Is That Bear Mace in Your Carry-on or Are You Happy to Spray Me?

No round was chambered in the loaded .38 caliber gun plucked from the security check at JWA.
No round was chambered in the loaded .38 caliber gun plucked from the security check at JWA.
Courtesy of the TSA

The handgun and ammo above were pulled out of a bag being carried onto a plane at John Wayne Airport on Thursday, one of 62 firearms (54 loaded, 25 with rounds chambered) intercepted at the nation's airports last week, according to the Transportation Security Administration. But that was not our favorite TSA find.

Loaded .22 Caliber Gun Found in John Wayne Airport TSA Line

No, that distinction goes to the 12 cans of bear mace discovered in carry-ons around the nation.

Mace mace baby.
Mace mace baby.

Who knew there was an infestation of Yogis?

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"Eight were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), two at Billings (BIL) and the remainder at Oakland (OAK) and Seattle (SEA)," informs The TSA Blog. "Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN."

Thank goodness, because you never know when you're going to have to mace a bear during the connecting flight from Denver.

As for firearms, the TSA notes:

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it's great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

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