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The News Minute | July 15, 2014 | 06:08 pm IST  Every once in a while, the National Security Agency (NSA) officers manning airports, come across the weirdest of things people carry at airports, especially those they aren't supposed to. Hatchet, guns, grenade shaped vaping device, crackers and also an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training kit; the NSA has found passengers carrying all these and more. And knives need a special mention: from those inside a hollowed-out book to one under the insole of a shoe, to one hid inside a Scooby Doo greeting card to comb-daggers, you name it and they will probably have it.  What is surprising is that do passengers really think they can get away with these. May be they are just adventurous.  The NSA often uploads these images on its Instagram page, which was created around an year ago, reports The Daily Beast.  These images are not just fun to watch, but also will give you a good laugh with some of its captions.    #TSACatch: A knife was discovered under the insole of a shoe at the #Detroit Metropolitan Airport. All knives are prohibited from being packed in carry-on baggage. And shoes...    We just hit an @Instagram milestone today. 100,000 followers! To celebrate, we’d like to present you with this bonus weekend photo of a hatchet that was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Manchester - #Boston Regional Airport. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday. #TSACatch   #TSACatch - Eight ounces of bear repellent was detected in a carry-on bag at the #Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. While traveling can be a bear at times, bear repellent IS prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bags if the volume is less than four ounces and it has less than a 2 percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellents exceed these limitations.   #TBT #TSACatch: This hollowed-out book with two 6 ½” throwing knives was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Washington Reagan (#DCA) National Airport in December of 2011. #Ninja books are permitted, throwing knives are not.   #TSACatch: This bullet and gun knife were discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Yuma International Airport. All knives (including knives that look like guns) are prohibited in carry-on bags. However, knives may be packed in your checked baggage.   #TSATravelTip: #Ecig’s and #vaping devices ARE permitted in your carry-on and checked bags. Unless they look like a grenade…This #TSACatch is a grenade-shaped vaping device that was discovered in a carry-on bag at the #SaltLakeCity International Airport. If an item looks like a grenade, it is prohibited. When these items are discovered, they can cause significant delays while explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm. While E-Cigs and vaping devices are permitted in your checked and carry-on bags, using them at an airport or on an aircraft depends upon the airport, airline, and local laws.   #TSACatch: This was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Port #Columbus International Airport. All, daggers, knives, swords, and bayonets a prohibited from being transported in your carry-on bags.   #TSACatch: These octagonal sais (top) and shukos (bottom) were discovered in a carry-on bag at the #Chicago Midway International Airport. #MartialArts weapons are prohibited in carry-on bags and are illegal in certain areas of the country. Be sure to research local laws before traveling.   #TSACatch: These utility knife blades were discovered concealed between a #ScoobyDoo greeting card. All knives no matter how small are prohibited from carry-on bags.   These comb-daggers were discovered in carry-on bags at the #Boston Logan International Airport and the Lambert - #StLouis International Airport, respectively. All knives are prohibited from carry-on bags, and concealed knives like the ones pictured can result in a civil penalty.   #TSACatch: During a routine #TSA bag search at #Philadelphia International Airport, these narcotics were discovered in a hollowed out book. While #TSA is not looking for narcotics, we report them to the proper authorities when they are discovered. #TSACatch: This is an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training kit. It was discovered in checked baggage at the #Honolulu airport this week. As you can see, it’s designed to look very convincing. We understand that instructors and others in this type of business need these items, but if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. People that need to travel with inert explosives training aids should plan ahead and contact their preferred shipper about mailing the items to their destination.
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