2 New York Area Airports Land On TSA’s List Of 'Most Unusual Finds' In 2019

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January 17, 2020 - 6:40 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two New York City-area airports made it onto the Transportation Security Administration’s list of the top 10 most unusual items found at checkpoints in 2019.

The list was unveiled Friday and Newark and LaGuardia airports both had some interesting finds.

The first to make the list was LaGuardia, which placed at No. 5 on the list.

In that incident, a traveler tried to go through screening with a pair of martial arts sais on Sept. 14.  

“Sais are martial arts weapons and, of course, no weapons are allowed through a checkpoint. That's a no-no,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told NBC.

For those who don’t know, it’s the weapon of choice for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” Raphael.

Sais found at LaGuardia Airport

Newark Airport landed at the No. 3 spot for an Aug. 19 incident when somebody attempted to bring a pet snake through a checkpoint.

The 15-inch ring-necked snake was actually found on the floor of Terminal C and was left behind by the passenger.

“It’s common for travelers to accidentally leave items at the checkpoint,” TSA’s New Jersey Deputy Federal Security Director Chris Murgia said at the time. “Typically people leave items such as their keys, sunglasses, ID, hats and gloves, but this is the first time someone has left a snake behind. We have a fairly robust lost and found program that reunites passengers with their lost items, but this passenger doesn’t need to call us about his snake.”

Snake at Newark Airport

The most unusual find was a bag of moose poop that was found at Juneau International Airport in Alaska.

For a full list of what is allowed on a plan, visit tsa.gov.