What a catch! A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent found a live 20-pound lobster in a suitcase at Boston’s International Logan Airport.
TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said the lobster was found in a passenger’s carry-on luggage on Sunday at Terminal C of the airport. Although not against the rules, authorities were taken by surprise because of the immense size of the lobster, which McCarthy described as “largest” he’s ever seen, according to AP News.
The TSA spokesman himself joked with the fact that the officers are trained to check all types of items in passengers suitcases, “including this 20+ pound lobster,” as he wrote on Twitter.
The list of what is allowed on carry-ons can be quite long but McCarthy revealed that it is not prohibited in the United States to transport lobsters, which is actually common in the New England region. Also, he clarified that although he “cannot speak to any airline policies,” according to TSA regulation, if you are going to bring live crustaceans on board with you, it can pass it through screening but with certain restrictions. “[It] must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container,” the spokesman told NPR. However, it is recommended that passengers contact the airline they’re traveling with to check their regulations and procedures.
In the case of this trending lobster, McCarthy says that it was placed in a cooler, and it was “alive and cooperated quite nicely with the screening process.” After being screened, it was “allowed to continue on its way.”