Nominations for TSA’s Top Ten Catches of 2023

It’s been just a few weeks since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released its Top Ten Finds of 2022. And we already have news of some items found at airport checkpoints that might appear in the 2023 reel.

Snakes on a Plane. Almost The Game of the Sociable Snake, c. 1890

This didn’t show up in TSA’s Top Ten Catches of 2022. But it should have.

A woman flying out of Tampa International Airport (TPA) had a boa constrictor in her carry-on bag.

The woman claimed that Bartholomew the boa was her emotional support pet, the TSA reports. But that story – and the boa – didn’t fly.

Snake on a plane? This is a @TSA X-ray of Bartholomew, a boa constrictor who was in a traveler's carry-on bag at @FlyTPA last month. Woman claimed the snake was her emotional support pet. TSA notified the airline, which ruled that there was not going to be a snake on their plane!

— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) January 6, 2023
Replica Sniper Rifle Kit Courtesy Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY

Firearms aren’t allowed in airplane cabins or in carry-on bags. Yet, passengers try to take them onboard all the time. In 2022, TSA found more than 6,000 firearms at airport checkpoints. And most of those firearms were loaded.

Toy guns are also on TSA’s no-fly list. That includes this replica sniper rifle kit discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire.

Last night @TSA officers @flymanchester detected this replica sniper rifle kit during security screening. Toy or not, this belongs in a checked bag. #travelfail

— TSA_NewEngland (@TSA_NewEngland) January 9, 2023

In case you missed it, here’s TSA’s Top Ten Catches of 2022

BREAKING: Find out which jaw-dropping discoveries made our "Top 10 Catches of 2022!" Shout out to our TSA officers nationwide for protecting the traveling public.

We have to ask… Which is your favorite catch? #TSATop10

— TSA (@TSA) December 30, 2022

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