The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Planes This Year

By Ashley Feinberg on at

We may shake our heads at airport security's antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past airport security in 2014.

Because the US's TSA details some of the more absurd confiscated contraband on its blog on a weekly basis, we get a first hand look into the boldest (and often dumbest) attempts at sneaking strictly forbidden items into airports. And after a whole year of swiping banned goods, it was quite a haul.


The Weird

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

WWII Blasting Machine, Atlanta, GA

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Spear gun, Las Vegas, NV

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Inert warhead, Tucson, AZ

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Cannon barrel, Kahului, HI

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Hairbrush dagger, Fairbanks, AK

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

F bomb, Milwaukee, WI

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Bear attack deterrent, Anchorage, AK

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Stun cane, Tampa, FL

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

A mallet, Burlington, VT


The Concealed Knives

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Knife in a hard drive caddy, Dayton, OH

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Scooby Doo razor blades, Newport News, VA

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Knife taped to carry-on bag, Pheonix, AZ

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Top: Belt buckle knife, Rapid City, SD; Bottom: Bladed survival tool in shoe, Philadelphia, PA

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Lipstick knife, Detroit, MI

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Knife in phone case, Tampa, FL

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Saw in bible, Orlando, FL

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Knife in enchilada, Santa Rosa, CA


The Drugs

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

3 pounds of cocaine inside meat, San Jose, CA

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Marijuana and marijuana paraphernelia in various types of peanut butter jars, Denver, CO (left) and Sacramento, CA (right).

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

81 pounds of marijuana, Oakland, CA

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

92 pounds of marijuana, Phoenix, AZ


The Sword Canes

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Douglas County, NE

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Dayton, OH

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Charlotte, NC

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

Memphis TN


The Dumbest Things Said

  • An Albuquerque (ABQ) passenger stated the following to a gate agent: "I have explosives in my pocket. We all have bombs. I have cyanide in my wallet." He didn't have explosives or cyanide.
  • A Rochester (ROC) passenger approached a ticket counter to check in and stated to the ticket agent that he had a bomb in his bag. He didn't have a bomb in his bag.
  • After alarming the explosives trace detection machine at Midway (MDW), a traveler stated that she "wouldn't mind blowing this whole place up."
  • After realising his flight had departed with his checked baggage onboard, a Miami (MIA) passenger asked a gate agent: "What if I had a bomb in my bag?"
  • During a bag search at the New York Kennedy airport (JFK), a passenger stated: "Why you looking in my bag? There's a bomb in there." There was no bomb in his bag.

Images via The TSA Blog