TSA Calls 'Personal Fowl' on Unusual Security Find

Firearm discovered shoved inside a raw chicken at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2022 8:33 AM CST
TSA Likely Didn't Expect to Find a Chicken. Or Gun Inside It
Not what TSA expected to find, most likely.   (TSA)

Security officers at a South Florida airport have reported finding a handgun hidden inside a raw chicken packed in a traveler's luggage. The Transportation Security Administration posted photos of the gun and poultry Monday on its official Instagram account, per the AP. The weapon was recovered at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. "There's a personal fowl here," the agency tweeted, showing a picture of the "baking hen" and firearm. "We hate to break it to you but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time."

The social media posts didn't identify the traveler who was transporting the weapon or whether any arrests were made, though they continued to have fun with the subject matter, noting the traveler's idea "wasn't even half-baked" and thanking TSA officers for "always working around the cluck to keep you safe." According to the TSA, fresh meat, seafood, and other nonliquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags, as long as they're packed in ice. Unloaded firearms are allowed to be transported in checked bags, but they must be declared at the ticket counter and packed in a locked, hard-sided container. (Other strange stuff that TSA has unearthed.)

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