Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TSA Fourth of July Travel Tips: 2016


Fireworks and firecrackers are explosive and flammable, so in an effort to keep the skies safe, fireworks are prohibited from being transported in both carry-on and checked bags. TSA is responsible for enforcing this FAA rule by intercepting these items during screening.

It’s important that you leave your fireworks at home. They will not be permitted on commercial aircraft. This includes aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, firecrackers, flying spinners, chasers, fountains, bottle rockets, ground spinners, parachute fireworks, poppers, snaps, skyrockets, missiles, roman candles, smoke fireworks, snakes, strobes, sparklers, wheels, you name it…

Be sure to read our summer travel tips for additional information on proper forms of ID, traveling with camping equipment, razors, pets and more. Have a great holiday, and stay safe!

If you have any TSA related travel questions, please send a tweet to our @AskTSA team. They’re available to answer your questions, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m., Eastern Time, weekdays; 9 a.m. -7 p.m., weekends/holidays. Travelers may also reach out to the TSA Contact Center. The Contact Center (TCC) hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Eastern Time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Eastern Time. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673. Passengers can also reach out to the TSA Contact Center with questions about TSA procedures, upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice concerns. 

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Friday, June 24, 2016

TSA Week in Review: June 17th - 23rd - Sixty-three Firearms and More

Sixty-three firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 53 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
A pocket knife, meat mallet, mountain climbing pick and two throwing knives were all detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Austin (AUS).
As the 4th of July gets closer, please remember that fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags. These sparklers were discovered in a carry-on bag at Baltimore (BWI).
If you’ve ever wondered why e-cigarettes with lithium-ion batteries are prohibited in checked bags, here’s an example of what can happen. Last Friday at Albuquerque (ABQ), an electronic cigarette with a lithium-ion battery exploded next to an aerosol canister in a checked bag and burst into flames. TSA officers put out the fire with no injuries. Read our blog post on traveling with E-cigarettes.

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 board the aircraft. An inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Anchorage (ANC).
L-R, these items were discovered at ABQ, DEN, IAH, PHX, CHS and IAH


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.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team