Syracuse Hancock International Airport makes TSA’s Top 10 list of good catches in 2020

Local Press Release
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A dead baby shark floats inside a jar containing liquid chemical substance. (TSA photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Syracuse Hancock International Airport made it into the Transportation Security Administration’s list of Top 10 List of most unusual good catches at checkpoints in 2020. TSA released the list in an on-line video it posted on the agency’s YouTube page.

What was the item from the airport that ranked as #6 on the Top 10 list? Read on . . .

A traveler showed up at the Syracuse Hancock International checkpoint in the fall with a dead baby shark inside a jar of liquid. It was determined that the liquid was not water and instead the baby shark was floating in a liquid chemical preservative. The chemical was deemed to be considered a hazardous material and as such, was not permitted to be carried through the checkpoint.

However, it is important to know that if someone wants to carry a live fish with them on their flight, they are permitted to do so if the fish is swimming in water. The liquid will need to undergo separate screening by a TSA officer before it is allowed to be carried through the checkpoint.

For more information on what you can and cannot bring on an airplane, visit