TSA agents at Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized salt and pepper shakers from a passenger’s carry-on bag because they were shaped like M-118 grenades.

The Transportation Security Administration posted the following photo of the shakers on their official Instagram page:

TSA guidelines specifically bans bringing any items that resemble explosives in both carry-on and checked baggage. They also encourage you, if you have any item(s) in question, to simply snap a picture of it and send it to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter.

Image courtesy Instagram

  • RPJ

    Just mail this kind of stuff. You can’t win with the TSA. Jeez.

    • Rocket Doc

      Absolutely, because they may want them for their own table at home… you know that’s where they are going… anything to steal something from others… I hate the TSA, I think they should disband and make private security do their job… more common sense would prevail…

  • Richard Cummings

    I was just looking at some of these at a local sporting goods store, I never even thought about taking them on a plane. Don’t bring anything that looks like an explosive, and I can make an explosive look like just about anything you could imagine.

  • Arthur Pence

    First TSA doesn’t seize anything. The owner is welcome to take it back outside and pit it in his car or give it to someone not traveling. If it is more convenient to the traveler, he may voluntarily abandon it and it will be secured and properly disposed of. Second any voluntarily abandoned property is placed in a locked receptacle and disposed of per regulation. Any TSO who picks up anything that does not belong to him/her is subject to discipline. I have seen a TSO fired for picking up dropped change.