What do grenades, eels, snakes, and ninja throwing stars all have in common? That’s right, you guessed it! They’re all things that passengers tried to bring on the plane with them, only to have them confiscated by Transportation Security Administration employees.

A fun fact that you probably didn’t know about the TSA is that it uploads lots of photos of the strange items its employees confiscated onto its Instagram account. A surprising amount of people think that it’s alright to smuggle in prohibited items like explosives (such as home-made bombs meant to literally cause avalanches) and weapons (like axes, cleavers, and even… keyblades).

We’ve collected some of the weirdest items that the TSA took away from passengers for your enjoyment. So scroll down, upvote your faves, drop us a comment below, and remember to follow the rules about what you can and most definitely cannot bring on a plane. After all, we wouldn’t want anything similar to Snakes on a Plane to repeat itself in real life, would we?

More info: TSA.gov | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter

#1

This Image Is An Inert Replica Of A Laptop Bomb. What Looks Like Cereal In The Baggie Is Actually Inert Dynamite Flakes

This Image Is An Inert Replica Of A Laptop Bomb. What Looks Like Cereal In The Baggie Is Actually Inert Dynamite Flakes

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

Now this one is out of comparison with most other entries here. This is scary stuff, and this is why airport security (if done correctly) has its right of existance.

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An Erie International Airport (Eri) Tsa Officer Let The Cat Out Of The Bag This Week. Literally. And The Cat’s Name Is Slim

An Erie International Airport (Eri) Tsa Officer Let The Cat Out Of The Bag This Week. Literally. And The Cat’s Name Is Slim

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Hans
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Kitty wanted to join the travels...

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#3

A Knife Hidden In Your Flowers

A Knife Hidden In Your Flowers

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Carlota Ocón
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3 weeks ago

That is scary!!! Glad they caught it

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Most of us have stories about how we or someone close to us saw weird things going on at the airport. That includes emotional support pets like ducks or ponies. And incredibly awkward situations involving mistaken identities that accidentally lead to long-term relationships.

There’s something about the idea of flying that makes people lose their common sense and have their heads up in the clouds. The worst part? It’s not isolated to the stuff people pack.

#4

Here Are Proper Ways Do Declare Firearms And Ammunition, And Then There’s Stuffing Everything In Bicycle Tires

Here Are Proper Ways Do Declare Firearms And Ammunition, And Then There’s Stuffing Everything In Bicycle Tires

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Sonja
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3 weeks ago

this is scary

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#5

Listen, We Know You’ve Been Rambling On Ever Since You Lost Your Girl So Fair In The Darkest Depths Or Mordor, But Your Sword Needs To Be Packed With Your Checked Luggage

Listen, We Know You’ve Been Rambling On Ever Since You Lost Your Girl So Fair In The Darkest Depths Or Mordor, But Your Sword Needs To Be Packed With Your Checked Luggage

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로희
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Upvoted for picture title.

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#6

What We Can Tell You Is That Chainsaws Are Not Permitted In Carry-On Bags

What We Can Tell You Is That Chainsaws Are Not Permitted In Carry-On Bags

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Daniel Lewis
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3 weeks ago

The perfect tool for the passenger behind you who won't get their feet off the back of your seat.

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In fact, some individuals can be an absolute horror to fly with. Both for other passengers and the flight crew. For instance, some passengers love leaving a mess. And one passenger even left a dirty diaper in their seat pocket. Yuck. Yuck, yuck, yuckity yuck.

#7

Agent Flynn Has Had It With Snakes On Planes, And Our Officers Prevented A Young Ball Python From Flying The Friendly Skies This Past Sunday

Agent Flynn Has Had It With Snakes On Planes, And Our Officers Prevented A Young Ball Python From Flying The Friendly Skies This Past Sunday

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Hans
Community Member
3 weeks ago

People smuggling animals are the worst.

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#8

You Won't Have A Beautiful Day If You Try To Bring This "Lipstick" Through Airport Security

You Won't Have A Beautiful Day If You Try To Bring This "Lipstick" Through Airport Security

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Rowlie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

china- my favourite shade

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#9

Large Organic Mass Turned Out To Be A Bag Of Moose Nuggets (Or Feces, Droppings, Excrements, Etc.) That The Passenger Was Taking Home From Their Alaskan Adventure

Large Organic Mass Turned Out To Be A Bag Of Moose Nuggets (Or Feces, Droppings, Excrements, Etc.) That The Passenger Was Taking Home From Their Alaskan Adventure

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Sonja
Community Member
3 weeks ago

oh god..why on earth...?!

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While another time, a plane had to turn around and head back to the airport because someone took a very, very smelly poo. I’d love to be joking right now. But this is serious.

According to the BBC, the captain of the plane actually made an announcement about the “pungent smell” due to the “liquid fecal excrement” in the toilet. The plane turned around after 30 minutes of flying and headed back to the airport. The next available flight was 15 hours later.

#10

This Bag Of Marijuana Was Discovered Inside Of A Microwave Oven

This Bag Of Marijuana Was Discovered Inside Of A Microwave Oven

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Cook on high setting for 8 minutes and add butter.

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#11

Enough Is Enough! We Have Had It With These #%!&@$ Snakes In This %@$&#! Checkpoint!

Enough Is Enough! We Have Had It With These #%!&@$ Snakes In This %@$&#! Checkpoint!

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로희
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That's it. I don't have the balls to work as a TSA officer.

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#12

Please Don’t Get Snippy When Our Officers Tell You That You Can’t Pack These Ginormous Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Scissors In Your Carry-On

Please Don’t Get Snippy When Our Officers Tell You That You Can’t Pack These Ginormous Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Scissors In Your Carry-On

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Hans
Community Member
3 weeks ago

"Off with the head" office style.

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#13

At First, It Looked Like A Harmless Inanimate Bat, And Then Pfloof!!! It Was A Batarang!

At First, It Looked Like A Harmless Inanimate Bat, And Then Pfloof!!! It Was A Batarang!

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Sonja
Community Member
3 weeks ago

batman tried to travel ..like normal people.

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#14

Some Travelers Are Extremely Cautious About What They Pack, While Others Lob Inert Mortar Rounds Into Their Bags

Some Travelers Are Extremely Cautious About What They Pack, While Others Lob Inert Mortar Rounds Into Their Bags

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Sonja
Community Member
3 weeks ago

well...

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#15

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 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

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Pat Tamarin
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3 weeks ago

Something for a cosplay outfit? Though it'd need some antiquing.

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#16

Tactical Spork That Allows You To Defend Said Franks And Beans From Ne'er-Do-Wells

Tactical Spork That Allows You To Defend Said Franks And Beans From Ne'er-Do-Wells

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 weeks ago

We used these to outdine the Cong back in 'Nam.

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#17

If You Find Yourself Needing To Travel With Your Razor Glove, Please Pack It In Your Checked Bag

If You Find Yourself Needing To Travel With Your Razor Glove, Please Pack It In Your Checked Bag

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I use mine for trimming the hedges and cutting women's hair.

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#18

Son O’ A Biscuit Eater! Some Land Lubber ‘N Atlanta Stowed A Flintlock ‘N ‘Is Carry-On Duffle! ‘E Won’ Be Walkin’ Th’ Plank Fer It, But Packin’ A Pistol ‘N Yer Carry-On Can Git Ye Thrown ‘N Th’ Brig ‘N Fined

Son O’ A Biscuit Eater! Some Land Lubber ‘N Atlanta Stowed A Flintlock ‘N ‘Is Carry-On Duffle! ‘E Won’ Be Walkin’ Th’ Plank Fer It, But Packin’ A Pistol ‘N Yer Carry-On Can Git Ye Thrown ‘N Th’ Brig ‘N Fined

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Iggy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

You can't bring this on to the aarrrr-plane!

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#19

This Carry-On Goody Bag, Presented To Our Tsa Officers At The Security Checkpoint, Included An Ax, Throwing Star, Double-Edged Dagger, And Machete

This Carry-On Goody Bag, Presented To Our Tsa Officers At The Security Checkpoint, Included An Ax, Throwing Star, Double-Edged Dagger, And Machete

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Rowlie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

on their way to a ninja assassin camp?

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#20

This Foot-Long Replica Of #naruto’s Minato Namikaze Kunai Was Discovered In A Carry-On Bag At Atlanta (Atl). We Assume The Passenger Was Traveling Alone. Very Alone…

This Foot-Long Replica Of #naruto’s Minato Namikaze Kunai Was Discovered In A Carry-On Bag At Atlanta (Atl). We Assume The Passenger Was Traveling Alone. Very Alone…

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Emperor Kitten
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3 weeks ago

Traveling forever alone

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#21

Does This Phone Look Suspicious To You? Well, Besides The Fact That Borat And Idiocracy Were Still In Theaters When This Style Of Phone Was Popular, There’s Something Else Strange About It. It’s A Stun Gun With Shockingly Good Reception!

Does This Phone Look Suspicious To You? Well, Besides The Fact That Borat And Idiocracy Were Still In Theaters When This Style Of Phone Was Popular, There’s Something Else Strange About It. It’s A Stun Gun With Shockingly Good Reception!

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So_Long_And_Thanks_For_All_The_Fish
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3 weeks ago

No, no... I would fall for it. Very *realistic*

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#22

Obviously, There Is Something Fishy About This Knife

Obviously, There Is Something Fishy About This Knife

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The Queer Reader
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Poor fishy!!

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#23

Here’s A Friendly Reminder That Knives Are Not Allowed In Carry-On Bags.

Here’s A Friendly Reminder That Knives Are Not Allowed In Carry-On Bags.

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Rowlie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Very Voldemort-like

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#24

If You Are Packing For Your Own Yukon Trek, Please Remember To Remove All Knives From Your Carry-On Luggage

If You Are Packing For Your Own Yukon Trek, Please Remember To Remove All Knives From Your Carry-On Luggage

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Rowlie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That's a pretty knife

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#25

Make No Bones About It, No Knives Are Allowed To Be Packed In Carry-On Bags

Make No Bones About It, No Knives Are Allowed To Be Packed In Carry-On Bags

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Ally Kaye
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Or even better title : To the person who brought a knife to the checkpoint, I've got a bone to pick with you.

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#26

An 8.5” Knife Was Discovered Inside An Enchilada

An 8.5” Knife Was Discovered Inside An Enchilada

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LOttawa
Community Member
3 weeks ago

They are just going to visit a friend in jail and since baking a knife in a loaf of bread is so cliche, they chose an enchilada.

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#27

While One Might Say That This Pink Plastic Dinosaur-Shaped Grenade Is Dino-Mite, It’s Not Permitted In Carry-On Or Checked Baggage

While One Might Say That This Pink Plastic Dinosaur-Shaped Grenade Is Dino-Mite, It’s Not Permitted In Carry-On Or Checked Baggage

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Iggy
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What the hell? Toy-styled explosives?

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#28

Forget Having A Bad Hair Day, You Just Won’ T Have A Knife Day If You Get Tangled Up With A Dagger At A Checkpoint

Forget Having A Bad Hair Day, You Just Won’ T Have A Knife Day If You Get Tangled Up With A Dagger At A Checkpoint

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Ashley Giampoli
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is not a dagger... its pretty common in round brushes. The brush part pops off, and there's a plastic point to help you part your hair in a perfect line. Similar to a plastic comb that has a point at one end. Honest mistake but i can see how it might be used as a weapon...

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#29

This Sharp Finger Claw Weapon Was Discovered By Our Eagle-Eyed Officers

This Sharp Finger Claw Weapon Was Discovered By Our Eagle-Eyed Officers

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MyrkurRaven
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3 weeks ago

It's not even sharp, this is jewelry. I've got rings like this

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#30

Razor Blades Like These Must Be Packed In Checked Bags

Razor Blades Like These Must Be Packed In Checked Bags

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Sean Harrison
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Well, the TSA ruined a perfectly good pair of shoes. That wasn't someone trying to smuggle blades in their shoes. That's how shoes are made, with a metal band along the bottom for reinforcement. Some cobblers recycle old saw blades for the purpose, since they are inexpensive and made from spring steel. Many corset makers also use old hacksaw blades as boning in corsets for the same reason.

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