Friday, March 27, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 44 Loaded Firearms, Smoke Grenade, a Belt Buckle Knife, and More

This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at HOU.
This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at HOU.
53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 44 were loaded and 24 had rounds chambered.
     
Live Smoke Grenade (LAS), Cologne Grenades (TPA & DEN), Firework Grenade (SFO)
Live Smoke Grenade (LAS), Cologne Grenades (TPA & DEN), Firework Grenade (SFO)
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft. 

  • Three replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were grenade-shaped cologne bottles discovered in carry-on bags at Denver (DEN) and Tampa (TPA). The third was a hot sauce container designed to look like a flash-bang grenade. It was discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • A grenade shaped homemade firework was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Francisco (SFO)
  • A live smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Las Vegas (LAS).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.
  • A four-inch belt buckle knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at New York Kennedy (JFK).
Belt Buckle Knife (JFK)

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items – In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.
 
Knife (JFK), Fireworks (BOI), Rifle/Torch Lighter (PBG), Spiked Kubotan and Mustachioed Pepper Spray (BUR)
Knife (JFK), Fireworks (BOI), Rifle/Torch Lighter (PBG), Spiked Kubotan and Mustachioed Pepper Spray (BUR)

All of these items were discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag at MCI: Ammunition, Knife, Tactical Spike, and Pepper Spray
All of these items were discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag at MCI: Ammunition, Knife, Tactical Spike, and Pepper Spray

Stun Guns - 18 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at Portland (PDX), two at Denver (DEN), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at San Francisco (SFO), and the remainder at Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Memphis (MEM), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Salt Lake City (SLC), and San Juan (SJU).

Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

 
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: IND, PHX, TYS, BNA, and AUS
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: IND, PHX, TYS, BNA, and AUS

Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at: CVG, LAS, SDF, and ATL
Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at: CVG, LAS, SDF, and ATL

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:MDW, OAJ, TPA, and PHF
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:MDW, OAJ, TPA, and PHF

Top - Bottom, firearms discovered at MEM, and ATL
Top - Bottom, firearms discovered at MEM, and ATL



53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 44 were loaded and 24 had rounds chambered.*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

TSA Pre✓® application program at 1 million and rising: Impact for those without a Known Traveler Number



TSA Precheck. Be there at your best. (Female hiker in mountains)
Earlier this week, TSA announced that over 1 million travelers have enrolled in the TSA Pre✓® application program, and more than 3.6 million travelers are eligible for TSA Pre✓® expedited screening by participating in one of three trusted traveler programs offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.  These travelers have received a “Known Traveler Number” and now have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes when flying on 11 participating carriers; members of CBP programs utilize their “PASSID” as their Known Traveler Number.

Additionally, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, are also eligible for TSA Pre✓®: they utilize their Department of Defense identification number as their KTN. 

What changes are on the horizon for travelers?

Have a KTN
If you are one of the individuals listed above, who has a KTN, you are all set for expedited screening. Just follow these helpful tips to ensure your KTN is listed in your reservation in order to utilize TSA Pre✓® at 133 airports nationwide.

Travelers without a KTN 

As more and more travelers obtain KTNs, soon, travelers without a Known Traveler Number or KTN, including those who previously “opted-in” via a frequent flyer program, will notice a reduction in the frequency in which they are chosen for TSA Pre✓®. If you want to keep receiving TSA Pre✓® on a consistent/reliable basis for the next five years, you are encouraged to enroll in one of the four trusted traveler programs offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:


To learn more about these programs, and to view a comparison chart of the benefits, visit www.dhs.gov/tt.

As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures both seen and unseen throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.  

Ross Feinstein, TSA Press Secretary
@TSAmedia_RossF  

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TSA Pre✓® Reaches Milestone With More Than 1 Million Travelers Enrolled



Female hiker in the mountains. "Be there at your best. TSAprecheck
The TSA Pre✓® application program has reached a new milestone with more than 1 million travelers enrolled! Now at more than 330 application centers nationwide, including locations at 31 airports, it is easier than ever to apply for expedited screening.

Operating since October 2011, TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience.

TSA Pre✓® travelers may:

  • Leave shoes on.
  • Wear light outerwear and a belt through the metal detector.
  • Leave their laptop in their carry-on bag.
  • Leave 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on bag.

TSAprecheck Logo
The TSA Pre✓® application program allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to directly apply for TSA Pre✓®. Once approved, travelers will receive a “Known Traveler Number” and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at 133 U.S. airports when flying on 11 participating carriers:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Virgin America


  • The $85 enrollment fee is good for five years. That’s $17 a year. So what are you waiting for? Apply now for TSA Pre✓®
  • Read the full press release for additional information.
  • For more information about other trusted traveler programs that offer TSA Pre✓® eligibility, visit dhs.gov/tt.
  • Read this post if you already have a known traveler number (KTN) but are not receiving TSA Pre✓®.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 41 Loaded Firearms, Lipstick Stun Gun, Hatchet & More!



Loaded firearm discovered at LAX
Loaded firearm discovered at LAX
45 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 45 firearms, 41 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
       
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

  • A folding credit card knife was discovered concealed in a cardboard instant coffee container in a carry-on bag at Bishop International (FNT).
  • A lipstick stun gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago Midway (MDW).

Lipstick Stun Gun (MDW) & Concealed Credit Card Knife (FNT)
Lipstick Stun Gun (MDW) & Concealed Credit Card Knife (FNT)
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Clockwise from top left, items discovered at: LGA, JFK, HOU, ORD, SFO, MEM, PHL and AUS
Clockwise from top left, items discovered at: LGA, JFK, HOU, ORD, SFO, MEM, PHL and AUS
Roman Candle (ALB), Monkey Fist & Cat Knuckles (MDW)
Roman Candle (ALB), Monkey Fist & Cat Knuckles (MDW)
Stun Guns - 20 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Jacksonville (JAX), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Chicago Midway (MDW), Denver (DEN), Gulfport (GPT), Las Vegas (LAS), Minneapolis (MSP), Quad City (MLI), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington Dulles (IAD).
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at HTS.
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at HTS.
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.
  
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: PHX, LAX, BNA, PHX, CMH, OMA & TUL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: PHX, LAX, BNA, PHX, CMH, OMA & TUL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, SAT & MDW
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, SAT & MDW
45 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 45 firearms, 41 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates. 

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. 

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items. 

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.  

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram! 

Bob Burns

TSA Blog Team 

If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.