The TSA has an Instagram account of all the terrifying and bizarre stuff they’ve collected 

The TSA catches a lot of flak: While the agency subjects airline passengers to invasive scans and body searchers, even the American government has serious doubts that air travel has become significantly safer.

But taking a look at the TSA’s Instagram feed can give you a clear sense of what the agency’s work looks like. 

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12 photos of absurd things people tried to bring on planes

The Transportation Security Administration wants you to have a safe and smooth ride home this holiday travel season. To help meet that goal, on Tuesday the agency displayed thousands of bizarre and dangerous items agents have confiscated at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a reminder of what not to bring in carry-on bags on commercial flights in the coming months. Or ever.

What is and isn’t allowed on board 


TSA America: Level Orange - “Just Relax”

TSA America (www.tsaamerica.com) is proud to present its Director of Training, Misha Collins, directing and starring in three modules involving class six security screening dramatizations involving high-level security breaches. These are actual level orange events dramatized and captured on film.

Before my name change, I avoided airplanes and crossing international borders altogether. The dissonance between my clearly-boy name and obviously-girl presentation caused enough awkward situations with bartenders and bouncers; the mere thought of dealing with the TSA or Customs was enough to make my stomach do backflips. National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling has noted that “transgender people end up as collateral damage in TSA’s security theater. Any security system that relies on gender and ‘anatomical anomalies’ will always disparately affect transgender and gender non-confirming people.”

When I flew for the first time in many years last January, I spent hours going over the current TSA procedures for transgender people so that I was prepared for every eventuality. I carried my letter from my therapist, a copy of my name change order, and a letter from doctor explaining my gender, hoping to cover any objection the TSA may have. I even went as far as to carry the number for the local ACLU office, just in case things got ugly. These days I fly pretty regularly, but my anxiety levels still skyrocket every time I step into the security lines. I seem to run about a 50/50 risk that the agent who looks at my ID will misgender me, and the full-body scanner always seems to find something “suspicious” between my legs that requires an entirely-too-intimate check— and often disgusted look— from the nearest lady screener.

SPOILER ALERT: Everything in this article totally happens all the time.

6 Shockingly Childish Abuses of Power by Airport Employees

#6. Airport Body Scanners Have Been Used to Rate (and Berate) Your Junk

According to ex-TSA agent Jason Harrington (and every fiber of common sense in your exposed body), body scanners are much more effective for mercilessly ridiculing passengers from behind closed doors than they are for spotting terrorists. Plastic explosives were apparently indistinguishable from fat rolls, leaving screeners with little more to do than make a sport out of laughing at overweight passengers and guessing the sex of ambiguously shaped bodies passing through scans. And when they aren’t laughing their asses off at man boobs and crotchular irregularities, screeners racially profile your genitals in the name of … national security, or, as Harrington explained, “All the old, crass stereotypes about race and genitalia size thrived on our secure government radio channels.” Which makes us feel markedly insecure. In our pants.

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This may not make Jose Antonio Vargas feel better, but apparently TSA agents need some basic geography lessons.

WFTV Washington correspondent Justin Gray was flying back to DC from Orlando, Fla., when a TSA agent halted him for holding a license from a state he didn’t recognize, and asked him for his passport. Gray was confused: he didn’t bring his passport, because his District of Columbia driver’s license should have been sufficient. The agent insisted that he didn’t recognize it.

“At that point, I was a little confused, but then I realized what was going on,” he later told WFTV. “I said to him, ‘Do you not know what the District of Columbia is?’ After some back and forth, it became clear he didn’t.”

Just so people know, it’s not legal for Magnus and Alec to get married until 2011 in New York. Shadowhunter laws go by the state laws of wherever they are. So assuming TSA happens more than a year after COHF (which, by logic, most of it does seeing how the epliogue takes place a good six months later and the lessons probably start later than that) Malec baby will probably happen in 2008/2009. Meaning there is no wedding skipped. It just hasn’t happened yet because it’s not legal! 

So now imagine little navy warlock child at Malec wedding a couple years later. :’)