Friday, October 26, 2012

TSA Week in Review: 42 Firearms Discovered This Week at TSA Checkpoints (38 Loaded)


Loaded Gun
Loaded 9mm Discovered at LEX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42 Firearms – 42 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints. 38 of the 42 were loaded and 12 firearms actually had a round in the chamber. See below for a complete list and photos of some of the firearms.

 

Throwing Star – A throwing star was discovered via a pat down when an Atlantic City (ACY)  passenger going through a body scanner alarmed.

 

Throwing Star
Throwing Star Discovered With Body Scanner at ACY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loaded Gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concealed Firearm – An unloaded .38 caliber was detected at Indianapolis (IND) concealed in the lining of the bag.

 

Syringe
Syringe That Stuck Officer in TUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSA Officer Stuck With Syringe – An Officer at Tucson (TUS) was stuck by a syringe while searching a bag. This is one of the reasons our officers ask if you have anything sharp or dangerous in your bags before they search them. For the safety of our Officers, please be sure to be mindful of any sharp or dangerous items in your bags. 

 

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Inert Grenades Etc. – We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane.  Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Replica grenades were discovered in two separate golf bags at Charleston (CHS) after they both alarmed in checked baggage.
  • Two replica grenades were discovered at Richmond (RIC).
  • A grenade lighter was discovered in a carry-on bag at Seattle (SEA).
  • High Explosives? Pun intended. You see, not only was a novelty grenade discovered at Denver (DEN), it was a novelty grenade with a green leafy substance contained within. We’re not looking for drugs, but you can guarantee the odds are in our favor of finding them if they’re stuffed in a grenade.

What Not to Say at an Airport – Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience many other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • After his request to have his checked bags removed from the aircraft was denied, a passenger became upset and stated that “the airline did not know if he had a bomb in his bag.”
  • A passenger at Las Vegas (LAS) became upset while his son’s bag was being searched and stated: “There is a bomb in there.”
  • A Federal Air Marshal overheard a passenger at Washington Reagan (DCA) telling another passenger to watch his bag because it had a bomb in it.
  • A passenger overheard another passenger at Denver (DEN) state: “I hope you are not on the plane leaving at Gate A-37, it’s going to go off with a blast.”

Stun Guns –  Nine stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation: Two at Denver (DEN), Burbank (BUR), Dothan (DHN), Las Vegas (LAS), San Antonio (SAT), Jacksonville (JAX), Seattle (SEA), and Los Angeles (LAX)

Throwing Star















Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few…

Firearms - Here are pictures of some of the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. See a complete list below. 

Loaded Guns
Loaded Guns
Loaded Guns
Loaded Guns
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42 guns found at checkpoints this week.









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 throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. 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.











 
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Friday, October 19, 2012

TSA Week in Review: 15 Tubes of Black Powder Discovered at Denver



Black Powder Discovered at Denver – 15 tubes of black powder totaling around eight ounces were discovered after a checked bag alarmed for explosives at Denver (DEN).




















Black Powder Discovered at Denver – 15 tubes of black powder totaling around eight ounces were discovered after a checked bag alarmed for explosives at Denver (DEN).

Inert Grenades Etc. – We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane.  Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • An inert fuse igniter was discovered at Denver (DEN).
 
An inert fuse igniter was discovered at Denver (DEN). 











Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to check your bags prior to traveling. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • After going through a bag that alarmed in Columbus (CMH), an officer found a hairbrush with a 4 inch dagger attached to the handle concealed behind the lining of the bag. 
After going through a bag that alarmed in Columbus (CMH), an officer found a hairbrush with a 4 inch dagger attached to the handle concealed behind the lining of the bag










What Not to Say at an Airport – Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience many other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • A passenger at Anchorage (ANC) stated that he had a bomb in his checked bag. Because the claim had to be investigated by law enforcement, the bag was pulled and the airport was closed for two hours and 20 minutes.  The claim turned out to be false, and the passengers on the flight were delayed in taking off.

Stun Guns –  Two stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation: Salt Lake City (SLC), Newark (EWR)

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few…

Firearms - Here are pictures of some of the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. See a complete list below. 

Loaded guns.
Loaded guns.
Loaded guns.
Loaded guns.
Loaded guns.

















































































30 guns discovered at TSA checkpoints last week.
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 throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. 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.



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Friday, October 12, 2012

TSA Week in Review: 39 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Baggage This Week


39 Firearms Discovered – A total of 39 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Take a look at the photos and spreadsheet at the bottom of this post.


Loaded guns.  


















Opposite Day? – It’s almost as if two separate passengers at New York Kennedy (JFK) and Tampa (TPA) read the prohibited items list backwards. The passengers had the following items in their carry-on bags:

  • JFK – A variety of firecrackers, brass knuckles, a large knife, and while we were in the bag, we saw his baggie of marijuana. We’re not looking for drugs, but when we find them, we notify law enforcement. 

  • TPA – A knife, a fully loaded magazine, a kubaton with a spike attachment, and a stun gun designed to appear as a smartphone.


Knives, Fireworks, Brass Knuckles, Ammunition, Stun Gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inert Grenades Etc. – We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane.  Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.


  • Two inert training mortar fuses were detected in the carry-on bag of a passenger at Richmond ( RIC), Virginia.
  • A replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA), Florida.


Grenade and warheads.


























Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to check your bags prior to traveling. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A walking cane with a knife inside was detected at LaGuardia (LGA).

What Not to Say at an Airport – Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience many other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • During screening at Rochester (ROC), a passenger told our officers that he had a firearm in his carry-on bag. No gun was discovered. Bad joke.

Stun guns.













Stun Guns –  Nine stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation. Two of which at Tampa (TPA) and Newark (EWR) were disguised to appear as smart phones. Others were discovered at LaGuardia (LGA), Washington Dulles (IAD) , Oklahoma City (OKC), 2 at Denver (DEN), Atlanta (ATL), and Jacksonville (JAX).

Knives and fireworks.




















Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few…

Firearms - Here are pictures of some of the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. See a complete list below. 

Loaded guns.


Loaded guns.
Loaded guns.













39 guns discovered at TSA checkpoints last week.










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 throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. 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.












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