10 Strange Things Discovered by the TSA

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People are always trying to sneak things past the TSA — drugs, knives, explosives. But, what about a human skull? Or a cannon barrel? How about a rotting corpse?

No, this isn’t a scene from a movie. These events actually happened in real life. Continue reading to see what other strange things people have tried to take through a TSA checkpoint.

10. A Human Skull

For some of you, the first thought that probably entered your mind was that the person with the human skull in their possession was probably a serial killer. It certainly did cross my mind.

Or, perhaps some of you thought it might have been an archaeologist. Well, if you thought either of those things, I must tell you that you were absolutely… WRONG.

According to an article published by CNET, the passenger who had the human skull didn’t even know they had it. In fact, it — or at least fragments of it — was hidden inside some clay pots in the passenger’s possession.

“The fragments weren’t a security threat, but they slowed down the screening process because the screening area became a crime scene,” the TSA wrote, according to CNET.

9. A Dead Shark

Last year, TSA agents at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York discovered a dead shark floating in a jar of liquid chemical preservative that a passenger was attempting to bring through a security checkpoint.

Obviously, the dead shark wouldn’t be a threat to anyone, so what exactly was the problem? The chemical preserving the shark. All liquids must undergo separate screening by a TSA officer before they’re allowed to be carried through a checkpoint.

I guess it’s safe to assume that this particular liquid didn’t pass inspection. On another note, you can carry live fish with you on your flight if they are swimming in water.

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