The most bizarre items found at TSA security checkpoints in 2022


Transportation Security Administration officials kept busy last year by uncovering several prohibited items in travelers’ luggage, including firearms hidden in raw chicken and scrunchies filled with drugs.

The agency created a quirky social media video sharing their top 10 wildest catches of the year that proved a TSA agent’s job can be slightly more entertaining than simply rushing travelers through security checkpoints.

From firearms being stashed away in game consoles and jars of peanut butter to inactive grenades, here are the most outrageous finds in 2022.

Number Ten: Soiled Money Crunches

TSA agents at the El Paso International Airport were alarmed when they noticed disoriented crunches being carried by a traveler. 

Officials were confused when they took apart the crunches and noticed money inside, especially since money isn’t illegal to carry, according to The Washington Post.

On top of the hidden cash, agents noted that the crunches wreaked. 

‘It’s hard to imagine someone thinking that this idea didn’t stink,’ a male voiceover said in the video.

TSA agents at the El Paso International Airport found money hidden away in stinky crunches

Number Nine: Inert Grenade 

Shockingly inactive hand grenades are commonly recovered by security agents. One of the latest was found on a traveler at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. 

Rather than walking through airport security with a weapon, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein recommends surrendering it to an agent or leaving it behind. 

Hand grenades are commonly recovered by security agents with of the latest being found on a traveler at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Hand grenades are commonly recovered by security agents with of the latest being found on a traveler at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Number Eight: Cattle Prods Hidden in a Guitar Case 

Washington-Dulles International Airport officers in Virginia were in for a surprise when they found cattle prods inside a guitar case.

While tools up to 7 inches are forbidden in a carry-on bag, the traveler could’ve opted to check the bag without hassle. 

‘This shocking device wasn’t music to our ears,’ a man joked in the video.

Washington-Dulles International Airport officers in Virginia were in for a surprise when they found cattle prods inside a guitar case

Washington-Dulles International Airport officers in Virginia were in for a surprise when they found cattle prods inside a guitar case

Number Seven: Firearm Hidden in a Play Station 

One sneaky traveler at the Atlanta airport attempted to hide a gun inside a play station. Agents had to dismantle the game console to reach the gun.

Firms are prohibited to carry on the plane unless the passenger checks in their bag. 

‘You don’t want to play these games at the airport,’ the man said. 

One sneaky traveler at the Atlanta airport attempted to hide a gun inside a play station

One sneaky traveler at the Atlanta airport attempted to hide a gun inside a play station

Number Six: Scrunchies Filled With Drugs 

There are plenty of clever ways TSA agents have caught drug smugglers, but one of the most recent innovative ways is through hair bands.

Agents at Boise Airport in Idaho uncovered clear bags with white powder and pills from a traveler. 

The passenger never made it on the plane and was instead handed over to the police, according to The Post.

There are plenty of clever ways TSA agents have caught drug smugglers, but one of the most recent innovative ways is through hair bands

There are plenty of clever ways TSA agents have caught drug smugglers, but one of the most recent innovative ways is through hair bands

Agents at Boise Airport in Idaho uncovered clear bags with white powder and pills from a traveler

Agents at Boise Airport in Idaho uncovered clear bags with white powder and pills from a traveler

Number Five: Knife Hidden in a Laptop

The traveler carrying the laptop concealed with the weapon attempted to pass it through Richmond International Airport security in Virginia when it was flagged by agents 

After lighting up the TSA security detector for a second time, agents began to closely examine the laptop and eventually found the knife inside.

‘This might be cutting-edge technology, but it won’t fly with us,’ the man in the video said.  

After lighting up the TSA security detector at the Richmond International Airport in Virginia for a second time, agents began to closely examine the laptop and eventually found the knife inside

After lighting up the TSA security detector at the Richmond International Airport in Virginia for a second time, agents began to closely examine the laptop and eventually found the knife inside

Number Four: Gun Hidden in an Arm Sling 

Firearms appeared to be a popular trend for smugglers last year, with another memorable traveler at the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York attempting to hide one in his arm sling. 

Agents asked for the man to remove the sling when he passed through the metal detectors and their x-ray imaging screen showed something wasn’t right.

When agents recovered the gun, he simply told them that he forgot he put it in there, according to The Post.

Agents at the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York asked for the man to remove the sling when he passed through the metal detectors and their x-ray imaging screen showed something wasn't right

Agents at the Greater Rochester International Airport in New York asked for the man to remove the sling when he passed through the metal detectors and their x-ray imaging screen showed something wasn’t right

Number Three: Gun Covered in Peanut Butter

Smugglers thought outside of the box when it came to firearms, but it appeared TSA agents noticed the red flags.

Another firearm seize at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York showed partially empty bottles of peanut butter opened with a gun and ammunition.

‘Here’s a sure fire away to get peanut butter and jaily time,’ the man in the video joked.

Another firearm seize at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York showed partially empty bottles of peanut butter opened with a gun and ammunition

Another firearm seize at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York showed partially empty bottles of peanut butter opened with a gun and ammunition

Number Two: Gun Inside of a Raw Chicken 

Just when TSA agents think they’ve seen it all, one traveler attempted to sneak a gun on a plane that was hidden in a whole raw chicken while at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

The smuggler was clever enough to try to sneak the tampered bird during the Thanksgiving holiday, but agents immediately knew that something wasn’t right when they saw the chicken pass through the x-ray machine.

‘We hate to beak it to you here, but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time,’ TSA wrote in an Instagram post at the time.

One traveler attempted to sneak a gun on a plane that was hidden in a whole raw chicken while at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida

One traveler attempted to sneak a gun on a plane that was hidden in a whole raw chicken while at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida

Number One: Fentanyl Hidden Inside Generic Candy Wrappers 

Hiding drugs inside candy has been a popular trend for drug dealers targeting their items to children, and one traveler at Los Angeles Airport thought he could get away with it.

Weeks before Halloween, one traveler attempted to smuggle 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills inside candy packagings, such as Skittles and SweetTarts.

It appeared the smugglers didn’t get too far before the drugs were seized.  

Weeks before Halloween, one traveler attempted to smuggle 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills inside candy packaging, such as Skittles and SweetTarts while at LAX

Weeks before Halloween, one traveler attempted to smuggle 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills inside candy packaging, such as Skittles and SweetTarts while at LAX 



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