The man behind TSA's wildly popular and bizarre Instagram account unexpectedly dies at 48
“His dad humor, of course, was special, and resonated with hundreds of thousands of followers,” Michael Bilello, assistant TSA administrator wrote on the agency’s site in confirming Burns’ death Saturday. “His Top 10 … ridiculous items found at the checkpoint reminded everyone that commonsense isn’t evenly distributed.”
He generated a large and loyal following online for the agency, which oversees arguably one of the more stressful parts of air travel: security checkpoints.
Burns told this reporter in 2016 that he didn’t post photos of every item TSA has confiscated because many were too graphic or inappropriate. Severed bear paws and a sex toy didn’t make the cut for Instagram, he said.