Transportation Security Administration officers recently questioned a traveler after they discovered his carry-on bag was full of moose poop. And apparently, there are no laws that prevent travelers from carrying animal poop in their luggage, according to TSA officials.
"Yes, you can bring moose poop to a checkpoint!" TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted last week.
The spokeswoman added an extra nugget of wisdom for those who wish to bring some dung on their next trip.
"@TSA has no policy preventing people from traveling with animal poop, but check with your airline on its policies because having to leave souvenir poop behind would be crappy," Farbstein wrote.
Yes, you can bring moose poop to a checkpoint! And someone did last week at Juneau Int’l Airport. @TSA has no polic… https://t.co/dpmRQxHdst— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF)1556037941.0
While the incident didn't warrant an incident report, the agency's social media team enjoyed sharing the story on various platforms, the spokeswoman said.
TSA screeners spotted a "large organic mass" inside a traveler's bag at Juneau International Airport in Juneau, Alaska, on April 15, Farbstein told KTOO-TV.
"The TSA officers opened the bag, they saw the moose poop inside," Farbstein said.
TSA officers questioned the man and learned that he was a poop collector who likes to share his souvenirs with politicians.
"And the passenger told the TSA officers that he collects this and likes to present it, 'For politicians and their [expletive] policies,'" Farbstein said.
After a few minutes, the man — along with his bag of poop — was sent on to his gate.
It's always best to check with the airline before traveling with unusual carry-on items, Farbstein told the news outlet.
"TSA actually will screen just about anything people bring to the checkpoint," she said. "But it is smart — and if it's more on the unusual side — to check with an airline to see if they have any limits or restrictions as it relates to what it is you want to bring."
Earlier the same day, a man handed out baggies of moose poop at the state Capitol, according to Anchorage Daily News reporter James Brooks. The man was reportedly protesting the state's budget proposed by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
It's not clear whether or not the man at the airport was the same man seen at the Capitol.
This protester is on the steps of the #akleg https://t.co/s8RJFlourL— James Brooks (@James Brooks)1555358643.0