Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TSA Week in Review November 28th - December 4th: 75 Firearms Discovered in Carry-On Bags This Week (67 loaded)

TSA discovered 75 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 75 firearms discovered, 67 were loaded and 31 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Three were discovered in checked bags at Houston (IAH), Omaha (OMA) and Sioux Falls (FSD). One grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Milwaukee (MKE). We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. The grenades pictured (L-R) were discovered at IAH and OMA.
Clockwise from the top, the knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, IAH, CLE, SBA, BWI, TUL, SAN, BUR and BZN.


In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note. 

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

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.


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.

*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.

Read our 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TSA Week in Review November 21st - 27th - 42 Firearms, Blowtorch, Negan’s Bat and More


TSA discovered 42 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 42 firearms discovered, 33 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

This replica of Negan’s (The Walking Dead) “Lucille” bat was discovered in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL). The barbed wire is actually made from rubber and the blood is fake (we hope). However, baseball bats are prohibited from carry-on bags and must be packed in checked luggage.

This pen-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at San José (SJU). Which is mightier, the pen or the knife? Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.

These knives and a firearm were discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin (AUS).

This blowtorch was discovered in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL). The torch head is permitted, but the propane canister is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

This replica flashbang grenade (containing hot sauce) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kahului (OGG). Anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation.


Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered at: IWA, BWI, IAH, BWI, BWI, PHX and BWI

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note. 



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



You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.






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.



*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.



Read our 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.



Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!



Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team