Giant teddy bear abandoned at airport

Source: TSA

A giant teddy bear left behind at a Los Angles Airport is the work of a popular YouTube star, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

In a post on Instagram, TSA said, "this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a back story that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend."

The YouTube star was determined to get the bear on board the plane. 

TSA says the passenger actually bought a ticket for massive stuffed animal, but the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large. The airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage.

That didn't happen.

TSA says the traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind. 

"Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane," TSA stated in its original post.

TSA officials advise that it's a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as carry-ons.