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The 13 Strangest Things Allowed Through Airport Security

The Transportation Security Administration's "What Can I Bring?" list has a few weird items on it that make you wonder why they even had to add these things in the first place.

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Can I bring this through security?

The TSA has so many confusing rules when it comes to what you can and can’t bring through security in your carry-on. Sometimes, it seems like your best bet is to just buy everything you need for your trip once you get there. But there are a few weird things that you’re surprisingly allowed to bring with you through security. So if there is a rare chance you need to travel with any of these strange things, know that you’re allowed to bring them in your carry-on (if they can fit!).

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Don’t worry, those deer antlers that you picked up as a souvenir on your trip are safe to come back in your carry-on. Just check with your airline first to make sure that they’ll fit in the overhead bin; if not, you’ll have to check them before security. This is what your TSA agent isn’t telling you.

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Artificial skeleton bones

Artificial skeleton bones will make it through security just fine. You might want to be transparent with your TSA agent about why you have them though so you don’t send them into a panic. Besides the strange things you have in your suitcase, this is what a TSA agent first notices about you.

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Sports balls

Basketballs, baseballs, footballs, and soccer balls are all allowed through airport security. I’m not really sure why you would want to take up space in your carry-on with a giant basketball, but hey, maybe you think you’ll have time for a pick-up game if your flight gets delayed.

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Bicycle chains and pumps

Your bicycle chains and pumps are both allowed through airport security, but if you want to bring your bicycle you need to check with your airline first. If one of your items does get taken by security, here’s how you can get back the things TSA confiscated from you.

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Bocce balls

If the resort you’re staying at doesn’t have a bocce court, just bring your own balls with you! You probably want to bring a carry-on bag with wheels though, because lugging eight heavy bocce balls through the airport on your shoulder doesn’t sound like fun.

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Bowling balls

Your beloved bowling ball can go through security, but if you also have pins, they’ll have to be put in your checked bag. The TSA’s website states, “Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage.”

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Bread machine

We’re assuming the only time someone brings a bread machine with them on a plane is if they’re going to gift it to another person. If that’s the case, know that it will make it through security, but it’s advised that you check with your airline to ensure it will fit in the overhead bin.

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Fresh eggs

If you’re willing to risk one of them cracking and causing a smelly mess on your plane, feel free to bring your fresh eggs through security. TSA officers may instruct you to remove them from your bag to avoid blocking something from the X-ray machine, so keep them in an easily accessible spot.

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The TSA explains it best when it comes to bringing your lightsaber with you on the plane: “Sadly, the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you.”

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Live fish

Live fish in water and a clear transparent container are allowed through airport security and with you on the plane after being inspected by a TSA officer. Live lobsters can also be brought through security, but some airlines have restrictions on traveling with lobsters, so make sure to contact them first.

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Sewing machine and needles

Sewing machines can be pretty big, so check with your airline to make sure it will fit in the overhead bin before lugging it through security. Needlepoint tools and knitting needles are allowed in your carry-on and checked bags, just make sure they are properly stored so they don’t hurt anyone.

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Tattoo gun

If you need to travel to do some tattoo work, you are surprisingly allowed to bring your tattoo gun on board with you. However, if you also want to bring tattoo ink in your carry-on, you have to make sure it’s less than 3.4 ounces. These are the craziest things that have been left behind at airports.

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Waffle iron

If you absolutely need your morning waffle every day while you’re away on vacation or a business trip, don’t fret—you can bring your waffle iron in your carry-on. Just make sure to thoroughly clean it so your clothes don’t get covered in grease.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan Cutolo is a former senior production editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine, where she lives, and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.