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‘This idea wasn’t even half-baked’: TSA finds gun smuggled inside raw chicken at Florida airport

Photos of the desecrated bird carcass showed a gun that was wrapped in a plastic bag and shoved inside it
TSA officials found a gun wrapped in plastic shoved inside raw chicken at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (TSA/Twitter)
TSA officials found a gun wrapped in plastic shoved inside raw chicken at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (TSA/Twitter)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA: When Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport discovered that a traveler had the "greasy" idea to hide a firearm in a raw chicken for his trip out of Florida, they were astonished. The gun, which TSA discovered in a raw chicken in the security baggage check area, was caught on camera and shared on Instagram the afternoon of Monday, Nov 7. A rifle was inside the bird carcass and was visible in photos of the desecrated bird.

A TSA representative made multiple puns about Thanksgiving to caution other passengers about traveling securely with locked firearms, as per reported by CBS 42. “The plot chickens as we barrel our way closer to Thanksgiving. For us, it’s a time to be thankful that our officers are always working around the cluck to keep you safe,” the 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.”


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The TSA states that both fresh and cooked meats are allowed in carry-on luggage and checked baggage. Ice or ice packs can be used to pack the meats, but they must be firm; melted ice or packs won't pass inspection. The majority of the day's treats, including the turkey, stuffing, sides, and desserts, can be transported past security, according to the TSA. In terms of carrying firearms, only checked luggage is permitted for unloaded firearms in hard-sided, secured cases. At the ticket counter, firearms and ammunition must be declared.

TSA stated last week that this year, people have carried 700 weapons through security checkpoints at Florida airports alone, with 120 of those coming from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. These weapons were almost all loaded, and the majority of them had rounds in the chamber. Many of the passengers have received arrest warrants or court appearance notifications. These travelers could be subject to a civil fine of up to $13,910, per TSA. The TSA also intercepted the most firearms at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2021.

MEAWW previously reported, a TikTok user stated that while she was flying, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official stopped her and performed a vaginal search because she was wearing a period pad. The description of a video shared by user @rhivnnnon to TikTok said, "And they thought it’d be ok to check that area in public?? Absolutely not. F**k this shit…” Over 14,000 views and 2,000 likes were given to the video in just 23 hours. Others who have gained notoriety for their fury at the TSA include Diana Ross, Rose Montoya, and Jeanne Clarkson.