Friday, July 6, 2012

TSA Week in Review: Grenades Galore


Inert grenades were discovered at DSM, SEA, TPA, and BNA.

Due the holiday, this Week in Review covers June 28th through June 5th. 

 

Grenades Galore – In case you haven’t heard, grenades and planes do not mix. Inert grenades were discovered at DSM, SEA, TPA, and BNA. Two live smoke grenades were discovered at DEN. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems at checkpoints. We don’t know they’re inert until we check them out and checking them out can often inconvenience your fellow passengers.

 

stun cane
Stun Guns – 11 stun guns/devices were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation at: ORD, OGG, SMF, RIC, JAX, LGA, FLL & DEN. Among these items were a stun pen at Ketchikan (KTN) and a stun cane at McGhee - Tyson (TYS). Yes, a stun cane! That’s a first for the Week in Review posts… 

 A 4” knife was discovered concealed inside a comb at Baltimore (BWI). A 3 ½” knife was found concealed in the lining of a bag at LaGuardia (LGA).
 Items in the Strangest Places - It’s one thing to forget you had a prohibited item in your bag, but when you intentionally try to sneak it past us, you could wind up being cited or even arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where passengers tried to sneak items past our Officers.

  • A razor knife was discovered in the seat of a wheelchair at Salt Lake City (SLC).

  • A 4” knife was discovered concealed inside a comb at Baltimore (BWI).

  • A 3 ½” knife was found concealed in the lining of a bag at LaGuardia (LGA).


Knives, nunchucks, axe, and fireworks.

Kids Pack the Darndest Things – Even though a 9-year-old’s grandmother packed their bag, the child went in later and added 6 ground bloom fireworks. I can see why they wanted them. My 9-year-old self probably would have packed them too. These fireworks were discovered at Milwaukee (MKE).

 

Automotive Flares: Keyword “automotive.” Not only are automotive flares prohibited on aircraft, the look a little creepy due to their resemblance to dynamite sticks. Two of them were discovered at Phoenix (PHX) in a passenger’s carry-on bag.


Body Scanner Discoveries This Week – There were a total of 18 illegal items discovered this week with the body scanners at: ITO, ATW, JAX, PIE, 2 at ATL, ABQ, TPA, 2 at SMF, LAX, SFO, CLE, SEA, MSY, PDX, MDW, and LAS. Items were found in hands, pockets, and concealed in the groin area.

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also found firearm components, realistic replica firearms, stun guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of bladed items.

4 loaded firearms.
4 loaded firearms.
4 loaded firearms.
4 loaded firearms.
4 loaded firearms.
29 guns discovered. 25 were loaded.
Firearms - Here are the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday.

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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