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Video: TSA releases list of top 10 most ‘unusual items’ confiscated in airport security

A TSA agent (John Moore/Getty Images/TNS)
January 12, 2022

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released its 2021 list of the top ten most unusual things confiscated at airports nationwide.

The agency posted a video on Twitter called “TSA’s Top 10 Catches of 2021!” which took a comical approach to unveil the list of seized items.

“It’s here! “TSA’s Top 10 Catches of 2021!” From bear spray to meth-rritos, our officers found some truly unusual items. They worked hard to keep travelers safe as they returned to the skies. What would you pick as your number one catch? Let us know! #TSATop10,” the TSA tweeted.

Coming in at number ten was a deodorant stick stuffed with bullets, which was found at Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).

“This passenger must have been sweating bullets,” the agency quipped at the number 10 item in the list — a swipe-on deodorant stick packed with pistol rounds, seized at the Atlantic City International Airport (firearm concealed in a belt buckle, found at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in New Jersey.

Numbers nine through seven on the countdown were a long-barreled antique-style revolver, seized at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey; a breakfast burrito filled with crystal meth, found at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Texas; and firearm concealed in a belt buckle, found at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Hawaii.

The sixth on the list was a ‘well-worn’ cleaver, found at Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Pennsylvania. The TSA teased that it wasn’t a “cleaver idea to bring it through security.”

The fifth item was a canister of bear spray, found at Destin-Fort-Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Florida, which the agency said was not a “bear necessity” for a flight.

A wine-bottle holder that looked like several of revolvers, found at  Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in California, an “assortment” of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices, found at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) in New York and a machete, found at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Virginia, also made the list.

The number one item found by the TSA was a chainsaw, found at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), in Louisiana.

“Can’t stump us,” the TSA joked.

The security agency releases the annual list in an effort to highlight what passengers cannot take through airport security. It also attempts to draw attention to the work the TSA does to keep passengers safe.

“They worked hard to keep travelers safe as they returned to the skies,” TSA wrote, according to Border Report.

Last year, the TSA’s list included a dead baby shark floating in chemicals, a smoke grenade, and a slingshot.

For additional information on what the TSA prohibits on planes, visit the agency’s website here.