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Transportation Security Administration personnel and travelers pause for a moment of silence at 9:20 a.m. on the third anniversary of a shooting rampage that killed a TSA officer and wounded others at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016. TSA agent Officer Gerardo Hernandez who was killed on Nov. 1, 2013. Paul Ciancia, 26, has pleaded guilty to murder and 10 other charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison on Monday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Here's a look at the best and most bizarre TSA catches of 2016


Most travelers have had to go through the painful process of waiting in a TSA line at the airport, hoping their shampoo bottle or perfume won't be confiscated. 

By now, we should all know the dos and don'ts of what's appropriate to carry onboard. But a few travelers apparently missed the memo in 2016. 

TSA confiscated some downright outrageous items throughout the course of the year. Here are some of the things that just didn't quite make it past TSA scanners and pat-downs: 

A very fancy golden grenade found at Newark Liberty International Airport.  

An equally cool post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned gas mask found at Miami International Airport. 

This flogger was found at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. 

A Hello Kitty firearm was confiscated at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport. 

A replica suicide vest was found at Richmond International Airport in Virginia. 

A replica of the "Lucille" bat from "The Walking Dead" was found in Atlanta.

Dead seahorses in a liquor bottle were found at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

A bladed dragon claw was found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

A movie prop corpse was found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

The moral of the story: When you have the urge to pack your ninja sword or bladed dragon claw, just don't. 

Anyone who has questions about an item they'd like to carry-on can snap a photo of the item and tweet it to @AskTSA to avoid interesting mishaps like the ones above. 

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