the grenade to an offsite location to disrupt it. The individual was arrested and is facing felony charges in Los Angeles County.

SO. MANY. GRENADES. What the fuck sort of activities are you doing on vacation that made you think to yourself “You know what’d help me relax? EXPLOSIVE DEVICES.” What are you, a fucking bob-omb?

#TSAcatch: This throwing star was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at the Buffalo Niagara (#BUF) International Airport. Martial arts weapons are prohibited from being carried in your carry-on baggage and may be illegal depending on what state you’re in. You can learn more about prohibited items at the #TSA web page.

Even Batman needs to take the occasional Delta flight. Apparently throwing stars are making a comeback since this horrifying death device got snagged as well…

This throwing star with six folding blades was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the Las Vegas (#LAS) airport. Martial arts weapons are illegal in certain states and can lead to arrest even when discovered in checked baggage. Read more about prohibited items at the #TSA web page at


…along with the world’s most useless knife…


#TSAcatch: The key to getting through the checkpoint faster is not to have items like this in your carry-on bags. This key knife was discovered at the Burlington (#BTV) International Airport. Please remember, all knives are prohibited from being carried onto the cabin of an aircraft.

…and a bunch of lipstick tasers. No idea these existed until today, in which case I’m now on the prowl for videos of chicks accidentally tasering themselves in the face because they got their actual lipstick mixed up with these stupid things.

#TSACatch: This bejeweled lipstick taser was discovered this week in a carry-on bag at the Detroit (#DTW) International Airport. See more prohibited items on the #TSA blog at

#TSAcatch A taser disguised as a tube of lipstick was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on baggage at the #StLouis International Airport. #TSA #STL See more prohibited items at


Surprisingly there’s a bunch of knives disguised as everyday objects like this handy-dandy comb-knife, perfect for those of us who feel the need to stab ourselves repeatedly in the head while waiting in line for the TSA to tell us we can’t bring it on a plane…

These comb-daggers were discovered in carry-on bags at the #Boston Logan International Airport and the Lambert - #StLouis International Airport, respectively. All knives are prohibited from carry-on bags, and concealed knives like the ones pictured can result in a civil penalty.

#TSAcatch: This knife disguised to look like an ordinary pen was discovered last week in a carry-on bag at the Los Angeles (#LAX) International Airport. Artfully concealed items such as this one can lead to fines or even an arrest. See more prohibited items from last week on the #TSA blog:

Oh and for variety we have some casual medieval weaponry that someone tried to bring as a carry-on. Seriously dude? You’re not even trying at that point. Were you just too lazy to throw it out or something?

Discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Chicago #Illinois Midway (MDW) International Airport. See more pictures of prohibited items discovered this week  at


[H/T Mic]

Rebecca Martinson
About Rebecca Martinson... Rebecca Martinson is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland who is notoriously known throughout the Internet for being really, really adequate at writing emails. She joined BroBible right after graduating in the Spring of 2014 and doesn't hate it...yet.

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