We’ve already talked about Instagram’s usefulness for following the exploits of entitled rich kids, obsessive cat owners, and Oscar-winning cinematographers, but did you know that the flyer-friendly and world-famous Transportation Security Administration has their own account where they post pictures of confiscated contraband? The account is less than a month old, but the photos they’ve already posted (at @tsablogteam) are amazing–if not for the novelty of the weapons themselves, then for the thought that some people actually thought they might get away with a loaded weapon stashed in their carry on.
That last image is a stun gun disguised as a pack of cigarettes.
The photos from the @tsablogteam Instagram account seem to come from the TSA Blog, which is updated weekly and goes into more detail about the confiscations, and even answers some questions, such as: Are people really that dumb?
“You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline,” writes blog moderator Bob Burns.
Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.
They don’t make any mention about the other penalties–like arrest or prosecution–incurred for such a mistake, so here’s an ARC Pro Tip For Travelers™: When you’re packing for that long vacation, just leave the flashbangs at home.