From Batarangs To Christmas Dinner: TSA Shares Its Findings | WABE 90.1 FM

From Batarangs To Christmas Dinner: TSA Shares Its Findings

Dec 20, 2016

The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, is best known for pat-downs, body scanners and long lines during the holidays.

But on the internet, the organization’s popularity has exceeded that of even Beyoncé. According to Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Instagram Accounts, the TSA has surpassed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nikki Minaj and even NASA, securing the spot of Rolling Stone’s fourth best account on the social media network.

That’s because the TSA’s Instagram feed is jam-packed with unusual finds from their security checkpoints: knives disguised as pens, replicas of “Lucille” from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and even quite a few Batarangs have been found recently by the TSA as they searched through airline passengers’ carry-on luggage.

Although if travelers are looking to bring home some holiday leftovers, they can rest easy knowing that leftover poultry, fresh fruit, potatoes and even six unopened packages of grated parmesan cheese are allowed in carry-on luggage, according to the TSA.

And while travelers are allowed to keep holiday leftovers in their carry-ons, keep in mind that fruit slicers or anything with a blade must be placed in checked baggage, not a carry-on. 

The agency has a comprehensive list of do's and don'ts on their official website.

Here are a few of the more unusual finds on the TSA Instagram page: