Photos: Weird and scary things people tried to sneak on planes in 2013

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When you get frustrated with long queues at the airport security check point, just remember: it's for your own good.

And, the US airport security staff body (TSA) has reminded us exactly why by posting a series of strange and scary items that people try to bring on planes.

According to their 'Blog Year In Review 2013', 1,813 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging nearly five firearms per day. Of those, 1,477 (81%) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 205 airports with Atlanta (ATL) on top of the list for the most firearms intercepted (111) in 2013. 562 stun guns were also discovered in carry-on bags in 2013.


Officers also have to check out 'inert' items that look very real. Officers discovered an inert suicide vest that was actually a training aid used by an explosives instructor.

There were also many instances where travellers attempted to hide items (knives, stun guns, pepper spray), or the items they packed were disguised to look like other items, including brushes, cigarette packets, canes, lipsticks and more.


A knife concealed within an ink pen was discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). A knife was discovered in the battery compartment of a laptop computer at Oakland (OAK).

A stun gun concealed in a cane was discovered at Los Angeles (LAX).


But officer found one of the strangest things of the year, human skull remains, in a checked bag at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The bone fragments were found in some clay pots in checked baggage. TSA said: "While the fragments weren't a security threat, they did slow screening down a bit since the area quickly became a crime scene."

See all the creepy items found by the TSA here.

See strange things passengers have left behind on planes below:

Weird items left on planes

Weird items left on planes


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