Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Security staff begin checking books at USA airports

Security staff begin checking books at USA airports

TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said the lobster was found in a passenger's carry-on luggage on Sunday at Terminal C of the airport.

TSA agents have a long list of odd things that they have found in luggage over the years, but now something very unique came along at Boston's Logan International Airport: a 20 lbs. live lobster.

McCarthy confirmed that although the creature didn't slide through security like a side of warm butter, he "cooperated quite nicely with the screening process" nonetheless.

Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm after security officials at some airports have been inspecting passengers' books and other paper materials.

A 20-pound lobster alive, found in a suitcase, being loaded onto a Jetblue flight. "It's actually fairly common in the New England region", McCarthy wrote in an email to The Globe.

The accompanying photo showed a smiling TSA employee holding a lobster that was five to six times the size of a normal full grown member of that crustacean family.

Mr McCarthy thought this might be the largest lobster the TSA had screened, ...

The TSA now employs several thousand "Behavior Detection Officers", looking for passengers demonstrating "excessive fear or stress" and subjecting them to additional screening.

The Transportation Security Administration has recently been testing new screening procedures that include the removal of books and food from carry-on luggage for thorough inspection, according to reports.

The seafood market owner said she understands the TSA has a job to keep travelers safe, but doesn't understand why a picture needed to be taken. "Just check with your airline first for packing guidelines".

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