The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already makes it abundantly clear what is and isn’t acceptable on an airplane. Yet, all kinds of banned weapons and substances continue to show up at airports across the country—and one of them isn’t what you’d expect.
If you look through the TSA’s Instagram page, you’ll start to notice an odd trend. Every so often, Batman’s Batarangs will turn up, as if the Dark Knight himself was trying to pass through JFK. There are numerous examples in the past year alone. It’s like these people don’t recognize that, yes, sharpened Batarangs do qualify as weapons.
“Passengers are not allowed to bring anything on a plane that resembles a weapon, so anything like a boomerang or anything like that would not be permitted in the airplane cabin,” explained Mike England, a TSA spokesman.
A post from the agency’s Salt Lake City branch said Batarangs are perfectly fine for checked luggage, but they’re not okay on planes. “They can be placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.” At least they have a sense of humor about it.
If only the TSA knew that Batarangs are for fighting bad guys. The next time you travel across the country for business, think twice before putting your Batarang collection in your carry-on luggage.