TSA Says Mummified Heads Allowed as Carry-on Items

Posted on July 27, 2016

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There are many prohibited items on the TSA carry-on list. Surprisingly, mummified heads are okay as long as they are properly packaged, labeled and declared.

The TSA was recently asked by someone if they could bring their mummified head of Jeremy Bentham and the TSA said yes providing it is "properly packaged, labeled and declared." The TSA posted the answer on its Instagram account:

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The TSA used the mummified head example as a way of promoting its @AskTSA service. You can send AskTSA a picture if you are unsure of whether or not you can bring something and they will get back to you. It can be found on Twitter at the account, @AskTSA.

You will probably never see the mummified Jeremy Bentham on a flight even though it is permitted. As Crave notes, the mummified head of the English philospher is kept on display at the University College of London in a climate-controlled storage. They wouldn't want it carried on a plane even if the TSA wouldn't mind.

Photo: TSA