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Leave the tuna behind! London airport reveals the strangest and most confiscated items at security

Ever hit the security lines at the airport and realise your carry-on contains horse treats, furry handcuffs or a four-pack of tuna? Well, it’s happened to someone, according to London City Airport.

London City Airport has released a list of the strangest things taken from hand luggage.
London City Airport has released a list of the strangest things taken from hand luggage. Image by London City Airport Facebook

The airport has just released a list of the strangest and most commonly confiscated items at the airport in the past 12 months.

One souvenir takes the top spot for being taken by security: snow globes. The popular souvenir contains a water-based solution, which means they don’t fit the carry-on restrictions, as all liquids in hand luggage must be under 100ml. About 12 snow globes are taken away from people per month during security checks.

Another commonly confiscated item is Harrods or Fortnum & Mason jams and spreads, as hundreds of people place their department store goodies in their hand luggage.

Another surprising item to make the list is furry handcuffs – with about two pairs taken from adventurous passengers each month.

The airport also listed the strangest items that get taken away, which included £40,000 in undeclared cash. Security officers have also found four tins of tuna, four pots of horse treats, potato forks for fondue, Waitrose gherkins in vinegar, and a luxury dog shampoo by Aesop.

London snow globes in shop window. Image by Susie Adams/Getty Images

Even if you’re not carrying something bizarre in your bag, about 1 in 8 people in the UK have had something confiscated from them at security, according to a study commissioned by the airport.

But if you’ve had your tuna taken away, don’t worry because items are regularly passed on to the local Newham food bank or used in charity hampers, according to the airport.

Here’s the airport’s full list:

The top 10 most unusual items confiscated at London City Airport: £40,000 cash, Aesop Animal soap 500ml (dog shampoo), Hamleys Bubble-ator with bubble fuel; Horselyx (horse food treats); Play-Doh My Little Pony Make ‘N Style ponies; potato forks for fondue; Waitrose pickled gherkins in vinegar 680g; John West tuna chunks in sunflower oil 4-pack 185g; belt made of bullet casings (fashion accessory); and a wooden meat hammer.

The top 10 most commonly confiscated items at London City Airport: snow globes; Harrods and Fortnum & Mason jams and spreads; toiletries; Nutella chocolate spread; jarred chutneys and pickles; olive oils; wine; spirits; marmite; and furry handcuffs.