Friday, December 21, 2012

TSA Week in Review: Speargun, Grenades, and Guns Among Things Discovered at TSA Checkpoints This Week



Speargun: A speargun equipped with one spear was discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (IAH).











Inert Ordnance and 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.

  • Three inert grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP), Atlanta (ATL), and Norfolk (ORF). 


















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 multi-tool with a knife blade was detected concealed in a lead-lined film bag at Rochester (ROC).

Stun Guns –  Eleven stun guns were discovered this week in a carry-on bags around the nation: Atlanta (ATL), Denver (DEN), Fayetteville (FAY), Jacksonville (JAX), Milwaukee (MKE), Minneapolis (MSP), Minot (MOT), New York Kennedy (JFK), Reagan Washington National (DCA), San Diego (SAN) , San Francisco (SFO)



Body Scanner Finds This Week: A magazine loaded with five .17 HMR rounds was discovered in the pants pocket of a passenger at Bismarck (BIS). Also, a knife with a 3 ¼” blade was discovered in the pants pocket of a passenger at Montgomery (MGM).























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… 

Shotgun Shell Shaped Lights
Shotgun Shell Christmas Lights - EWR



















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.  

Guns
Loaded Guns
Loaded Guns























34 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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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

And how many of the passengers were arrested? How many do you expect will be convicted on charges of Domestic Terrorism?

SSSS for some reason said...

Yippee! Two Body Scanner finds this week! Too bad neither item was actually a threat to aviation.

Anonymous said...

There were two body scanner discoveries this week and both of them would have been found with the metal detector. After seeing some videos of items being brought through the body scanner, the metal detector had a much better chance of finding them than the body scanner.

Why are the Christmas lights not allowed? They use spent shell casings, but they obviously are lights and not shells. Wouldn't a screener be able to inspect them and let them through?

Anonymous said...

SSSS respond...how do you know if something wasn't planted inside that body scanner........you can never be too careful as people who want to do bad will do anything they can to get an illigal item through wecurity

RB said...

Yippee! Two Body Scanner finds this week! Too bad neither item was actually a threat to aviation.

December 21, 2012 10:46 PM
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Both the magazine and the knife would have been detected using much less expensive Walk Through Metal Detectors.

Apparently TSA isn't happy unless they get to strip you of all dignity.

Wintermute said...

Two body scanner finds? And, correct me if I'm wrong, both should alarm a metal detector as well, correct?

Anonymous said...

Please inform your TSOs that people with hidden disabilities do NOT have to take off their medical emergency bracelets. .My bracelet does not come off under ANY circumstances.
Oh, and your lovely body scanner continues to alarm on my knees despite the facts that: a) I don't have pockets there, b) I don't have any HIDDEN pockets there, and c) I have no history of knee surgery or implants in my knees. Thanks for the worthless and bothersome radiation!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on protecting the US Flying Public from a museum piece (literally) that looks to be a 3 barrel "derringer' style break-breech revolver or pepper-box pistol from the early to mid 1800's. I can't tell if it is a percussion fire or a pin-fire, but it looks like a percussion cap type. If it is a pin-fire, I would say this highly dangerous paper-weight might cause a nasty bruise if thrown. If a percussion cap type, this museum-piece probably can't even be fired. There are sources for modern manufactured pin-fire ammunition, but most is intended for metallurgy far advanced from the materials in this pistol.

Based on the background, I would hazard a guess the that person that had this as carry-on baggage was not wanting to let this beautiful multi-thousand dollar piece of history out of his or her sight.

Joe said...

So what would be enough for you guys to be found to take it seriously? You need to see a bomb to believe that security is making us safer? Do you really think that a terrorist will go through a security check point with a bomb fully assembled? Everybody wants to feel safe but almost nobody wants to make an effort to help... It's true that TSA agents should be more professionals and procedures can be improved... But if nothing happened until now is because security check points are being quite helpful.

Keith Cossey said...

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of the safety of our countrymen and others.

Keith Cossey said...

I don't envy you---going through this haystack of comments to find anything of substance, helpfulness, or appreciation. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

what a collossal waste of federal $$$

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
[[Please inform your TSOs that people with hidden disabilities do NOT have to take off their medical emergency bracelets. .My bracelet does not come off under ANY circumstances.
Oh, and your lovely body scanner continues to alarm on my knees despite the facts that: a) I don't have pockets there, b) I don't have any HIDDEN pockets there, and c) I have no history of knee surgery or implants in my knees. Thanks for the worthless and bothersome radiation!]]

I have 2 words for you Anon that you might find helpful. “Opt out”. No radiation, no body scanners. And here is the best part, you only have to state your wishes. Choice, it’s a beautiful thing.

Anonymous said...

So just so we're clear, TSA, which was created to halt terrorism, now spends its days bragging about confiscating guns and knives that have flown on planes for decades without incident? How does that NOT seem like a tremendous waste of taxpayer money?

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

I have 2 words for you Anon that you might find helpful. “Opt out”. No radiation, no body scanners. And here is the best part, you only have to state your wishes. Choice, it’s a beautiful thing.

And then be subject to sexual assault (which the TSA patdown is)? Tell me how that's an actual choice again?

TSOwintermute (not really, but Ron gets away with it when he's not part of the blog team, as near as I can tell, so why shouldn't I be able to?)

Wintermute said...

Joe said...

" But if nothing happened until now is because security check points are being quite helpful"

Prove that pre-9/11 screening would not keep us just as safe. You can't. Until you can back up your claim with numbers, it's not a valid claim.

TSOwintermute said...

Keith Cossey said...
"Thank you for all that you do on behalf of the safety of our countrymen and others."

What exactly would that be? The false sense of security you feel actually makes you less safe.

Anonymous said...

[I have 2 words for you Anon that you might find helpful. “Opt out”. No radiation, no body scanners. And here is the best part, you only have to state your wishes. Choice, it’s a beautiful thing.]
If only it was that easy. Part of my disability is hyperreflexia. This means that some of my reflexes are lightning quick and uncontrollable.
If I get touched in the wrong place or the wrong way, I will "resist" the pat-down (stiffening or arching my back) or possibly even "assault" the person patting me down (the latter happens if you grab me from behind without warning.)
I have even slapped/punched family and friends without realizing that I did it.
The scanner, however annoying it is, turns out to be the best option in order to protect my dignity and that of the person conducting the pat-down.
Oh and my knee alarmed again today.

Anonymous said...

Wintermute said:
Prove that pre-9/11 screening would not keep us just as safe.
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9/11 IS proof that pre-9/11 screening did not keep you safer.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"9/11 IS proof that pre-9/11 screening did not keep you safer."

Ahh... I see. You're ignoring the ACTUAL security failure of 9/11. That would be two things (which have been fixed), which COMBINED with pre-9/11 screening, WOULD keep you just as safe (if not safer). Those two things? Hardened cockpit doors and passenger awareness. THAT was the failure of 9/11, not the screening.