The TSA shared video of frozen chickens and chicken parts, stuck together in a block, circling an airport’s baggage carousel. The chicken wasn’t wrapped or inside of luggage. And there’s no baggage tag apparent in the video.
TSA used the opportunity to make a number of puns, such as the “personal fowl on the carousel,” and how the chickens failed to be “cooped up” inside luggage but were instead “free range.” However there’s no security rules against this as such. Meat is permitted inside of carry on bags and as checked luggage. Usually though it isn’t exposed to the elements, being handled directly, or traveling without – at a minimum – ice. It was the lack of packaging, the TSA suggested, that was “ruffling…feathers.”
Four years ago an Australian man checked a can of beer as luggage on a Qantas flight. The can of beer made it onto the baggage carousel at his destination. No worries, mate!
Then a reader decided to use his American Airlines Executive Status free checked bag privileges to check a bottle of deodorant and see what happened. American’s baggage tracking showed the deodorant boarded the aircraft and even delivered to baggage claim, but never made it out onto the carousel. He sought airline reimbursement for his $0.79 plus tax.