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TSA Posts Confiscated Items to Instagram

By Molly Thornberg |

Have you ever had something confiscated by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration)?  I’ve had my make-up and perfume confiscated – well just about every time I travel. Yes, each time it frustrates me to no end. The TSA has joined Instagram and is showing the world some of the crazy they are confiscating – and what they are posting isn’t make-up and perfume.

This is an interesting use of social media. The photos of the confiscated items posted are both informational and a bit freaky. While some may comment about the TSA’s use of Instagram being a waste of tax payer money…  looking at these images gave me pause as to what people are really bringing to the airport. You have to wonder why someone would want to bring a stun gun disguised as a Marlboro pack of cigarettes on a plane?

While going thru security at the airport is a pain, and sure like any government agency there are all kinds of crazy issues and situations that arrise…  the purpose of the TSA is to protect us as we travel and now we can see some of what we are being protected from on Instagram.

Check out what the TSA is posting on Instagram:

TSA Posts Confiscated Items to Instagram

What People Bring to the Airport

The TSA's use of Instagram is clever. Check out a 10 of the confiscated items they have posted to their Instagram account: tsablogteam

In addition to Instagram, the TSA is using a blog, Twitter, YouTube and a My TSA app to communicate on how to travel within the rules.

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Molly Thornberg

Molly Thornberg is a wife and mother of four. She worked in web design and social media marketing before quitting to pursue blogging full time. On Digital Mom Blog, Molly shares "geeky" DIY projects, discusses the latest technology news, and talks about her life as a parent. Read bio and latest posts → Read Molly's latest posts →

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