'Salmonella everywhere': Disgusting find on airport carousel

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A pile of of raw meat is probably the last thing you would expect to see while picking up your luggage at the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration in the US recently shared a video of raw chicken going around the baggage claim carousel, and decided to use the bizarre footage to educate people on transporting poultry.

In the video, the raw chicken is seen going around the carousel, in a neat pile between all the other luggage.

"I have so many questions," someone said in the comments.

A pile of raw chicken was seen going around the baggage collection carousel. Source: TSA/Instagram
A pile of raw chicken was seen going around the baggage collection carousel. Source: TSA/Instagram

However, the TSA did offer an explanation as to how this came to be.

"There is a personal fowl on the carousel…" TSA wrote on Instagram.

"Can chickens fly? Well… assuredly no poultry is flying like this. We hear at one time these wings and thighs were cooped up in a cooler. Somewhere between baggage and the carousel they became free range.

The TSA explains on its website meat, seafood and other "non-liquid food items" are allowed in carry-on and checked luggage.

"Don’t wing your travel packing. In order to keep from ruffling any feathers meat should be properly packaged. Ice or dry ice is permitted to keep the flock chilled," the TSA said.

However, ice must be completely frozen while luggage is going through the screening, if it's melted or partially melted, it won't be permitted.

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The TSA finished up their post with a few more puns, telling people to reach out to the "hens and roosters" at AskTSA if they have any questions.

"They’ll take your raw travel questions and cook out an egg-cellent answer," the caption said.

In a statement to Newsweek, a TSA spokesperson said their best guess was that the "owner" of the chicken in the video didn't foresee the possibility of the lid coming off the cooler and didn't tape it"securely enough".

While some marvelled at the impressive number of puns the TSA managed to squeeze into the caption of the video, others were disturbed at the sight of raw chicken on the conveyer belt.

"I see salmonella everywhere,"one person said in the comments, adding that they feel bad for the maintenance and cleaning staff at the airport.

"Enough to convert me to veganism," another person said.

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