It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! This is why TSA may have wondered why a passenger was carrying a raw chicken through the checkpoint.
On Monday, officers with the federal agency said it caught a person trying to conceal a gun inside a raw chicken that was stashed in their carry-on luggage.
The weapon was flagged by TSA at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The gun was found wrapped in what looked like thin paper packaging and hidden inside a raw chicken, CBS News reported.
TSA posted photos on its Instagram account showing the uncooked chicken being examined in the airport security screening area and the gun once it was removed and unwrapped. And with a bit of humor, the caption, ahead of Thanksgiving read, “There’s a personal fowl here…”
“The plot chickens as we barrel our way closer to Thanksgiving,” a TSA spokesperson wrote. “For us, it’s a time to be thankful that our officers are always working around the cluck to keep you safe. Take for instance this ‘hen you believe it?’ find at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.”
“We hate to beak it to you here, but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time. This idea wasn’t even half-baked; it was raw, greasy, and obviously unsupervised. The only roast happening here is this poor packing choice!” the caption continued, adding, “Feather you like it or not, there are rules for traveling with guns and ammunition.”
Cuisine for a full Thanksgiving menu, like meats and seafood, are allowed on carry-on luggage as long as travelers abide by federal packaging guidelines, which can be read on the TSA website. For those looking to travel with guns and ammunition, they are required to pack unloaded weapons in locked, hard-sided containers that have to be checked in and they must declare those items at the airport ticket counter when they arrive for their flight.