Humans organs, live crabs, grenade casings, spent bullets and a knuckle duster belt buckle have all been confiscated at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The obscure list released by the airport serves as a reminder to check what you can and can’t take on a plane with you before people jet off on their summer holidays.
While these are quite rare, tonnes of items have to be left behind every year at airports across the country because people have not double checked the rules.
In the past 12 months, 12 x 60L vented drums full of sharp items and 40 x 60L drums of aerosol related items have been filled full of items surrendered by passengers at LJLA, as they are not permitted to be taken through security in hand luggage.
A spokesperson said: “Sharp objects that are not allowed to pass through security can be anything ranging from knives, scissors with blades longer than 6cm and corkscrews (although there are many more prohibited sharp items). Aerosol related items include deodorants, hairsprays etc which are in excess of the maximum allowances.
“In addition, around 39 tonnes of other items were confiscated, consisting mainly of toiletries such as shampoos and lotions which do not fit within the 100ml liquid requirements.”
LJLA also released a list of items that they see regularly surrendered. While many seem obvious, some are puzzling as to why a holidaymaker was travelling with these in their hand luggage:
- Toy/replica guns, this includes water pistols
- Food that is classed as liquid such as soups, sauces and jam
- Tradesman’s tools (drills, hammers, plyers)
- Wall paint
- Aerosols/ make up and perfumes over 100ml
- Grenade shaped items such as perfume bottles and weight management supplements
- Marmite. It is classed as a paste under the liquid regulations and often comes in jars over 100ml.
- Water filled cool cups/ mugs
- Kids slime
- Nerf guns
- Snow globes
- Aftershave/ deodorant sets
What happens to all the items left at security?
The majority of items are toiletries or appropriately sealed, and are subsequently donated to local foodbanks and charities including Alder Hey which is the Airport’s charity partner.
Some items also have to be destroyed.
A spokesperson for LJLA said: “Unfortunately many passengers still bring ‘liquids’ in their hand luggage that either exceed the limits or do comply with what is permitted, which must then be surrendered and disposed of if the passenger is unable to place in their hold luggage or leave with friends/family etc.
“Any liquids, aerosols, gels or pastes over 100ml should be packed in hold luggage though there are exemptions for prescribed medicines and baby foods and breast milk.
“Liquids in containers up to 100ml, must be kept in a clear re-sealable bag measuring 20x20cm, which they need to provide – though these can also be bought at the airport if necessary.”
For those unsure what is permitted in hand luggage, there is more general passenger information on what can and can’t be taken through airport security with hand luggage on the LJLA website.