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Shocking images of weapons seized at US airports show phones with blades, lipstick knives, ninja stars and grenades

Shocking pictures released by US airport security chiefs of the banned weapons seized at US airports over the past few months show phones with blades, lipstick knives, ninja stars, batarangs and grenades.

A modified bladed iPhone case found at Boston International Airport. Credit: TSA

As security measures were ramped up to include checks on electronic devices for flights going into America, the US Transportation Security Administration's Instagram page has been documenting the concealed arms found in passenger luggage and at airports.

A ninja star, shuriken or Japanese throwing star, found at Dallas International Airpor Credit: TSA

A large stash of fireworks, found in cabin baggage, was seized last month, while two daggers were found to be hidden as a pair of unsuspecting combs.

The TSA says that roughly 40 guns are confiscated at transport checkpoints each week, according Wired.

The batarang, a weapon used by the fictional character Batman, discovered in a carry-on bag at the Newark Liberty International Airport Credit: TSA

We’re just using a new mechanism to reach an audience with Instagram.

We’re not trying to make a statement that people are trying to do anything nefarious with these items. We’re just trying to alert people that these are still prohibited items.

– TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein.
This inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Seattle Airport. Credit: TSA
A loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Austin - Bergstrom airport in Texas. Credit: TSA
This bullet and gun knife were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Yuma International Airport/ Credit: TSA
This key knife was discovered at the Burlington International Airport. Credit: TSA
Novelty items like this costume watch caused alarm at Oakland International Airport. Credit: TSA
A lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Antonio Texas. Credit: TSA
A mace found at Midway International Airport. Credit: TSA
This samurai sword was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Boston Logan International Airport Credit: TSA
These comb-daggers were discovered in carry-on bags at the Boston Logan and Lambert - St Louis airports. Credit: TSA