TSA joins Instagram to show off confiscated weapons

Guns, knives, and grenades—all are items the public still tries to take on planes. Learn how the Transport Security Agency reaches out and educates its travelers through visuals.

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Its intense security checks are why you leave for the airport three hours early after desperately searching for shampoo in bottles smaller than 100 ml.

At the airport you’re asked to remove your shoes, pass through X-rays, and subject yourself to metal detectors—all of which makes you wonder, “Is this really necessary?”

The answer? Yes, it is.

If you aren’t convinced, check out the agency’s newly launched Instagram that boasts more than 41,000 followers.

TSA joined the picture sharing platform on June 27, posting photos of confiscated contraband, ranging from loaded guns to inert grenades.

When contacted by Ragan.com, Ross Feinstein, press secretary for the TSA, said the following:

“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses a variety of ways to engage with the traveling public in order to provide timely information that assists them in traveling safely.

“TSA is currently exploring the use of Instagram to augment social media tools that provide timely information to travelers.”

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