Friday, January 30, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 37 Loaded Firearms, Sword Canes, and More


Firearm discovered in carry-on bag at RSW.
Firearm discovered in carry-on bag at RSW.

40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 37 were loaded and 11 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 examples from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.

  • A New York (JFK) passenger was arrested after one kilo of cocaine was discovered concealed inside a stereo amplifier in his carry-on bag.
  • Two sword canes were discovered this week at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP).
  • A comb knife was detected in a carry-on bag at Richmond (RIC).
From the top: Comb Knife (RIC), Sword Cane (RDU), Sword Cane (MSP)
From the top: Comb Knife (RIC), Sword Cane (RDU), Sword Cane (MSP)

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 discovered 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. Read here on why inert items cause problems. 
  • Two inert/novelty grenades were discovered at Eagle County (EGE) and San Jose (SJC). 

Inert Grenade (SJC), Monster With Inert Grenade (EGE)
Inert Grenade (SJC), Monster With Inert Grenade (EGE)
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.
 
Misc. Items Discovered in Carry-on Bags: Bullets & Knife (JAX), Road Flares (SJC), Punching Tool (LAS), Butane (SDF)
Misc. Items Discovered in Carry-on Bags: Bullets & Knife (JAX), Road Flares (SJC), Punching Tool (LAS), Butane (SDF)
Stun Guns - Ten stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the remainder were discovered at Chicago Midway (MDW), Houston International (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Nashville (BNA), Oakland (OAK), Orange County (SNA), Phoenix (PHX), and Sacramento (SMF).

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: TUL, HOU, ATL, BNA, GSP & ATL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at:PIT, BFL, BNA, ORF, AUS & FAY
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: PIT, BFL, BNA, ORF, AUS & FAY
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, SAT, FLL & RDU
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, SAT, FLL & RDU
40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 37 were loaded and 11 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 & 2013. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

TSA Super Bowl XLIX Travel Tips



https://skyharbor.com/pressreleases/2015SuperbowlTravelTips.html
It’s come down to the Patriots and the Seahawks battling it out on the gridiron for the title of Super Bowl Champions! While most watch the game on TV, many are fortunate enough to go to the actual game. So, if you’re traveling to Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX, this post is for you!

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) ranked as the 15th busiest airport for passengers screened in 2014. On an average weekday, TSA screens 40,000 travelers through the PHX security checkpoint lanes, and 80,000 are expected to travel through PHX the day after the Super Bowl. In addition to the Super Bowl, a major PGA golf tournament will wrap up on Sunday, so there will be an influx of golf and football fans flying out on Monday. To ensure a smooth flow through the checkpoint, TSA is deploying 90 additional screening officers and increasing the number of checkpoint lanes.

Items you can’t bring on the plane… (Take a look at our “Can I Bring My…” tool and permitted/prohibited items list for more info.)
  • Air horns: Air horns are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s a compressed can of air, which is prohibited. Imagine the reaction from passengers if one of those things went off in the cabin?
  • Concealment flasks: We’ve seen them all: binocular flasks, beer bellies, cell phone flasks, cane flasks, pen flasks, flip-flop flasks, you name it… You may be able to sneak these into concerts and sporting events, but we’ll detect them at the airport. Please purchase your drinks in Phoenix if you’re not going to check them in your baggage. You can, however, have liquids in bottles 3.4 ounces or smaller, placed in a quart-size plastic bag, per liquids guidelines. Read here for information on traveling with alcohol.
  • Propane tanks: Propane tanks contain a compressed flammable gas that can’t be brought on the plane in carry-on or checked baggage.
  • Gas heaters and stoves: These are popular items at tailgating events, but if there are traces of gasoline, the item won’t be permitted. For propane powered items, see above.
  • Food Items: Here is a list of items that should be placed in your checked bags instead of your carry-on bags to comply with our liquids guidelines: creamy dips and spreads, BBQ sauce, cheeses, peanut butter, salsa, jams, salad dressings, jellies, maple syrup, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.
Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operations will be held at several transportation locations in and around the Phoenix area and will serve to detect and deter suspicious activity that may pose as a threat to the traveling public. Watch this video to learn more about the many moving parts of a VIPR operation. 

Fans are encouraged to report potentially dangerous situations to law enforcement or someone in authority. The Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign reminds us that security is a shared responsibility. “If You See Something, Say Something™” used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

In addition to our tips, be sure to read some helpful information from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: PhoenixSky Harbor to Welcome Record Number of Super Bowl XLIX Visitors AirportOffering Travel Tips.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 33 Loaded Firearms & Strange Vials


http://blog.tsa.gov/2015/01/tsa-2014-year-in-review.html
Some of the 2,212 firearms discovered in 2014
Year in Review - Our 2014 Year in Review blog post was published this morning. A record breaking 2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags in 2014. Be sure to check it out for a rundown of all the notable items our officers discovered in 2014.

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at ORF.
42 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 42 firearms, 33 were loaded and 15 had rounds chambered.
  
Strange Vials - After a checked bag alarmed at Long Island MacArthur (ISP), a search four vials labeled West Nile, Swine Flu, Small Pox and Chicken Pox. The bottles were sent to a laboratory for further testing. The passenger stated she was a doctor/holistic healer, and the vials were watered down versions of the viruses.

Knife concealed in an Eiffel Tower replica
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  examples from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.

  • An 8-inch double-edged knife was detected concealed in a replica statue of the Eifel Tower in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK).
  • A cane sword was discovered in a passenger’s accessible property at Orlando (MCO).
  • A stun cane was discovered in a passenger’s accessible property at San Diego (SAN). Marijuana was discovered in the false bottom of an aerosol can in a carry-on bag at Buffalo (BUF).

Stun Cane (TPA) - Sword Cane (MCO)
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.

Arrows (PHX), Throwing Knife (PVD), Bullet Knife(EWR), Flare Gun (SAN)
Stun Guns – 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), three more at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Phoenix (PHX), Reno (RNO), Sacramento (SMF) and Tampa (TPA).


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 corner, firearms discovered at: ATL, ATL, IAH, MIA, ATL, LBB
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered at:SNA, TPA, PWM, PGD


42 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 42 firearms, 33 were loaded and 15 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 & 2013. 

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!


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