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TSA Finds Giant 20-Pound Lobster in Luggage at Boston Airport


The lobster was found during boarding of a JetBlue flight at Terminal C of the airport

The lobster was most likely found in the waters of New England, known for its rich seafood.

Transportation Security Administration has confiscated many items found in luggage in the past, from a lipstick stun gun to martial arts throwing stars, according to the LA Times, but agents at Boston’s Logan Airport recently came across an item during screening that piqued their interest. Inside an insulated cooler flagged most likely from its X-ray image was a live, 20-pound lobster.

The giant lobster was discovered on Sunday by a security agent, who also took a picture with it and posted the find on Twitter.


[email protected] officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan pic.twitter.com/euhyyO6F7V

— Michael McCarthy (@TSAmedia_MikeM) June 26, 2017

“@TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan,” the tweet read.

While transporting lobsters in luggage seems bizarre, it’s actually legal and even has a dedicated page on the TSA website. According to the agency, live lobsters are given the green light to be transported through checked baggage, but whether they’re allowed in carryon bags varies by airline.

“A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container,” the TSA states.

To read how to travel by plane with leftovers in your carryon, click here.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


Well, that happened. TSA found a surprising item in checked baggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport… a massive 20-pound live lobster. There are no rules against such a thing, but yikes! I have to say that although tasty, lobsters creep me out. They strike me as a cross between a spider and a cockroach. The picture of this baby just stuns me. I’m not sure whether to be creeped out or hungry.

The Transportation Security Administration actually gave the world’s worst pun over this… there’s no “claws” for alarm. Now, that’s bad. The seriously big crustacean was spotted in a passenger’s luggage. And guess what? This isn’t uncommon either. Just the size of the lobster was. Man, the picture of the agent holding up this beast is something else. “It’s certainly the largest lobster I have ever seen,” McCarthy said. “And I’d be surprised if we’ve ever screened a larger lobster.” I absolutely believe that. I’ve never seen one that large ever.

Spokesman Michael McCarthy says that there is no prohibition on transporting lobsters (just guns and everything else known to man). They did not disclose where the passenger was headed, but that must have been a big bag. Can you imagine being a TSA agent and see something moving in a bag like that? You’d have to be a brave soul to take a peek. And then you’d get a really big shock by what you found. The officer holding the lobster has an amused smirk on his face as he shows off the size of the lobster and its giant claws. (which thankfully are tied off).

“TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage…including this 20+ pound lobster at Boston Logan,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. TSA does have some rules on this kind of thing: “A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container.” I’m just glad it wasn’t a snake.

This particular lobster was in a cooler and was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” I bet. The TSA will visually inspect lobsters before they are put on a flight, but passengers are asked to contact the airline they are flying on about their passenger before traveling. I think that is very good advice… those agents deserve a little warning before the monster from the deep flies the friendly skies.

I had no idea that airlines allowed such ‘baggage’ on board. I guess I should not be surprised. I can tell you one thing… I am thankful I am not a TSA agent. Cringe.


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