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25 Ridiculous Things TSA Seized

From ninja throwing stars to spiked shoes, the TSA has you secured

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    A one-handed flail—popular in the 15-th to 16-century European Middle Ages—was confiscated by the TSA at Chicago's Midway International Airport.

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    TSA officials nabbed a passenger's batarangs in a carry-on bag at the Newark Liberty International Airport. But the question beacons: How will Bruce Wayne save Gotham now?

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    Ruh-roh! TSA officials uncovered utility knife blades that were concealed between a Scooby Doo greeting card that a passenger attempted to bring as carry-on luggage. And he would’ve gotten away for it too if it wasn’t for these pesky kids and that dog.

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    A Taser disguised as a tube of lipstick was discovered in a passenger's carry-on baggage at the St. Louis International Airport. These items are not allowed in the flight cabin and must be checked in.

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    A cane sword topped with a cobra head... let's stop and relish the coolness of this discovery... was caught by LaGuardia Airport Security during a checkpoint.

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    Kiss of Death? A knife concealed in a tube of lipstick was discovered at in a carry-on bag at the San Antonio International Airport.

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    Many knives are not prohibited as carry-on baggage. One passenger got nabbed by the TSA for concealing a knife under the insole of a shoe at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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    With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, many vaping device manufacturers have been marketing them with creative shells, including this grenade-shaped e-cig that was discovered at the Salt Lake City International Airport. According to TSA officials, novelty items that appear to look like explosives cause delays and are prohibited, so leave them at home.

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    It looks like someone's been watching too much of "Game of Thrones." This 14th-century-looking dagger was nabbed when a passenger attempted to bring it as a carry-on item at the Chicago International Airport. TSA officials say knives are prohibited on board.

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    Needless to say, novelty bombs, plastic grenades, toy mines and inert weaponry memorabilia are prohibited on flights. A passenger at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport packed a novelty missile that was so convincing that it caused delays and investigation by security officials.

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    Presumably, Paul Bunyan attempted to bring a hatchet as a carry-on item at the Boston Regional Airport. No, no. Carry-on weapons and certain tools are prohibited and can cause delays, not to mention possible legal trouble.

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    Bear repellent is commonly flagged by the TSA by passengers who attempt to bring bottles that are more than 4-ounces. Additionally, certain active ingredients contained in the repellent exceed limitations for carry-on luggage. TSA recommends checking in most bear repellent with your luggage.

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    A hollowed-out book containing two 6-½" throwing knives was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Washington Reagan National Airport. As the TSA states, "Ninja books are permitted, throwing knives are not."

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    This knife disguised as a gun in a passenger's carry-on baggage was confiscated at the Yuma International Airport. TSA officials recommend packing knives in checked baggage. They also recommend not bringing guns or novelty items that appear to be guns in the flight cabin because it's prohibited too.

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    In June the TSA discovered more than 150 loaded firearms that passengers attempted to bring as carry-on items during travel. Take a look at the composite above. And yes, these weapons were fully loaded! TSA officials say unloaded firearms and ammunition can be brought along as checked baggage, so long as they are declared.

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    Hattori Hanzo would be jealous of this blade nabbed by officials at the Boston Logan International Airport. The TSA says you'd better rethink that flight from Okinawa, Japan on route to kill Bill if you plan to travel with a samurai sword as a carry-on item. Swords, knives and other dangerous blades are prohibited.

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    Has Sweeney Todd been added to the no-fly list? A concealed knife within a comb was unconverted at the Boston Logan International Airport (top) and the St. Louis International Airport (bottom). Not only are knives prohibited from carry-on bags, but concealed knives, like the ones pictured, can result in a civil penalty, according to the TSA.

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    Unless your name is Mileena and you're on your way to the Mortal Kombat tournament, rethink packing a pair of sais in your carry-on luggage. The TSA confiscated the octagonal sais and shukos (bottom) at the Chicago Midway International Airport. Officials says martial arts weapons are prohibited as carry-on items, and are illegal in certain areas of the country.

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    A brazen passenger packed bullets, sound suppressors (silencers), guns and more in a carry-on luggage bag that was discovered by TSA officials at the Houston International Airport. TSA say firearms cannot board with you on flights as carry-on luggage.

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    Shuriken throwing stars were discovered by the TSA when a passenger attempted to bring them in carry-on bags at the Dallas Love Airport. Officials warn that certain martial arts weapons can lead to arrest if they are discovered in checked baggage.

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    Here's an idea: Let's discreetly pack 81 pounds of marijuana, presuming TSA equipment will detect said items as oregano, grass seedlings and dyed chives. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, these brazen (translation: stupid) passengers were nabbed by the TSA at the Oakland International Airport with a copious quantity of things they should know better than to pack on a flight. Not only were the drugs confiscated, the passengers were also reported to law enforcement. They can always say they were bringing souvenirs back from Colorado.

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    The quill to kill: A knife disguised as a pen was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Los Angeles International Airport. Penalties for concealed weapons include fines or arrest. Note the blood, er, ink stains on the blade.

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    Is this a folding throwing star? Or a future device left by the Predator? Did the Green Goblin strike again? Either way, the TSA doesn't allow weaponry to enter the cabin.

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    Recording artist Taz Arnold once claimed that TSA agents attempted to confiscate his $1,245 Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Spike shoes because they were deemed "suspicious." Although screwdrivers and certain hand tools are permitted on flights, according to the TSA website, studded shoes might be questionable.

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    Last year, a woman's knockoff version of Madonna's famously-worn Chanel pistol-shaped heels were confiscated at LaGuardia International Airport, and officials blasted it on Twitter as a warning on what not to wear. Again, novelty items that resemble weapons can cause delays because they must be thoroughly inspected.

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