The Weirdest Items Found by Airport Security

Have you ever made it to airport security with something in your bag that you’re not allowed to fly with? It can be humiliating and even a little scary to have your luggage searched, the items found, and then facing a barrage of questions from security.

However, at the end of the day, most things that are confiscated at security checkpoints are things that officers see time and again. Things like bottled water, toiletries, pocket knives, or even nail scissors are frequent offenders. And then there are the other times when security officers screen someone’s bag and find something completely unexpected.

Here are a few of the weirdest items found by airport security. Have you ever been caught with anything on this list? We hope not.

Human Skull Fragments

In 2013, security agents at the Ft. Lauderdale airport were shocked when they realized that the simple clay pots that they were scanning actually contained fragments of human skull. Apparently, the clay that was used to make the pots even contained ground-up bone.

The people transporting the pots were equally shocked since they had bought them without realizing. Flights were delayed as the pots were scanned again and again. Eventually, the pots were confiscated and were held by police as potential evidence.


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A Bag Full of Dead Snakes

You’d think that if you were going to go through the trouble of bringing snakes on a plane, they’d actually be alive – right, Samuel L. Jackson?

In 2012, a man tried to check a bag that was full of nothing but dead venomous snakes floating in water. Apparently, if he hadn’t used the water to transport the snakes, he would have gotten through fine. It was the water that set off the alarm.

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A Dead Body

If you’ve ever seen Weekend at Bernie’s, you know that trying to conceal a dead body is pretty nerve-wracking. A few years ago, at JFK airport in New York, a family attempted to bring the dead body of one of their relatives through security in a wheelchair, instead of paying the fees for transportation of a corpse.

Apparently, they thought that buying Grandpa a seat on the plane was easier than paying the fees for him to travel in the cargo hold in his coffin.

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