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Happy Throwback Thursday!

Today’s picture dates back to 2014 when a traveler tried to bring a chainsaw through the checkpoint at the Albany International Airport (ALB). We’re not exactly sure why. Zombie defense, perhaps? Lumberjack goals?

What we can tell you is that chainsaws are not permitted in carry-on bags. They may only be packed as a checked item as long as there’s no trace of fuel or fumes. If any trace of fuel is detected, the chainsaw will be treated as hazmat and will not be permitted to fly. It’s best to contact your airline prior to your flight if you’d like to travel with your chainsaw.

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Can i bring this in my carry-on bag ?

You’ll be happy to know that candles are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. Might we suggest a few travel related scented candles? They’ll make you feel like you’re actually traveling!

If you think these scissors will cut your travel time through the checkpoint, you’ve got the wrong idea.

Please don’t get snippy when our officers tell you that you can’t pack these ginormous ceremonial ribbon cutting scissors in your carry-on.

These were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Nashville International Airport (BNA). And it wasn’t by “shear” luck that our officers discovered them. They’re huge. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, these scissors were big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big they were.

However, scroll to the next picture and you’ll see a run of the mill regular pair of sewing scissors. These are allowed. At one point, all scissors were prohibited, but for the last 10-years or so, scissors have been permitted as long as they are no longer than 4-inches from the fulcrum. This picture is a screenshot of a tweet that was sent to our AskTSA team.

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It’s #NationalBookLoversDay and #TBT (Throw Back Thursday)!

It’s #NationalBookLoversDay and #TBT (Throw Back Thursday)! Scroll through these older pictures to see definitive proof that you just can’t tell a book by its cover. Some people like to keep their nose in a book, and others… Well, these are all items that traveler’s tried to sneak past our officers in the past.