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Holy travel traps Batman! TSA reminds passengers not to carry Batarang weapons through security

The Transportation Security Administration in the U.S has issued a reminder to superhero enthusiasts that batarangs are not permitted through security checkpoints.

A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Feb 19, 2015 at 3:01pm PST

The advice comes after the metal missiles were discovered in the carry-on luggage of a passenger in San Francisco International Airport last week. While they are prohibited to take through security checkpoints, the items are permitted in checked baggage. The TSA has also shared numerous photos of other batarangs that have been confiscated over the last few years.

A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Jul 28, 2016 at 4:47pm PDT

The TSA issued advice in a blog post recently to travellers that were attending Comic-Con in San Diego. “Every year during Comic-Con International, our officers have issues with various items that people purchase and then carry-on or place in their checked bags. These come in the form of figurines, costume items (including replica and real weapons) and other mementoes that generally alarm our checkpoint and checked baggage screening systems,” the post read.

A collection of replica weapons from Comic Con.
A collection of replica weapons from Comic Con. Image by Steven Deplo / CC BY 2.0

One of the alternative suggestions outlined in the post included shipping collectible items that still have their original seal to avoid damage to the item in the result of a search. Replica and real weapons may be packed in checked bags, with replica firearms being authorised without declaration. As expected, anything looking like an explosive, whether real or not, is strictly prohibited on flights.

A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Apr 17, 2016 at 11:26am PDT

A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on May 20, 2016 at 6:16pm PDT

The TSA offers an Ask TSA service on Facebook and Twitter to help passengers that are unsure of rules and regulations.