March 2, 2009
Monkey head, roaches seized at airports
Transportation Security Administration officials at New York airports said items seized in recent months include a frozen monkey head and a drug-stuffed cat.
TSA officials said recent months have also seen the seizure of a suitcase full of cockroaches and seven pounds of chocolate-covered heroin bars, the New York Daily News reported Monday.
People are still showing up at the checkpoint with loaded guns, explosives, fireworks,said TSA spokeswoman Lara Uselding.
We got nun-chucks, Chinese throwing stars (and) swords concealed inside canes this year.
Someone even once tried to bring a fully gassed-up power chain saw through a checkpoint, Uselding said.
Customs officials at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark, N.J., airports said they have collectively seized more than $2 million worth of drugs, jewels and 19th-century Faberge bowls and cutlery since December.
They said the drugs included multiple cocaine shipments hidden inside canned vegetables, a Kahlua bottle and an attache case.
Uselding said one of the more bizarre recent incidents at John F. Kennedy International Airport involved a Chilean family who attempted to push a dead relative through security in a wheelchair to skirt body transportation fees.