Leave Cattle Prods on the Ranch

TSA airport screening top ten list
Electronic cattle prods at airport screening
Electric cattle prods inside a guitar case at TSA
Washington DC (Vax Before Travel)

The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) recently made it into the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) annual Top 10 List of most unusual items found at security checkpoints in 2022.  

TSA officers at Dulles Airport detected two electric cattle prods packed alongside a guitar inside a carry-on guitar case in September 2022.

The TSA stated in a press release on December 30, 2022, it would have had no issue had the items been packed in a checked bag, but passengers certainly cannot carry an electric cattle prod into an aircraft cabin.

Additionally, a single cattle prod was detected in a carry-on bag, also at Dulles Airport, in May. As a result, that item also was not permitted to go through the security checkpoint. 

These discoveries ranked #8 on the TSA's Top Ten List.

The #1 item during 2022 was drugs hidden inside various candies.

The TSA released the new list in a video it posted on the agency’s YouTube account.

If travelers are unsure whether an item should be packed in a carry-on or checked bag, they can send their inquiry to the TSA social media team via Twitter at @AskTSA.

For more information on what you can and cannot bring on an airplane, visit www.tsa.gov.