TSA's Best 'Catches' of 2011
Explosives, snakes, and a harmless science project
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2012 12:13 PM CST
And what do we have here?   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Americans love griping about the TSA, and with good reason. The TSA, for instance, pocketed an estimated $376,480 of your loose change in 2010, notes the Huffington Post. But before your blood pressure shoots too high, consider this: TSA officers stopped some crazy and dangerous things from boarding flights this year. On its blog (yes, the TSA has a blog), the much-maligned agency relates the top 10 "good catches" of 2011. Among the notables:

  • A half-ounce of C4 explosives: a passenger flying out of Yuma said he just wanted to show it to his family

  • A .380 pistol: strapped to the ankle of a 76-year-old trying to depart from Detroit; he claims to have forgotten it was there
  • A pink smartphone: it was actually a stun gun, and it didn't make it through LAX
  • A college student's science project: his device, made out of a mints tin and resembling an IED, was harmless, but shut down Omaha's airport all the same
  • Snakes: seven, to be exact, in the pants of a man at the Miami airport
Click for the complete list, or click to read about more things about the TSA that annoy.

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Jan 9, 2012 12:13 PM CST
I want to see the body scans
Jan 8, 2012 7:40 PM CST
I have flown more than 20 average people and I had many flights before and after the TSA. 1) Somebody is always going to be doing security. 2) The clowns they had doing security prior to the TSA wouldn't qualify for a job at Taco Bell. To qualify for a job with the TSA you have to have a High School diploma or GED, be a US citizen and have no felony convictions. 95% of the previous security personnel didn't qualify for the TSA based on these requirements. Seriously, these people were horrible. 3) I may not always have been pleased with the actions of the TSA but they were always professional, courteous and thorough.
Jan 7, 2012 1:12 PM CST
"Have you heard the TSA's new slogan? ""We handle more junk than eBay."" [Jay Leno]