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Flying Contraband: TSA's Weirdest Finds

Pen pistols, cane swords and grenades. Airport security agents have seen it all.

March 28, 2013
9:00 AM EDT
A pen pistol discovered at a Pennsylvania airport. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
This lipstick knife is not useful as lipstick or a knife. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
A backscatter image produced by a body scanner | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Inert explosives are a surprisingly common find. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Artsy or dangerous? | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
A sword isn't going to be hard to catch on an X-ray scanner. Two swords are practically a gimme. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
This isn't the first cane sword found by TSA screeners, and it won't be the last. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
A walker equipped with a knife | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Disguising your drugs as explosives won't make you look any less suspicious. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
These eels were bound to look suspicions in carry-on luggage passed through an X-ray. | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
One of two endangered birds rescued by TSA screeners | Transportation Security Administration (TSA)