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

(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.

And what do we have here?
And what do we have here?   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This image provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows an official examining seized drugs after a Southern California man was caught Sept. 14, 2011 at LAX.
This image provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows an official examining seized drugs after a Southern California man was caught Sept. 14, 2011 at LAX.   (AP Photo/TSA)
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