The TSA has released its “Top 10 Catches” list, made up of unusual items found at airports in 2022. The list includes drugs stored in scrunchies and a weapon found in a chicken. Here’s the full rundown from the TSA. Something is loading.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently released its “top 10 catches” at US airports. These included strange, disturbing and prohibited items that were discovered by security guards.
From fentanyl hidden in candy wrappers to a handgun hidden in a jar of peanut butter, here are the weirdest TSA discoveries of the past year.
Money hidden in crutches
Soiled cash hidden inside a pair of crutches was discovered by officers at El Paso International Airport in Texas.
An inert grenade
A grenade was found after a passenger tried to smuggle it through airport security into carry-on luggage at General Mitchell International Airport in Wisconsin. The grenade was inert, meaning it couldn’t explode, and the passenger said he purchased it at an air show, according to a statement from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Cattle prods stored in a guitar case
TSA agents found three cattle prods in a guitar case at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. The passenger was allowed to repack them in a checked bag, according to a statement from a TSA spokesperson.
A handgun in a PlayStation
At Atlanta airport in December, an officer found a weapon hidden in a PlayStation. The agent said she noticed the console “looked strange” when she took an X-ray image, according to a statement released by the TSA.
Drugs hidden in scrunchies
Drugs hidden in scrunchies were found by officers at the Boise airport.
A knife inside a laptop
At Richmond International Airport, a man was arrested after officers spotted a double-bladed knife hidden inside the cogs of his laptop.
A weapon hidden in a scarf
Officers discovered a concealed weapon in a man’s sling at Greater Rochester International Airport. The man claimed he forgot he had his gun with him and was arrested by local law enforcement, according to a TSA statement shared on Twitter.
A gun in a jar of peanut butter
A man was arrested in December after officers found a disassembled weapon concealed in two jars of peanut butter at JFK airport, according to a TSA statement released at the time.
A weapon stuffed in a raw chicken
A handgun was found stuffed in a raw chicken at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The TSA shared an image of the strange find on Instagram in November.
Fentanyl hidden in candy
At LAX, officers found about 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills wrapped in candy wrappers after someone tried to break through with the suspicious snacks, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. .