Inside the most bizarre items people have tried to smuggle past the TSA, from a gun hidden in a frozen chicken to a live cat

WITH Thanksgiving weekend ahead, millions of Americans will be flying home in a number not seen since the pandemic.

In fact, the American Automobile Association (AAA) forecasts that 54.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home in the US this week.

A traveler attempted to take a gun-stuffed raw chicken on board a flight

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A traveler attempted to take a gun-stuffed raw chicken on board a flightPhoto credit: The Mega Agency
TSA found a live cat in a suitcase at John F. Kennedy Airport this week

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TSA found a live cat in a suitcase at John F. Kennedy Airport this weekCredit: TSA

That’s a 1.5 percent increase from last year’s Thanksgiving and just 2 percent down from 2019.

For most, this means a seamless journey through security to the departure lounge before boarding flights in the United States.

Traffic officials have spotted some strange travel companions among the millions of travelers.

Just this week, the Transportation Security Administration found a live cat in a suitcase at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

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TSA tweeted: “We’re letting the cat out of the bag on a historic find.

“On that CATch, our baggage control officers @JFKairport said, ‘Come on, meow’!”

Here, The Sun takes a look at the strangest things that have to go through the airport as millions head home on Thanksgiving weekend.

CAT IN A BAG

The cat was spotted in security footage at JFK earlier this week.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said an agent was “shocked” to spot the cat in luggage that had been checked in and X-rayed.

She said the cat did not belong to the passenger but to someone in his household, adding: “On the plus side, the cat is out of the bag and safe at home.”

The traveler had to miss his flight to Orlando but was able to book one the next day.

As for the cat’s owner – she believes that her pet crawled into the suitcase while she was at work.

She said she didn’t realize “Smells” was missing until the airport contacted her.

RAW CHICKEN

TSA revealed earlier this month that a traveler attempted to take a raw chicken stuffed with a firearm on board a flight.

Officials said the incident happened at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

They shared a picture and added: “We hate to tell you here but sticking a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a pastime.

“This idea wasn’t even half-baked; she was raw, greasy and obviously unattended.

“The only frying happening here is this poor choice of packaging!”

BABY SHARK

In 2020, officials at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York said they found a dead baby shark in a jar.

They said at the time: “It was determined that the liquid was not water and the baby shark was instead swimming in a liquid chemical preservative.

“The chemical was considered hazardous material and was therefore not allowed to be carried through the checkpoint.”

Sharing pictures of the baby shark, they added: “However, it is important to note that anyone wishing to take a live fish on their flight is allowed to do so if the fish is swimming in the water.

“The liquid must be checked separately by a TSA officer before it can be carried through the checkpoint.”

SLING SLOT

A number of weapons, including an assault rifle, slingshot and knives, were found in the passengers’ bags.

After spotting the slingshot at Raleigh–Durham International Airport in 2020, the TSA wrote, “Ay, Caramba!

“It just doesn’t pay to keep a cow around, man. If you hate parting with her, consider putting her in your checked bag instead.

“This slingshot was discovered by our officers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

“Slingshots or other weapons or replicas are not permitted in your carry-on baggage.

“So do yourself a favor and double…triple check your luggage before you arrive at the airport.”

PROPANE

In 2017, TSA shared an image of two propane tanks they found in a bag at the security checkpoint.

They wrote: “We have nothing against propane and propane supplies but damn it Bobby you can’t pack two propane bottles in your checked baggage.

“Propane has a tendency to explode and is banned for air travel altogether.

“These were spotted at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).”

TURTLES IN STOCKINGS

In August 2011, Miami International Airport officials discovered seven snakes stuffed in nylon stockings in a traveler’s pants.

Officials said the passenger also had three small turtles in addition to the snakes.

TSA wrote on Instagram, “The snakes and turtles were found using TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology, which allows TSA officers to locate potential threat items hidden from plain view.”

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“@USFWS officers arrived at the scene and took custody of the reptiles,” they added.

“The passenger was arrested and charged with violating the Lacey Act.”

Miami International Airport employees found snakes and turtles in nylon stockings

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Miami International Airport employees found snakes and turtles in nylon stockingsCredit: TSA
In 2017, TSA shared an image of two propane tanks they found at the security checkpoint at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

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In 2017, TSA shared an image of two propane tanks they found at the security checkpoint at Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportCredit: TSA
The AAA forecasts 54.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home in the US this week

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The AAA forecasts 54.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home in the US this weekPhoto credit: Getty

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