Florida Man Caught Allegedly Stuffing Gun Into a Raw Chicken and Trying to Bring it on Plane

“The plot chickens.”

In what might be a first for airport employees, a man was caught trying to smuggle a handgun through security—by hiding it inside a raw chicken. The Transportation Security Administration seems to find the entire incident funny, posting about it online in an update full of puns. "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 post said. Here's how they found the handgun, and what happened next.

Fowl Play


The incident occurred at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The traveler had a frozen chicken packed into his luggage, which TSA allows so long as passengers abide by federal laws regarding packaging. Some eagle-eyed TSA agents realized there was something inside the chicken—and it wasn't homemade stuffing. 



The TSA agents found a handgun hidden inside the chicken, wrapped up in plastic to protect it from the meat. There is no information on whether the traveler was arrested, but the TSA clearly found the whole situation amusing, based on their social media post about the incident. "There's a personal fowl here… The plot chickens as we barrel our way closer to Thanksgiving," the post began. 

TSA Jokes


"For us, it's a time to be thankful that our officers are always working around the cluck to keep you safe," the post continues. "Take for instance this "hen you believe it?" find at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. We hate to beak it to you here, but stuffing a firearm in your holiday bird for travel is just a baste of time."

A Half-Baked Idea

TSA PreCheck Banner at the Airport
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"This idea wasn't even half-baked; it was raw, greasy, and obviously unsupervised," the post concludes. "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."

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TSA Guidelines

A TSA agent searches luggage at an airport.

TSA guidelines about firearms are clearly stated on their website. "You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage."

Ferozan Mast
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