The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

The Transportation Security Administration has released a list of the worst/best/most crazy things caught by their airport agents in 2011—including a whooping 1,200 loaded firearms. I picked my favorite top ten because theirs is not right.


I mean, the TSA list puts motherf*cking snakes caught before getting into the motherf*cking plane at number 10, and they forgot about the Batman knife or the fugitive who tried to sneak in a $10 million dollar gold brick that turned out to be fake. Come on! Here's the definitive list:

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The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

10. 240 live fish

A passenger tried to sneak 240 live fish inside four hard suitcases filled with water at the Los Angeles International Airport. The explosive detection system got itchy and the scanner image showed the fishes. After opening, the agents discovered the fish "packed like sardines", in all shapes and colors, trying to swim.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

9. Batman knife

Some Bat-imbecile tried to pass through San Antonio's airport security carrying this pseudo-Batman knife.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

8. Science project that looked like a homemade bomb

A college student tried to pass his science project that had plenty of cable and a mint tin through Omaha's airport detectors. The agents saw it through the X-ray machine and instantly thought it was a homemade bomb. Indeed, it looks like a homemade bomb even looking at it out of the luggage.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

7. Ninja knives inside book

The TSA usually catches all sorts of knives and blades, including some martial weapons not made of metal, like these two sets of throwing knives (left) caught in Los Angeles and San Diego. On the right you can see two knives neatly packed inside the chapter 2 of a book titled: Ninja: The Shadow Warrior. Apparently, fake ninjas are pretty dumb.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

6. Stun gun disguised as cellphone

More LAX nutters: a passenger tried to sneak a fake pink cellphone that was actually a stun gun. The passenger surrenderer the cellphone and was able to continue the flight, but this is the kind of thing that can result on an actual arrest.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

5. Flare gun with seven flares

A passenger going through Norfolk's airport was carrying this signal kit, illumination (red) mk 79 mod 2: a flare gun with seven flares ready to be launched.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

4. Motherf*cking snakes

Some idiots still insist in passing birds, turtles and other live animals through security. This can get you a fine (I'd personally like to cockpunch them). A guy in Miami International Airport tried to sneak seven small snakes inside his pants along with three small turtles. They were all inside women stockings, as shown in the image on the lower right.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

3. Grenades

Five grenades, all inert, were found in a passenger checked luggage at Newark, which instantly fired up the alerts. Meanwhile, at the good old LAX, a passenger was carrying a spent smoke grenade in their carry-on bag.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

2. Landmines

This clown was flying from Salt Lake City International Airport with four bloody landmines in his checked bag. All the alarms went off but. when the explosives squad arrived to the baggage processing facility and determined they were inert. As a result, all the bags in that area had to be rerouted and four flights were delayed.

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

1. C-4 explosive

A man flying from Yuma International Airport was arrested after the TSA found one half of C4 explosive concealed in a tobacco can using an Explosive Trace Detection system. Seriously people, are you out of your f*cking mind?

The Top Ten Craziest Things Caught At Airport Security In 2011

Special imbecile mention: $10 million gold ingot

A guy was going through Newport News Williamsburg International Airport when the TSA agents discovered a gold ingot with $10,000,000 stamped on it. The gold was fake but, as it turns out, the guy was a fugitive who was arrested on the spot. Note to any criminals reading Gizmodo: if you are a fugitive, it's a good idea to avoid going through airports carrying things that would get you searched.

I wish some of these people got banned from flying ever again. [Original TSA article via Time]