A traveller who attempted to conceal a pistol inside a raw chicken on a flight was publicly roasted online by US transportation officials.
At Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel thwarted the poultry operation.
Before boarding, the traveler’s weapon was discovered concealed within the bird and wrapped in paper packing.
On Instagram, TSA agents made light of the plot, saying it “wasn’t even half-baked.”
The plan’s originator was not disclosed, however photographs shared on Instagram by the TSA showed agents inspecting the bird in an airport screening area before taking out and unwrapping the gun.
With the annual Thanksgiving holidays fast approaching, the agency leaned heavily into festive puns in their caption, quipping that its officers “are always working around the cluck to keep you
The plot chickens as we barrel our way closer to Thanksgiving,” a TSA spokesperson wrote.
“We hate to beak it to you here, but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time. This idea wasn’t even half-baked; it was raw, greasy, and obviously unsupervised. The only roast happening here is this poor packing choice!”
“Feather you like it or not, there are rules for traveling with guns and ammunition,” the TSA concluded.
Firearms aren’t banned on US airlines, but they must be carried in checked baggage and have to be unloaded and placed in a locked hard-sided container.
BBC reported that, Last year, the TSA said it had seized a record number of firearms from passengers at US airports. Around 85% of those taken were loaded, the agency said.
Travellers around the world have sometimes expressed exasperation at the strict nature of airport security.
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