The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA as you probably know it, has only really been around for a little more than a decade now. Created as a response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, this agency is charged with keeping Americans safe, especially traveling Americans.
In this day and age it’s really no surprise that the government, companies and other industries are heavily embedded in social media channels. However, the TSA takes it to a whole new level, which is both scary and interestingly awesome at the same time, with their Instagram account. (Read more about the Instagram App and how you can download it on one of our more recent posts right here on our Sundance Vacations Travel Blog: “10 Best Travel Apps for 2015”)
First, some background for those who may not know. Instagram, which allows users to post photos and connect with over 150 million users worldwide, has become one of the most popular and fastest-growing social media outlets to date. Since its initial release in 2010, the smartphone app has quickly become a force in the social media world. It has not only changed the way that people take photos, but has entirely changed the photography industry too.
The TSA has taken advantage of this amazing app and put it to use in a rather thought-provoking way. Although the administration uses it to announce blog posts on their site, information about their TSA Pre-Check services and what you can and cannot carry-on, they also use it to show examples of what NOT to bring with you on a trip to the airport.
In a constant stream they share, sometimes multiple times per day, photos of things like weapons and other such disallowed objects that people try to smuggle aboard airplanes. False bottom jars, knives disguised as lipstick containers, stun guns that look like cellphones, swords, grenades and guns hidden just about everywhere you can imagine are just a sample of what you will see in their Instagram feed. You’ll also get to see some of the service/bomb sniffing dogs that work for the TSA too. It’s definitely worth a look and follow on the app. Although it really isn’t funny, you have to wonder what some of these people are thinking trying to bring some of these objects onto a plane. To check out their channel visit them here: “TSA Instagram”
Some real doozies from the TSA Instagram feed:
#TSAGoodCatch – TSA’s screening procedures, which are governed by federal law, are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. As has always been the case, if during the security screening procedures an officer discovers an item that may violate federal law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement. This was the case after our officers discovered marijuana in the false bottom of a can of tomato juice that was located in a checked bag at the #Nashville (#BNA) International Airport.
#TSACatch #TBT In May of 2012, a disassembled gun and ammunition were discovered in three stuffed animals at the #Providence TF Green Airport (#PVD). The frame of a .40 caliber firearm was in one animal; a magazine loaded with two .40 caliber rounds and firing pin was inside another; and the slide was inside a third animal. The necessary components to assemble a fully functional loaded firearm were concealed in the three toys. This is just another example of why our officers take a closer look at everything that comes through the checkpoint.
#TBT #TSACatch – In July of 2009, 200 rounds of .25 caliber ammunition was discovered in four hollowed-out bibles. Ammunition may be packed in checked baggage as long as it’s securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes, or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
This throwing star with six folding blades was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the Las Vegas (#LAS) airport. Martial arts weapons are illegal in certain states and can lead to arrest even when discovered in checked baggage. Read more about prohibited items at the #TSA web page at www.tsa.gov.
#TSAcatch: This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag last week at the #Houston #Texas (#HOU) airport. While firearms and ammunition are prohibited from the cabin of the aircraft, they can be checked as luggage as long as the proper guidelines are followed. Learn more about traveling with firearms and ammunition: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition
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Must See: The TSA’s Instagram Page