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WATCH: TSA’s Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2019



It’s a difficult and sometimes dangerous job working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but some travelers make the situation even harder when they bring banned items through checkpoints.

Each year, the official TSA website gathers the wildest items confiscated by TSA officers around the United States and compiles its Top 10 list of unusual finds. It’s a cross-section of the bad decisions made by Americans at airports every day.

Last week, TSA officials shared a video of their Top 10 list, complete with witty comments about the items and the decision-making abilities of their owners:

Some of the highlights of the video include the confiscation of Samurai Swords at a San Jose airport, a knife-gun in Miami, an airbag from a car and a Blow Dart Gun in Orlando, and a butcher’s knife in Tennessee.

Officers also got more than they bargained for at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after they found a snake hidden inside the carry-on bag of a passenger coming through security.

As for the No. 1 ranked unusual find, TSA officials said it was a bag of moose poop at Juneau International Airport in Alaska, which the agency described as “‘Number Two’ is number one on our list!”

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital



We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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