PLEASE REMOVE YOUR LAPTOP, LIQUIDS AND BAZOOKA: Bazookas, Swords & Suicide Vests Seized by the TSA in 2013

Published on January 25, 2014


An inert suicide vest sparked a major alarm when it was discovered in the checked bag of an explosives instructor in early March at Indianapolis International Airport. The bag also contained “30 electric matches, a bag of potassium chlorate in the original packaging, a bag of titanium powder in the original packaging, a bag of powder that appeared to be a mixture of potassium chlorate and titanium powder,” according to the TSA Blog’s Week in Review dated March 8, 2013.


Agents discovered a WWII-era bazooka round in a checked bag at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in early January.

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From left, and unassembled rifle at Boston’s Logan Airport, a shotgun in a golf bag at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, guns in a toolbox at Miami International Airport, and guns in detergent at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.


In April, agents at Fort Lauderdale International Airport discovered fragments of a human skull inside clay pots in a checked bag. The two Santeria priestesses in possession of the pottery — which they had purchased in Cuba — were eventually allowed to board their flight to Baltimore.


A sampling of the throwing stars and throwing knives found by the TSA in 2013. The TSA screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013 and discovered 1,813 firearms in carry-on bags — 1,477 of them (81 percent) loaded. Atlanta (ATL) had the most guns intercepted, with 111.

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