TSA Makes Unusual Discovery in Checked Luggage
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tasked with policing the nation’s airports to prevent another act of terrorism like 9/11 from happening, it’s a heckuva lot of responsibility.
While the agency has become the target of much negative publicity due to the actions of some bad apples in the ranks and mismanagement during the Obama regime, the vast majority of the workers are dedicated professionals.
The mundane job of checking the luggage of travelers has to be mind-numbingly boring but not for agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport who made a shocking discovery in one passenger’s checked bag.
A live 20-pound lobster!
“TSA has no prohibition on transporting lobsters. . . . It’s actually fairly common in the New England region.” https://t.co/i40ZSHW6Ji pic.twitter.com/SAn00BNIxy
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 27, 2017
The Boston Globe reports “Nice catch: TSA finds 20-pound lobster in checked bag at Logan”:
Officials from the Transportation Security Administration said there’s no “claws” for alarm after a roughly 20-pound live lobster was spotted in a person’s checked luggage at Logan International Airport over the weekend.
“I cannot speak to any airline policies, but TSA has no prohibition on transporting lobsters,” said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy in an e-mail to the Globe. “It’s actually fairly common in the New England region.”
But make no mistake, it was a seriously big crustacean.
“It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.”
McCarthy on Monday shared an image to Twitter of a TSA agent holding up the massive lobster that was discovered in the passenger’s luggage at the airport’s Terminal C. He did not specify where the passenger was headed.
In the photo, the officer has an amused smirk on his face, as he shows off the size of the lobster — and its claws.
“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
According to the TSA’s website, “a live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.”