Over the weekend, Transportation Security Administration officials screened an unusual traveler: a 20-pound lobster.
The lobster came to the attention of the TSA after it set off the alert for additional security screening, either because of the size of its box or because of the image it created on the X-ray machine.
Lobsters are allowed to fly on planes, if they’re correctly packed: The TSA recommends a clear, plastic, spill-proof container. There’s no limit on lobster size, although a TSA spokesperson allowed that this is likely the largest one the TSA has ever screened. (In any context, a 20-pound lobster is a very large lobster.)
The lobster passed the security check and continued on its journey.
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