Florida traveler tried to smuggle gun onto plane in raw chicken, TSA says

Now we know: airport scanners can find handguns stuffed inside raw chickens.

Someone tried to board a plane with a gun inside a chicken at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

In a pun-filled Instagram post, the TSA showed the gun, wrapped in paper, inside the bird.

“We hate to beak it to you here, but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time,” the caption says.

“This idea wasn’t even half-baked; it was raw, greasy, and obviously unsupervised. The only roast happening here is this poor packing choice!

“Feather you like it or not, there are rules for traveling with guns and ammunition. So, don’t wing it; roost over the proper packaging info through the link in our bio.”

Earlier this month, the TSA announced it had found 700 guns at Florida airports this year. Nationwide, TSA agents seized 5,972 firearms in 2021.

“As we enter the busiest holiday travel period, remember if you are going to travel with your gun it must be in your checked bag, but be sure you know what the gun laws are on each side of your trip or you may be heading to jail instead of to your family gathering,” said TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.

“Guns may not be legal to transport even in checked baggage in some jurisdictions.”

It was not immediately known if the chicken-and-gun-toting passenger was arrested. But bringing prohibited items, like guns, in your carry-on luggage can result in civil fines of up to $13,910.