You would think that Americans would by now understand that trying to take a gun-shaped knife, a bullet-adorned gas mask, or a inert anti-tank mine on an airliner is a really poor idea. But no. Apparently some people still haven’t got the memo.
Hardly a day goes by when somebody, somewhere doesn’t try boarding a flight carrying something stupid. Like, say, a loaded 9 millimeter handgun packed into a pc. Or a baggie of marijuana stashed in a fake Coke can. The TSA social media team chronicles it all from the amazing, and alarming, TSA Instagram feed. It is possible to anticipate TSA agents to be more busy this week as 49 million people take to the skies for Thanksgiving.
Since launching the Instagram account three decades ago, the TSA group has posted over 1,000 photographs and gathered 514,000 followers. “Attention! This is not a drill… It’s just a really big wrench. Tools over 7″ must be packed in checked luggage” and “I’ve got a pencil. I have a knife. Uh! Knife Pen!”
Apparently, the accounts left some passengers confused regarding if or not a sword cane is OK, so today the TSA team chooses questions. If you are wondering if it’s the hatchet or hard-boiled egg counts as carry-on, just tweet a photo to @askTSA. But should you need to ask, perhaps you ought to just leave it in your home.