Man behind TSA's popular Instagram account dies at 48

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(WTHR) – The man behind TSA's Instagram account, that is popular for showcasing the odd findings at security checkpoints across the county, has died unexpectedly.

Curtis Burns, also known as "Blogger Bob", died after a sudden illness, according to his obituary in the Dayton Daily News.

Burns had been hospitalized with a bacterial infection, friends on social media said, according to the CityBeat newspaper in Cincinnati.

Burns turned the TSA's Instagram account, which he started in 2013, into a social media sensation with more than 950,000 followers. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth best Instagram account, above Beyonce and NASA.

Burns, father of two daughters, died Friday at the age of 48.

Here are just some of the crazy and unusual things Burns documented on TSA's Instagram:

Agent Neville Flynn would be extremely proud of our officers at the Miami International Airport (MIA). You see, Agent Flynn has HAD IT with snakes on planes, and our officers prevented a young Ball Python from flying the friendly skies this past Sunday. ... A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle the snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories! … While the python itself posed no danger to anyone on the aircraft, an organic item concealed inside electronics raises security concerns, which is why our officers took a closer look. … The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ( @USFWS ) was notified. They responded and took possession of the snake and cited the traveler. Both the traveler and the snake missed their flight. … Conversationally, this python had not gone full monty. It was wearing a nylon stocking. … #SnakesOnPlane #SnakesAlmostOnAPlane #MIA #BGI #Miami #Barbados

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There was a rare sighting last week of an inflatable pink flamingo at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It’s a delicate situation when a flamingo leaves its natural habitat in the suburbs. They’re out of their element in the airport environment and as seen in this video, our officers must screen them with the utmost care or they’ll startle and burst in a moment’s notice. … This particular flamingo was not traveling. It was on its way to work at a display in one of the concourses. If you are by chance traveling with an inflatable flamingo (or any other type of inflatable item) for spring break, let us help you get a leg up with this bit of advice. It’s best to deflate your floatie prior to going through screening. … Thanks to @dfwairport for capturing this rare event and allowing us to share.

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