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Claws for concern: 20lb lobster found in passenger´s luggage

28 June, 2017, 14:14 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • TSA considers forcing airline passengers to remove books from carry-ons

The list of things you cannot bring on a plane feels like an encyclopedia's worth of items, but it turns out there's one very surprising thing you CAN bring on a plane, and it's freaky.

What a catch! A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent found a live 20-pound lobster in a suitcase at Boston's International Logan Airport.

Lobsters, from the fisheries of New England, frequently travel out of Boston to the midwest or Europe.

The owner of a CT fish market says she is "personally offended" after a photo of a 20-pound lobster being handled by a Transportation Security Administration screener circulated through social media.

McCarthy tweeted a photo of the large lobster on Monday.

While lobster transports are not unusual in the Northeast region, TSA rules specify live lobsters "must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container".

The group is urging the TSA to train its agents in the privacy concerns that go with inspecting someone's books or papers.

She said a lobster is supposed to be held by its body, underneath the arms, to support the weight - especially a 20-pound lobster that holds most of its weight in its arms. "Just check with your airline first for packing guidelines".

But according to the TSA, that's exactly what an agent found while screening checked luggage over the weekend.

The TSA even has an entire page on its website dedicated to lobsters.

McCarthy also wrote that the lobster must have been the biggest TSA has ever seen in their daily screening process.

According to the Telegraph, John Kelly, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, told Fox News on Sunday that the extra searches are likely to be rolled out to airports nationwide.

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