TSA finds 20-pound live lobster in checked bag at Boston airport

Source: TSA/ Michael McCarthy

A TSA officer at Boston Logan airport found himself in a pinch when he located a massive live lobster in a checked bag.

According to the TSA's Instagram account, the 20-lb crustacean was found in the bag after it set off the checked baggage alarm. The agency says lobsters actually are allowed in carry-on and checked bags and they're a popular find at New England airports. 

TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy told the Boston Globe it's the largest lobster he's ever seen, and he'd be surprised if they've ever screened a larger lobster.

McCarthy tweeted that the passenger was allowed to keep the lobster and says it was traveling in a cooler.

The TSA recommends checking with your airline for packing guidelines.


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