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TSA tweets: Odd items people try to bring on airplanes

Posted November 15, 2018 9:13 a.m. EST
Updated November 15, 2018 9:28 a.m. EST

— Loaded guns, a straight-edged razor and a cane with a hidden sword -- air travelers are still packing these banned items in their carry-on luggage.

With record travel expected for the upcoming holiday season, here's a look at what not-so-obvious items will flag the Transportation Security Administration -- and a look at what crazy items did.

The TSA just announced new efforts to increase safety and security. This year, they've added 1,200 frontline officers and 80 more canine screening teams. New technologies are also in place at more than a dozen of the nation's largest airports.

These social media posts feature odd items TSA agents found in travelers' bags.

A metal crane and stun gun...

A Freddy Kreuger style razor glove...

And hundreds of real guns -- many of which were loaded. Some of these were found at RDU last month.

Weapons are not allowed in carry-ons, and only some can go in checked bags. Most offenders said they just didn't think about it -- but the penalty is as much $1,300 or even an arrest. As a reminder, even replicas of guns are not permitted.

Despite it all, TSA guidelines remain the same -- containers of liquids, gels, aerosols, pastes and creams still can't be more than 3.4 ounces if stored in a carry-on. Larger containers are not allowed, even if they are only half-full, and all liquids must fit in one quart-sized bag. Only one bag is allowed per passenger.

When it comes to tools or razor blades, items can't be larger than seven inches. Also, when traveling with gifts, leave them unwrapped. The TSA might need to rip it open to verify what's inside.

If you're debating about bringing something in your carry-on, you can tweet the TSA to find out if it's okay. You can also download the My TSA app or use the "What can I bring?" tool on tsa.gov -- it lets you type in an item and get information about whether it's allowed.

Here are some items travelers learned were okay:

These tools, however, were not allowed.