Don’t you hate it when you’re at the airport, ready to fly out, and TSA agents say you can’t bring your supermarket-grade meat slicer in your carry-on? Or your enormous lobster? Next time, better check the TSA’s Instagram account first for some travel tips.

The surprisingly amusing and wildly popular social media account of the government agency charged with keeping the skies safe is filled with absurd items that passengers attempt to get through security, paired with hilarious, often pun-filled captions about what is and isn’t allowed past checkpoints.

We have collected pics of the 50 oddest things people tried to sneak through TSA (from the instagram account) for you to enjoy.

26Swords and replica bullets

While there was nothing hidden inside the replica .50 caliber bullet, there was a sword concealed within the cane. Both swords and replica bullets are not allowed in carry-on bags or on your person. They may be packed in checked luggage


27Snake inside an external hard drive

A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle a snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories


28Gunpowder and fuse

Some people worry about packing nail clippers (they’re allowed). Others pack a pound of gunpowder and fuse. This was discovered in a checked bag recently at Anchorage (ANC)


29Grenades

Most travelers stuff socks in their shoes. This Milwaukee (MKE) traveler chose inert grenades. Items such as these can lead to evacuations and delays while explosives professionals try to figure out what they are. Please don’t pack grenades


30Baseball grenades

We’ve heard of “foul” balls before, but these baseball grenades are an entirely new way to hit a grand “blam.” We wish we could say our officers discovered these, but these are just props from the Kingsman movie. Our officers are no strangers to modified items though. Modified items such as these baseball grenades can lead to evacuations and delays while explosives professionals try to figure out what they are


31Cool little piece of history

What you’re seeing here is a cool little piece of history that was discovered in a carry-on bag by TSA officers at the Albany International Airport (ALB). It’s the original prototype of what is known today as the tabby cat


32Replica or inert explosives are not allowed

While the actual item here looks a bit Wile E. Coyote-ish, the X-ray image was far more realistic. Even if not real, replica or inert explosives are not allowed, at all, in carry-on or checked bags


33 Skull-adorned zombie killer

If you pack your super spooky skull-adorned zombie killer in your carry-on bag, your trip through our checkpoint might unravel. So, as a random “ax” of kindness, we’d like to let you know that all axes and hatchets must be packed in checked baggage. This was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)


34Knives

Knives of any size are not allowed on your person or in your carry-on bag. Concealed knives such as this one can lead to missed flights, fines, and even arrest. The extra $20 - $30 to check a bag is far less expensive than the potential fine you could receive. This was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at the Portland International Airport (PDX)


35Stun-ring

Akin to an unexpected proposal, this ring can also be shocking. This stun-ring was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Shocking devices are prohibited from being carried onto the aircraft. While permitted in checked bags, familiarize yourself with local laws to keep yourself from getting charged


36Lipstick stun gun

This bedazzled 3-million-volt lipstick stun gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at the San Diego International Airport (SAN). Stun guns are not allowed to be brought onto the plane with carry-on items. They must be packed in checked baggage. Please familiarize yourself with local laws prior to packing because stun guns are illegal to own and possess in some states


37Stun gun

Does this phone look suspicious to you? Well, besides the fact that Borat and Idiocracy were still in theaters when this style of the phone was popular, there’s something else strange about it. It’s a stun gun with a shockingly good reception! Playing phone tag with this phone could really lead to a dropped call


38Inert mortar round

Some travelers are extremely cautious about what they pack, while others lob inert mortar rounds into their bags. This inert mortar round was discovered in a checked bag at the Evansville Regional Airport (EVV)


39Wrench

Talk about throwing a wrench into your travel plans… This monkey/grasshopper wrench was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at the Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma. Tools over 7” must be packed in checked baggage


40 Giant lobster

This Boston Logan (BOS) TSA officer found himself in a pinch and needed to remove this giant lobster from its container to resolve a checked baggage alarm. This is proof that lobsters are allowed in carry-on and checked bags. As you can imagine, they’re a popular item at New England airports. Just check with your airline first for packing guidelines. Oh, in case you were wondering, butter and cheddar biscuits are permitted as well


41Propane

We’ve got nothing against propane and propane accessories, but dang it, Bobby, you can’t pack two propane tanks in your checked bags. Propane has a propensity to explode and is prohibited altogether from air travel. These were discovered at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)


42 Grenades in a tactical vest

This morning at Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) our officers discovered four 40mm grenades in a tactical vest inside a checked bag. A TSA explosives specialist was called to the scene and thankfully cleared the items as inert


43Smoke Grenades

Smoking hasn’t been allowed on planes since the 90s and while that ban doesn’t involve smoke grenades, I’m not blowing smoke when I tell you that smoke grenades are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage. These two live grenades were discovered in a checked bag at Atlanta (ATL)


44Cat

An Erie International Airport (ERI) TSA Officer let the cat out of the bag this week. Literally. And the cat’s name is Slim. Slim’s owners packed her in their checked bag. While this could have been extremely dangerous for the 6-month old cat, Slim is just fine and is currently residing under the care of the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania


45Paint roller

This looks like something out of a Mad Max movie. It’s as if Mad Max wanted to paint the Thunderdome with the blood of his enemies. It’s a paint roller wrapped in sandpaper and wire with nails protruding. This was discovered earlier in 2017 in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD)


46Face tenderizer

People go to great lengths to get soft skin, but a face tenderizer might be a bit radical. Unless the look you’re going for is raw meat. This was discovered in a carry-on bag at Buffalo (BUF). Please pack all face tenderizers in your checked bags


47Brush and comb daggers

Brush and comb daggers are banned items that will get you tangled up in the security line. All knives are not allowed in carry-on bags or on your person. Knives may be packed in checked luggage. Concealed knives such as this one can lead to fines and arrest. Left to right, these were discovered at BWI and IAH


48Knives in umbrella

A Stockton Municipal Airport (SCK) traveler decided to test their luck. Superstition says its bad luck to open an umbrella indoors. TSA policy says it’s illegal to conceal a knife in your umbrella. All knives are not allowed in carry-on bags or on your person. Knives may be packed in checked luggage. Concealed knives such as this one can lead to fines and arrest


49Fireworks

This guy is one can short of a six-pack. He removed a can and replaced it with fireworks and glued the box shut in an attempt to sneak fireworks on the plane. Intentionally concealing prohibited items can lead to arrest and hefty fines. Fireworks are prohibited altogether. This was discovered in a checked bag at the Louisville International Airport (SDF)


50Piece of art

This piece of art is prohibited due to the fact that it’s built around a grenade. While it is an inert grenade, we don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation

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