Friday, January 4, 2013

TSA Week in Review: WWII Era Inert Bazooka Round Discovered at Chicago O’Hare


A WWII era inert bazooka round was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
WWII era inert bazooka round discovered at (ORD).


























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.

  • A WWII era inert bazooka round was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • Five inert/novelty grenades were discovered at four different airports this week. Two in checked baggage at Denver (DEN), and one each in checked baggage at Tri-cities (TRI), and Ontario (ONT). One grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag inside of an ammo can at Manhattan (MHK).
  • An inert M-60 fuse igniter was detected in a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA).
 
Inert grenades, fuse igniter, and a grenade lighter.  















Submachine BB Gun – I don’t normally report the bb and pellet guns our officers regularly find, but this one is unique. It’s a gas operated automatic bb machine gun. It was discovered at Newark (EWR). 

Gas operated automatic bb machine gun.
Gas Operated Automatic BB Machine Gun Discovered at (EWR).




















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 knife was discovered in a bag at Dulles (IAD). It had been sewn into the lining.
  • A bladed multi-tool was discovered concealed in a package of socks at Albuquerque (ABQ).
  • A knife was discovered at Burbank (BUR) concealed underneath the lining of a bag between the handle and wheels.
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at San Francisco (SFO).
Belt buckle knife discovered at San Francisco (SFO).
Belt buckle knife discovered at (SFO).



















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 Portland (PDX) told the officer checking his ID that he had a bomb in his cell phone
  • A Denver (DEN) passenger in the gate area was overheard on his cell phone stating: “I am going to blow up the plane.”
Stun Gun (DCA)
Stun Gun (DCA)
Stun Guns –  Eleven stun guns were discovered this week in a carry-on bags around the nation: Two at San Francisco (SFO), and one each at Columbia (CAE), Orlando (MCO), Monroe (MLU), San Jose (SJC), Baltimore (BWI), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN), Reagan Washington National (DCA)

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.  

4 loaded firearms.
3 loaded firearms.























26 Guns Discovered This Week. 17 loaded.


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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28 comments:

Anonymous said...

::sigh:: More inert stuff. In other words, NOT a threat.

And still no mention of terrorized 11 year old girls....

SSSS for some reason said...

So the grenades and bazooka round were all inert? And in checked baggage?

And the danger is what? How is this newsworthy?

RB said...

Apparently not one thing found by TSA required the invasive Electronic Strip Search Machines that taxpayers are being conned to buy.

TSA cries "the sky is falling" like Chiken Little when there is no real threat.

Time to end the reign of TSA Terror!

Wintermute said...

So, nothing found via virtual strip search this week? And no real threats to aviation?

Anonymous said...

Still absolutely no justification for the use of whole body scanners. You obviously never catch anything important with them and, by allowing metal weapons throught, these machines are actually making us less safe.

CJ said...

Congratulations again to the mighty saviors of human life in their grand struggle to locate completely non-threatening items that LOOK menacing! You guys should start using those little lapel pins like they have at McDonald's for achievements to signify which industrious agents located these harmless items as a way to make them feel better about themselves.

Anonymous said...

Come on people---if something did get thru you'd probably be the first to criticize for not finding it. You're certainly correct that the danger is not there with inert items but I'm happy to know these 'items' can be detected by the methods being used.

Anonymous said...

You people who are complaining miss the point. Anyone who is stupid enough to take weapon, or an inert replica of a weapon, into an airport or on an airplane is so stupid as to "ipso facto" be a danger to himself, to you, or more importantly to me. The TSA is being kind to characterize these finds as passenger "error." If an idiot delays my travel he should have to pay for my delay. These idiots would stop trying to sneak stuff on board real quick.

Infrequent Flyer said...

Checking a bag on USAir at PHL on 12/14/12. The clerks asks any butane lighters and I say two, in approved containers. She says you're only allowed one. I open the bag and dig out the container which is heavy duty bright yellow plastic, foamed lined and has an o-ring threaded seal. Printed on the container are all the agency approvals. $12.00 and I have two. One in the checked bag and one in my carry-on. The clerk had never seen one and I'm thinkg, Here we go. The clerk next to her looks over and say, Oh, that's fine. End of problem. I was wondering how long she had been a ticket agent, but let it go.

Anonymous said...

We need some thinkers here people. You can't be sure it's inert unless you inspect it. The inspection may reveal that it's Not inert. In that case many people my die, there may be explosions. So in order to inspect you must evacuate large areas. Are you catching on to the risk of lives? And since it's an airport there are going to be flight delays and potential cancelations that affect multiple multiple airports. Is the impact starting to sink in yet? Think!

Anonymous said...

"If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck..." If an unkempt, swarthy, Mediterranean-looking guy with a couple of days of unshaved beard had grabbed a flight attendant and held the "inert" bazooka round to her head and said something like "I am taking control of this aircraft in the name of ..." I would have believed him. Thank you, TSA, again.

BIGGER safety-orange signs need to be posted at the head of each line leading to a TSA screener that says in big, black letters a foot high: "NO GUNS! - NO BULLETS! - NO KNIVES! - NOTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A WEAPON! NO! BAD! NO!" (People just aren't getting the message).

Make an example out of someone witless enough to put a .45 caliber automatic pistol in their carry-on bag (with a round in the chamber, of course) so that even FoxNews will carry the story. Prosecute the unfortunate idiot to the fullest extent of the law. With pictures! The TSA Chairman should start doing interviews on "The View and all the daytime television shows telling people again (and again, and again) that weapons and objects that look like weapons are BANNED from carry-on luggage.

I've been flying a lot on business lately after seven years of not having set foot on an airplane. When I'm packing, first I turn my carry-on bag upside down over the floor and empty it all out, and turn out all the side pockets. Then I re-pack it with the things I will need for the flight and my immediate needs on arrival. See how easy it is? No guns/knives/Claymore mines/inert bazooka rounds in my carry-on bag! When I pack my checked luggage, I do the same thing. To date, I haven't overlooked a loaded M-16 or a machete or tactical nuclear weapon in my checked luggage.

If it looks like a weapon it will have the psychological impact of a real weapon. What's so hard to understand about that?

Keep up the good work, TSA! It's because of your hard-working, patient, polite and cheerful employees that I can arrive at my destination with only the normal stresses of my job preying on my mind.

Anonymous said...

Corrected headline: "Another week where all the terrorists got flights to the US from other countries instead".

Susan Richart said...

@Anonymous:

"or more importantly to me."

Sadly, the quoted comment is why the TSA is still around. People are more interested in themselves than the direction our country is headed due to DHS and it's evil spawn, the TSA.

If the people would stand up to abuse, the TSA and DHS would be gone.

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Anonymous said...

It amazes me at the ignorance of passengers. Are you kidding me, carrying on 2 lighters, grenades bb guns, knives ect. And then complaining about security. Drive your car next time you want to travel. If something happened you would be the first ones to point fingers .

Anonymous said...

I'm confused about the automatic air gun.

I can't find anything that says it isn't completely legal to check an air gun, and no declaration should be required as it isn't a firearm.

Was the problem a gas cylinder? I didn't see one in the picture.

What law or regulation was violated?

Chip and Andy said...

"... Anyone who is stupid enough to take .. an inert replica of a weapon, into an airport or on an airplane is so stupid as to "ipso facto" be a danger... or more importantly to me."

Elitist much?

How are inert and replicas of weapons, in checked baggage, possibly dangerous to you? To anyone?

I frequently carry a picture of a gun does that make me dangerous?

Anonymous said...

From the Charlotte Observer..."TSA Fires Charlotte Agent Accused of Theft".

A TSA agent working New Year's Day is accused of stealing money from a passenger's suitcase at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"Come on people---if something did get thru you'd probably be the first to criticize for not finding it"

Do not presume to know what others think. First, with a failure rate of 70% or so, I guarantee you several items made it through. And yes, I do criticize the TSA for it. Not for letting them slip through, per se, but for the invasive procedures that do nothing to improve that 70% failure rate. And yet, no planes fell from the sky. Why is the TSA needed again?

Anonymous said...

"...Anyone who is stupid enough to take weapon, or an inert replica of a weapon, into an airport or on an airplane is so stupid as to "ipso facto" be a danger to himself, to you, or more importantly to me...."

You are referring to the child with the plastic Pirates of the Caribbean sword?

"...So in order to inspect you must evacuate large areas..."

You want to evacuate a terminal to inspect a plastic Pirates of the Caribbean sword?

I wouldn't evacuate a terminal for any sword, personally.

Anonymous said...

The majority of commenters appear not to understand that replica weapons need to be banned in flights because they can, eg, still be used to threaten in a hijacking.

Anonymous said...

Everyone who is complaining is absolutely right. I think its a travesty that you can have a bazooka or an assault rifle taken off you. I think that we should just stop checking baggage and just trust everyone.

Next time I travel, I cant wait to pack my inert, life-size, toy ball bearing bomb in my bag because I NEED IT TO TRAVEL ON A PLANE.

After that, I cant wait to visit Grandma but next time I am going to pack my grenades as she mentioned she needed them badly.

Forget the inert stuff (Which should be confiscated anyway for idiocy), what about the mentally challenged people carrying loaded guns?

Thumbs up America, you have your priorities right. You should bring more loaded weapons to the airport and then focus on the fact that TSA confiscated an inert BAZOOKA. The sword was just bad luck. I had to throw out my sunscreen last time i traveled. That's the price i pay so i don't get shot on a plane. What a shame on them.

Anonymous said...

TSA made you throw out sunscreen so you don't get shot? ROTF!!! Was it made of gunpowder? LOL!

To you and another(?) commenter above, not only are inert weapons being confiscated by TSA, but also replicas of weapons are being confiscated (per TSA employee, Lisa Farbstein), such as decoration on purse, belt, and yes, a grenade-shaped perfume bottle. Notice, not a grenade. A perfume bottle.

Additionally, a wooden toy gun was confiscated, and the owner was not allowed to put it in a checked bag, because (get this) TSA said the toy gun had to be put in a locked gun case! ROTF!

All the while, 7 weapons are making it onto planes for every 3 TSA finds.

So I suppose we all to have our sunscreen confiscated so we don't get shot by inert, replica, and toy "weapons."

See you in the "sterile area," pardner!

Anonymous said...

How long does it usually take for you to return these and other items you routinely steal from passengers without any Constitutional authority?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
How long does it usually take for you to return these and other items you routinely steal from passengers without any Constitutional authority?
January 8, 2013 5:57 PM


Unfortunately, TSA doesn't return any item they confiscate. Weapons (real ones, not the replicas or toys they take on a regular basis) are taken by local police and dealt with however they handle them.

Everything else is turned over to the local governments and sold at city/county/state surplus stores.

I refer you to this blog post on the Wall Street Journal website.

Anonymous said...

Wow! All those TSA bashers leaving comments here. I'm betting they think AK47s are something we all need(can you say Aurora or New Town?) on planes as well, in addition to no airport security, of course. I fly 200,000 miles per year, and sure, the security process slows down my travel. But I'd rather have weapons and look alike weapons off planes than to have no security. And come on, what IDIOT really thinks its ok to carry loaded (or unloaded, for that matter) guns on to a plane in a carry on. Really? Maybe we should view the TSA security process as more of an intelligence test for the general traveling population. And for those that think security isn't necessary. My wife was supposed to be on the top floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Thank God she was sick that day. And me, I wish we had more security that day, as maybe a few thousand less people would have died. I, for one, appreciate TSA security, and with Clear, Trusted Traveler, and Global Entry, security has become a breeze. Of course though, you have to be fingerprinted, which I'm sure upsets those who despise TSA and want to carry guns through security, and hunt with AK47s.

Anonymous said...

I like how we Americans love to complain about TSA as an infringment on personal rights & conveniences, when it's merely just a tangible response to possile real homeland security threats. 1st world problems I guess. lulz

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"Wow! All those TSA bashers leaving comments here. I'm betting they think AK47s are something we all need(can you say Aurora or New Town?) on planes as well, in addition to no airport security, of course. I fly 200,000 miles per year, and sure, the security process slows down my travel. But I'd rather have weapons and look alike weapons off planes than to have no security. And come on, what IDIOT really thinks its ok to carry loaded (or unloaded, for that matter) guns on to a plane in a carry on. Really? Maybe we should view the TSA security process as more of an intelligence test for the general traveling population. And for those that think security isn't necessary. My wife was supposed to be on the top floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Thank God she was sick that day. And me, I wish we had more security that day, as maybe a few thousand less people would have died. I, for one, appreciate TSA security, and with Clear, Trusted Traveler, and Global Entry, security has become a breeze. Of course though, you have to be fingerprinted, which I'm sure upsets those who despise TSA and want to carry guns through security, and hunt with AK47s."

Anonymous, please look up the phrase "logical fallacy" and let me know how many are in that short paragraph.

Anonymous said...

Bob, why are you writing or letting so many TSA employees write anonymous comments on this blog?