The annual list counts down the strangest items passengers tried to take with them on commercial flights in the past 12 months.
So, what item did TSA officers pull from a passenger’s checked bag? A trailer hitch made to look like a hand grenade.
The TSA posted a photo of the custom hitch Aug. 21 on the organization’s Instagram account. The post included an explanation as to why the item was not allowed on board:
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“Your trailer hitch hand grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags,” the post reads. “So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.”
The post had received 2,895 likes as of Tuesday evening.
The Top 10 list includes a wealth of head-scratching items, including a replica suicide vest, a gold-colored gas mask adorned with bullets and, well, see for yourself in the video above.
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