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The 10 most unusual things TSA confiscated in 2016


Transportation Security Administration officials say they confiscate a lot of strange objects at airport checkpoints around the country — enough to blog about on a weekly basis.

The agency recently published a YouTube video highlighting its 10 “most unusual finds” of 2016, complete with photos of the items and some commentary from TSA blogger Bob Burns.

“Our officers have kept a lot of dangerous and often times wacky items off of commercial aircraft this year,” read a caption appended to the video.

Here’s the Top 10 list, as ranked by the TSA, including photos the agency posted on Instagram and the names of the airports where each item was confiscated:


10.) Hand grenade trailer hitch cover

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) in California

9.) Hello Kitty-themed firearm

Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Connecticut

8.) Baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire (replica of weapon used in “The Walking Dead” TV show)

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia

7.) Golden hand grenade

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey

6.) Replica suicide vest

Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Virginia

5.) Bladed dragon claw

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia

4.) Dead seahorses in brandy bottle

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Michigan

3.) Five-bladed flogger

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston

2.) Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask

Miami International Airport (MIA) in Florida

1.) Prop corpse from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movie

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia


Here’s the full video:

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele