Saturday, September 24, 2016

TSA Week in Review September 16th - 22nd

Discovered firearms
TSA discovered 68 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.
Discovered smoke grenades and flares
Live smoke grenades and parachute flares were discovered in a checked bag at Detroit (DTW).
Discovered inert grenades
Three inert/replica grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Jacksonville (JAX), Phoenix (PHX) and Grand Rapids (GRR).
Discovered sword canes
Two cane swords were discovered this week in traveler’s carry-on property at New York Kennedy (JFK) and Dallas (DAL).
Discovered a throwing knife on a necklace chain
Officers at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) discovered a throwing knife on a chain around a passenger’s neck during a pat-down after he opted out of body scanner screening.
Discovered knives and throwing stars
Clockwise from the top, the weapons pictured above were discovered at DTW, SNA, OAK, LAS, SFO, IAH and PHX.


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.

Firearms spreadsheet
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