Friday, July 31, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 62 Firearms, 12 Cans of Bear Mace and More


Loaded Firearm
62 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 62 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. The firearm above was discovered in a carry-on bag at ATL.

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.
 
Grenades
Three inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in checked bags at Nashville (BNA) and Milwaukee (MKE) (Pictured) and one was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas (DAL). A spent smoke grenade (Pictured) was discovered in a checked bag at Newark (EWR).
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.
Bear Mace
Twelve cans of bear mace were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Eight were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), two at Billings (BIL) and the remainder at Oakland (OAK) and Seattle (SEA). Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellents exceed these limitations.
Camping fuel.
Four canisters of propane were discovered in carry-on bags in two separate incidents at Anchorage (ANC) this week. Propane is prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.
Knives and throwing stars.
Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: DAL, PHX, TVC, SJC, ONT, PHX, DAL, DEN, RDU, BUF, BZN and ATL
Stun Guns - 26 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at  Chattanooga (CHA), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Sacramento (SMF), two at Salt Lake City (SLC), and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Charleston (CHS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Killeen (GRK), Memphis (MEM), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), Oakland (OAK), Phoenix (PHX),  Portland (PDX), Reno (RNO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Tallahassee (TLH). 
Loaded firearms.
Clockwise from the top left, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, UNV, ATL, BNA, LIT and SMF
Loaded firearms.
Clockwise from the top left, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: SBN, IAH, PIT, TPA, MEM and JAN
Loaded firearms.
Top to bottom these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: SAT, SAT and SNA

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.

*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 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 38 Loaded Firearms, Hatchets, Flares, Tomahawk, Propane Tanks and More


Loaded Firearm.
41 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 41 firearms discovered, 38 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry on bag at HOU.
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.

Inert Grenades
Five inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked bags. Clockwise from top left, the grenades we discovered at: Gulfport (GPT), Glacier Park (FCA), Las Vegas (LAS), Spokane (GEG) and Guam (GUM).
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that is 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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers
Cane Sword
A cane sword was discovered at LaGuardia (LGA).
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.
Items discovered in traveler's bag at BWI.
A traveler at Baltimore (BWI) had the following items in his carry-on bag: two smoke bombs, 12 bottle rockets, three paracord cutters, four knives, a hatchet, a folding saw and a credit card knife.
Propane Tanks
Two propane tanks (13.1 and 8 ounce) were discovered this week in separate incidents at San Diego (SAN). Propane is prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.
Boating Flares
A traveler at Albany (ALB) packed four boating flares in his carry-on bag. Flares are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.
A jawbone tomahawk and an inert pineapple grenade.
A jawbone tomahawk and an inert pineapple grenade were discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). The grenade is also pictured above with other grenades.
Fireworks
Fireworks discovered this week in checked bags. L-R - Items discovered at Baltimore (BWI), LaGuardia (LGA) and Omaha (OMA).
Knives, throwing stars, and a hatchet.
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: EWR, BDL, BDL, BOI, JAX, IAH, AZO, SFO, SNA, DEN, JAX, PNS, PHL, PHX, ORD, ORD and OAK.
Stun Guns - 24 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week around the nation. Four were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Eugene (EUG), two at Memphis (MEM) and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Cleveland (CLE), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Huntsville (HSV), Manchester (MHT), Ontario (ONT), Orange County (SNA), Portland (PDX), Rafael Hernandez (BQN), Rochester (ROC), Salt Lake City (SLC) and San Francisco (SFO).

Ammunition
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. The ammo pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at IAH.
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ANC, LAS, IAH, ATL and TYS.

Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: CVG, ATL, SFO, RSW and PDX.





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.

*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 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 48 Firearms, 27 Stun Guns, Batarangs and More

Loaded firearm.
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF). 
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. 

Inert and replica grenades.
Three inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt Lake City (SLC), and one was discovered in a checked bag at Charleston (CHS). L-R, the grenades pictured above were discovered at ATL, SLC and CHS.
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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers. 

An artfully concealed cane knife was discovered at Bradley (BDL).
An artfully concealed cane knife was discovered at Bradley (BDL).
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. 

Counterclockwise from top, the items pictured above were discovered at BDL, DEN, IWA, RIC, MCI, BUF, SLC, LAX, IAH, SMF and SFO.
Stun Guns - 27 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Four were discovered at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), three at Las Vegas (LAS), two at San Francisco (SFO), and the remainder were discovered at College Station (CLL), Columbus (CMH), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Fayetteville (FAY), Jackson (JAN), Kahului (OGG), Little Rock (LIT), Medford (MFR), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA), Newark (EWR), Orange County (SNA), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Punta Gorda (PGD), Sacramento (SMF), and St. Louis (STL). 

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.



Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, the firearms pictured above were discovered in carry-on bags at CVG, SGF, HOU, ANC and ATL.
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, the firearms pictured above were discovered in carry-on bags at PBI, ATL, ATL, BNA and FLL.
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.
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.

*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 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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

Friday, July 10, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 63 Firearms, a Cannon Ball and More

“Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report reflects the last eight days (7/2 - 7/9).”
 

Loaded firearm.
63 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 63 firearms discovered, 47 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at ATL.
Lopping shears, a sling shot, a carving knife, a hatchet, a limb saw and a machete.
A Columbia (CAE) traveler had the following items in his carry-on bag: Lopping shears, a sling shot, a carving knife, a hatchet, a limb saw and a machete.
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.

  • An inert cannonball was discovered in a checked bag at Lexington (LEX).
  • Six inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Five were discovered in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Jacksonville (JAX), Los Angeles (LAX) and Santa Fe (SAF). An inert/replica grenade was also discovered in a checked bag at Santa Fe (SAF).



Inert/Novelty/Replica Grenades
L-R: Inert Grenade (SAF), Replica Flash Bang Hot Sauce Grenade (BWI), Novelty Grenade (JAX), Cannonball (LEX)
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 is an from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by officers.

Concealed knives.
L-R: Belt Buckle Knife (ORF), Comb Knife (MCI)
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.

Bladed objects.
Counterclockwise, items discovered at: PHX, LGA, CHS, SAN, SAT, AUS, ANC, DAL, MDW, GRR and CLE
Fireworks
Fireworks were discovered this week at: BOI, DAL, ICT, OGG, RNO, SAN and MDW
Stun Guns - 29 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags around the nation this week. Five were discovered at Phoenix (PHX), four at Dallas Love (DAL), three at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Norfolk (ORF), two at San Francisco (SFO), and the remainder were discovered at Atlantic City (ACY), Charleston (CHS), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Kansas City (MCI), Lafayette (LFT), Minneapolis (MSP), Nashville (BNA), Newark (EWR), Portland (PDX), Raleigh Durham (RDU), Roanoke (ROA) and San Diego (SAN).

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.

Loaded firearms.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-onbags at: ATL, TYS, BQN, MIA, LAS, PGS and COD

63 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 63 firearms discovered, 47 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered.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.

*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 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 37 Firearms, Fireworks, Live Smoke Grenade, and More

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report is being posted on Thursday vs. Friday and only reflects the last six days (6/26 - 7/1).

Loaded firearm disovered at BNA.
37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at (BNA).
Live Smoke Grenade
This live M18 smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Madison (MSN).
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.

  • Seven inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked baggage at Albuquerque (ABQ), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston (IAH), Little Rock (LIT), Kansas City (MCI), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and Salt lake City (SLC). The inert grenade at MCI resulted in a 23 minute evacuation of the checked baggage area as well as Terminal B.

Inert/Replica Grenades
L-R: Inert/Replica Grenades Discovered At (IAH), (ORD), and (LIT).
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 belt buckle knife was discovered at Rapid City (RAP).
  • A knife was discovered inside of a book and under the lining of a carry-on bag at Minot (MOT).

Belt Buckle Knife
Belt Buckle Knife Discovered At (RAP).

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.

Knives
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: DAL, HNL, BOI, BWI, LGA, BDL, and SNA

Fireworks
These are all fireworks that were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked bags. Clockwise from the top left photo, the fireworks were discovered at: HNL, BWI, CLE, and MQT
Camping fuel.
This camping fuel was discovered in a checked bag at (PDX).

Stun Guns - 24 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints around the nation. Three were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Jacksonville (JAX), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Austin (AUS), Burbank (BUR), Charleston (CHS), Dallas Fort/Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Minneapolis (MSP), Monroe (MLU), New Orleans (MSY), Newark (EWR), Oakland (OAK), Pensacola (PNS), Phoenix (PHX), Seattle (SEA), Spokane (GEG), and St. Louis (STL).

Ammo
When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag. This ammo was discovered in carry-on bag at (MEM).
Loaded firearms.
Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: CLE, STL, PIT, ATL, and HOU
37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered.
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.

*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 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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