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Your TSA Confiscated Items Might Be for Sale…and Where to Buy Them Back

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Ever wondered what happens to the items the TSA confiscates? Apparently some of them of them end up on auction. Check out the Confiscated/Forfeited/Personal Property category on GovDeals.

Get 25 corkscrews for $50 (just don’t try to take them through airport security). Want one safe from TSA inspection, check out my recommendations.

Photo: GovDeals.com

Lots of knife bundles, and if you’re located near Anchorage, you can take a shot at 25 pounds worth of knives, corkscrews, and other assorted instruments.

Photo: GovDeals.com

To be clear, it’s not the TSA selling or profiting from your items. “Voluntary Abandoned Property” is turned over to state agencies who do or donated to approved non-profits.

While it’s interesting to see the random things available for sale, overall I find the site rather depressing, wondering how many of the bigger items came through civil forfeiture from innocent folks. The state can seize your property on the grounds it *might* have been related to criminal activity, without ever charging you with a crime. The cost of suing to get it back is usually prohibitive 🙁

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3 Comments

  1. mike murphy

    September 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    too bad they don’t provide ( at cost) prepaid mailers for items persons don’t want to give up.

  2. James

    September 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Wonder what happened to guns and drugs found by tsa….

  3. Bruce Kane

    Bruce Kane

    September 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    There was nothing “voluntary” about those knives being in the TSA’s possession.

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