Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017: TSA Environmental Initiatives

The mission of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is to protect the nation’s transportation systems, ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.  With this mission comes a responsibility to the communities and natural environment affected by our transportation security activities.

The TSA strategy for meeting these environmental responsibilities is to proactively manage and reduce the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of its operations through the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).  Within the framework of the EMS, Environmental Management Programs (EMPs) help TSA:

  • Improve operating efficiencies
  • Reduce energy use and costs
  • Divert waste from landfills
  • Integrate environmental considerations into decision-making processes 

TSA’s Electronics Stewardship EMP implements best management practices for considering the lifecycle of electronic purchases, including procurement, maintenance, and end-of-life management.  TSA purchases environmentally preferable electronics, including ENERGY STAR® qualified and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered computers and printers.  TSA donates old electronics to public school programs for reuse.  TSA donated 857 computers in the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2017 and 4,963 pieces of electronic equipment in FY 2016.  

TSA diverts waste from the waste stream by recycling:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic

The proper management of hazardous material Voluntarily Abandoned Property (VAP) also reduces TSA’s impact on the environment.  Items left behind at security checkpoints due to volume, contents, and/or prohibition by policy are collected by Transportation Security Officers as VAP.  Annually, approximately 1.5 million pounds of hazardous material VAP is properly managed through compliance with environmental and safety regulations to prevent hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. 

TSA incorporates environmental considerations throughout our decisions and actions to reduce our impact on the environment.  

This Earth Day, help support TSA’s environmental stewardship initiatives.  Do your part; follow the Liquids Rule and keep your liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes limited to 3.4 ounces or less per item. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

TSA 2-Weeks in Review: April 3rd - 16th -- 133 Firearms, Cane Swords & More

TSA discovered 133 firearms over the last 2-weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 133 firearms discovered, 118 were loaded and 48 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last 2-weeks. See a complete list below.
Cane Swords
Two cane swords were discovered this week at Charleston (CHS) and Laredo (LRD). All knives and swords are prohibited, and concealed blades can lead to fines and arrests. Please pack all knives and swords in checked bags.
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, BOI, ABQ, PVD, PHX, ABQ, HYS, BWI, LGA & COS

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. 

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.  

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video!  

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team