People bring weird things on airplanes. Combine that with the TSA’s “when in doubt, take it out” approach, and you can imagine that the agency must have quite a trove of bewildering goods (a Buzz Lightyear gun and some stuffed tamales, to name just a few). Every week the TSA blog documents both the oddest and most dangerous items confiscated from carry-on bags around the United States, and every week, some surprises show up. This past holiday season was no exception. First, of course, are the guns. The weekly totals:
Thanksgiving (November 20-26): 42 firearms
Pre-Christmas (December 18-24): 52 firearms
Christmas and New Year’s (December 25-31): 46 firearms
Holiday Total: 140 firearms.
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But that doesn’t include other weapons the TSA seized, such as:
"Batarangs": Batman’s gotta get home for the holidays, too, and apparently he decided to fly commercial.
Throwing Stars: Ninja Airlines usually lets you check them, but please, don’t carry them on.
"Cat Eyes": Not actual cats’ eyes. And not some cute toy, either. This is a punching weapon designed to inflict pain. Maybe Catwoman was traveling, too?
Some outdoorsy types lost a few items to the TSA, as well:
Bear Repellant: So apparently bear repellant is not only a real thing, but it also falls under the same under-four-ounces carry-on rule as other liquids and sprays. Because just a small dab of the ointment should keep that grizzly away.
Ice Pick Concealed in a Cane: Not entirely sure what type of person needs a cane but also picks ice.
The TSA Instagram account posts pictures of some of their spoils:
We’re waiting on the TSA to have a garage sale. We’ll be sure to let you know if it happens.
Chris Abell is the editorial producer at Travel+Leisure. You can follow him on Instagram at @buildingflavors.