CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports the account shares funny, educational posts about what travelers can and cannot bring onto planes.
The TSA is not an agency people typically praise. Most fliers try to spend as little time at one of these checkpoints as possible. But that’s not the case when it comes to social media.
In fact, if you aren’t already following the TSA on Instagram, there’s reason to think you’re missing out.
From post-apocalyptic, fully loaded gas masks to Batarangs, guns and propane tanks, the TSA has seen it all. A dead body, which actually is a movie prop, was screened in Atlanta. And yes, it was cleared to fly.
“That’s the thing I love about this job,” Bob Burns said. “You never know what you are going to see.”
Burns, or Blogger Bob as he’s known, runs the TSA’s Instagram account from his home office outside Cincinnati, Ohio. His endearing combination of weird items and corny captions earned him two Webby Award nominations, 750,000 followers and the No. 4 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of must-follows — ahead of Beyoncé.
Burns says he’s always on the hunt for the bizarre, the educational, or when all else fails, a super cute dog.
“The purpose of the Instagram account is to kind of show people all the things we’re finding nationwide and educate people on what you can and can’t bring,” he said.
For example, if you’re in a pinch about , Burns has you covered.
But if cringe-worthy puns aren’t your thing, the TSA is also on…