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Published April 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Crazy things Americans tried to take on planes in 2013

The TSA released a list of some of the craziest things people attempted to bring on airplanes in 2013.


An inert suicide vest was also found. Inert and replica weapons are just as likely to be confiscated as real ones, the TSA says. (TSA)

  • An inert suicide vest was also found. Inert and replica weapons are just as likely to be confiscated as real ones, the TSA says. (TSA)
  • No matter how gentle it looks, a pepper spray is a pepper spray. Especially when it's clearly labeled so. (TSA)<br /><br />
  • Many ninja wannabes were disappointed across the U.S. last year. (TSA)
  • The owners of these clay pots claimed not to know human skull pieces were inside. (TSA)
  • TSA stopped 1,813 guns (80% o them loaded) from passing through U.S. airports in 2013, averaging about five catches per day.
  • Some of the items used ingenious ways to try to circumvent the officials. A cigarette pack stun gun, a dagger concealed within a brush, a credit card knife, a lipstick knife, a stun gun cell phone, a lipstick stun gun and a razor concealed in a cell phone were all confiscated in 2013.(TSA)
  • "A non-metallic dagger was discovered on a passenger at Salt Lake City after he alarmed Advanced Imaging Technology. During the pat-down, the dagger was found hanging by fishing line around his neck and under his shirt," said Bob Burns, the TSA blogger.
  • Just some of the cane swords discovered in 2013. TSA screened more than 600 million passengers last year. (TSA)
  • A mace was one of the more menacing items confiscated. Would love to have heard the explanation for this one. (TSA)