The Strangest Things the TSA Confiscated at U.S. Airports in 2020

The list includes a dead shark floating in a jar of liquid chemical preservative.

It's not surprising that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscates things like drugs, explosives, and weapons, but a few items the agency picked up in 2020 were a little more unusual. Among them, a dead shark floating in a jar of liquid chemical preservative.

TSA agents discovered the shark at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York, where a passenger was attempting to bring it through a security checkpoint. Oddly, it wasn't the idea of a shark on a plane that TSA officers had a problem with; it was the chemical the shark was being preserved in.

"If someone wants to carry a live fish with them on their flight, they are permitted to do so if the fish is swimming in water," the TSA said in a statement. "The liquid will need to undergo separate screening by a TSA officer before it is allowed to be carried through the checkpoint."

TSA worker screening luggage
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Other items on the TSA's 2020 list include a slingshot, marijuana stashed in shampoo bottles, a book containing concealed knives, a smoke grenade, and a love story.

TSA canine handlers Dorothy Moody and Colin O'Hanlon officially caught one another in July, tying the knot alongside their partners who served as canine of honor and best pup in a subdued pandemic wedding. Obelix and Porto, the German short-haired pointers wore tuxedo bandanas for the occasion.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets and walking on beaches. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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