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The 13 Strangest Things Allowed Through Airport Security

The Transportation Security Administration's "What Can I Bring?" list has a few weird items on it that make you wonder why they even had to add these things in the first place.

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Can I bring this through security?

The TSA has so many confusing rules when it comes to what you can and can't bring through security in your carry-on. Sometimes, it seems like your best bet is to just buy everything you need for your trip once you get there. But there are a few weird things that you're surprisingly allowed to bring with you through security. So if there is a rare chance you need to travel with any of these strange things, know that you're allowed to bring them in your carry-on (if they can fit!). On the other hand, make sure you avoid packing these items that are most likely to get you flagged by the TSA.

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Don't worry, those deer antlers that you picked up as a souvenir on your trip are safe to come back in your carry-on. Just check with your airline first to make sure that they'll fit in the overhead bin; if not, you'll have to check them before security. This is what your TSA agent isn't telling you.

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Artificial skeleton bones

Artificial skeleton bones will make it through security just fine. You might want to be transparent with your TSA agent about why you have them though so you don't send them into a panic. Besides the strange things you have in your suitcase, this is what a TSA agent first notices about you.

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Sports balls

Basketballs, baseballs, footballs, and soccer balls are all allowed through airport security. I'm not really sure why you would want to take up space in your carry-on with a giant basketball, but hey, maybe you think you'll have time for a pick-up game if your flight gets delayed.

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Bicycle chains and pumps

Your bicycle chains and pumps are both allowed through airport security, but if you want to bring your bicycle you need to check with your airline first. If one of your items does get taken by security, here's how you can get back the things TSA confiscated from you.

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Bocce balls

If the resort you're staying at doesn't have a bocce court, just bring your own balls with you! You probably want to bring a carry-on bag with wheels though, because lugging eight heavy bocce balls through the airport on your shoulder doesn't sound like fun.

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Bowling balls

Your beloved bowling ball can go through security, but if you also have pins, they'll have to be put in your checked bag. The TSA's website states, "Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage." These are the strangest things that have "disappeared" from suitcases.

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Bread machine

We're assuming the only time someone brings a bread machine with them on a plane is if they're going to gift it to another person. If that's the case, know that it will make it through security, but it's advised that you check with your airline to ensure it will fit in the overhead bin.

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Fresh eggs

If you're willing to risk one of them cracking and causing a smelly mess on your plane, feel free to bring your fresh eggs through security. TSA officers may instruct you to remove them from your bag to avoid blocking something from the X-ray machine, so keep them in an easily accessible spot. Here are some of the craziest things plane passengers have done to beat the system.

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The TSA explains it best when it comes to bringing your lightsaber with you on the plane: "Sadly, the technology doesn't currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you."

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