Friday, May 31, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 29 Firearms Discovered This Week (26 Loaded)


Loaded Gun (SAV)
Loaded Gun (SAV)

29 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 29 firearms, 26 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post. 
CO2 Cartridges – A total of seven CO2 cartridges were discovered this week, so I thought that it would be appropriate for me to explain when they are permitted to be carried with you. The FAA prohibits CO2 cartridges in both checked and carry-on bags unless they are with an inflatable life vest. You can have up to two in the life vest and two spares. The spares must accompany the life vest and be presented as one unit. CO2 cartridges are also permitted for operating mechanical limbs, along with spare cylinders to ensure an adequate supply for the journey.
Inert Grenade (LAS)
Inert Grenade (LAS)
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a 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 in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Two inert/novelty/replica grenades were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), and Houston (IAH). The novelty grenade at IAH was in the passenger’s carry-on bag.

Stun Guns – 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: Three at San Diego (SAN), two at Atlanta (ATL), two at San Juan (SJU), and five others at Baltimore (BWI), Denver (DEN), Honolulu  (HNL), LaGuardia (LGA), and Oakland (OAK).
Stun Gun Cell Phone (ATL), Stun Torch (SAN), Stun Gun (ATL), Stun Torch (SAN)
Stun Gun Cell Phone (ATL), Stun Torch (SAN), Stun Gun (ATL), Stun Torch (SAN)
Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at San Jose (SJC).

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:

  • When asked if she had any hazardous materials, a passenger at San Juan stated that she had a bomb.
Knives - Discovered at (L-R) LGB, SJC, SAN, SLC
Discovered at (L-R) LGB, SJC, SAN, SLC

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… 
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
 
7 loaded guns.
Discovered at (L-R) ILM, DAL, RIC, BHM, SDF, ATL, PBI
6 loaded guns.
Discovered at (L-R) FAY, AMA, PNS, DTW, CLT, TPA
3 loaded guns.
Discovered at (L-R) JAX, SDF, FLL
2 loaded guns.
Discovered at (L-R) RDU, IDA
Firearm improperly packed in shoe. Checked baggage AEX.
Example of Improper Way to Pack  A Firearm in Checked Baggage (AEX)
29 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 29 firearms, 26 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
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. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. 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, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.
If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here.



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - It's Time to go Scuba Diving!



Scuba Gear
Scuba Gear
Charlie Foreman wrote a post about this time last year for the TSA Blog about traveling with scuba gear. We decided to share it again this summer for those of you who might have missed it. Enjoy this very informative post! ~ Bob

A little bit about Charlie - Charlie is a TSA Customer Support Manager in Mississippi. He’s been diving since the early 80’s and instructing since 1985. He began instructing the instructors in 1990 to teach open water diving as well as underwater photography. He’s got over 5,500 dives under his belt and was inducted into the Platinum Pro Instructor Foundation as well as the Platinum Pro Diver Foundation.
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Before you get on that plane that takes you to an exciting destination, you must first think about how you should pack your dive gear for the flight. Here are some suggestions to make sure your expensive equipment arrives safely to your paradise adventure.

  • Always pack your expensive dive equipment and accessories in your carry-on luggage.
  • Always pack any prescription masks with you in carry-on luggage. If you lose this item it could ruin your whole trip.
  • Always pack your dive computers and regulators in carry-on luggage because these items are sensitive and might not survive the wear and tear of the baggage handling process.
  • Carry any prescriptions with you in your carry-on bag.
  • Now that you have your carry-on bag packed, you can pay attention to packing your dive equipment that goes into the baggage area of the plane.
  • Pack your dive jacket (B.C, Stab Jacket, and Buoyancy Compensators) in your dive bag first and place them in the middle of the bag.
  • Surround the jacket with your fins to protect it during the flight.
  • If you choose not to carry your mask with you on the plane, make sure it is in a protective mask box and it is wrapped with dive skins or your wetsuit to protect it from getting broken. Always carry a spare mask in your bag. Masks are very expensive if you have to replace one on your vacation. Make sure you place your dive knife in your checked baggage and not your carry-on. This item is prohibited on board an aircraft.
  • Be sure to pack extra fin straps and repair items you might need as well as motion sickness medicines just in case. It is not necessary to carry weights and tanks with you since most resorts provide the availability to tanks and weights with the dive packages.
  • If you do chose to carry you own personal small emergency air source, make sure the valve is out of the cylinder and it can be inspected at your time of departure.
  • Do not forget the most important item!  Make sure you lock your baggage with a TSA approved lock. This will prevent anyone from removing items out of your dive bags.   

Now…Lets Go Diving!

Guest Blogger - Charlie Foreman
TSA Stakeholder-Customer Support Manager

Friday, May 24, 2013

TSA Week in Review: Record 65 Firearms Discovered In Carry-on Bags (54 Loaded)

 
Loaded Gun (MCI)
Loaded Gun (MCI)
Record 65 Firearms Discovered This Week – This beats our previous record of 50 guns. Of the 65 firearms, 54 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post. 

Firearm Strapped to Prosthetic Leg of Passenger – A passenger at Salt Lake City (SLC) received a pat-down after an anomaly was detected during advanced imaging technology screening.  During the pat-down, officers discovered a fully loaded .22 caliber firearm inside his boot and strapped to the prosthetic leg. The passenger was arrested by Salt Lake City Airport Police on a state charge of “Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Secure Area.”
 
Grenades - Discovered at (L-R) LAS,   ATL, SLC
Grenades Discovered at (L-R) LAS, ATL, SLC
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a 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 in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.
  • Three inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered across the nation this week in carry-on bags at: Atlanta (ATL), Las Vegas (LAS), and Salt Lake City (SLC).
Stun Guns – 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the others at Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI), Detroit (DTW), Washington Dulles (IAD), Phoenix (PHX), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), and St. Louis (STL).

Stun Guns - Discovered at (L-R) IAD,   DTW, LAS, SMF, SFO, BWI, LAS, SJU,   ABQ
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) IAD, DTW, LAS, SMF, SFO, BWI, LAS, SJU, ABQ
Razor Blade in Shoe (DAY),   Razor Blade Found in Garment (TPA)
Razor Blade in Shoe (DAY),  Razor Blade Found in Garment (TPA)
 Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite 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 was discovered inside the lining of a bag at Guam (GUM).
  • A 3-inch knife blade was found concealed inside a DVD case at Newark (EWR).
  • An anomaly was detected during advance imaging technology screening at Tampa (TPA). During the pat-down, a razorblade was found concealed in the lining of the passenger’s undergarment.
  • A razorblade was discovered concealed in the sole of a shoe at Dayton (DAY).
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:
  • While presenting his identification to a travel document checker, an Orlando (MCO) passenger stated: “I also have a bomb.”
  • During additional screening, a Houston (IAH) passenger told the officer that the bottle of water in his bag was a bomb.
Knives - Discovered at (L-R) BWI,   DEN, EWR, EWR, ONT, LAX, STL
Knives - Discovered at (L-R) BWI, DEN, EWR, EWR, ONT, LAX, STL
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… 

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) HOU, PDX, DFW, CLT, AUS, CLE, DEN, DFW
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) PBI, XNA, JFK, GSP, JAX, OWB, IAH, DEN
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) SAT, SHV, FLL, AUS, CMH, DAL, FLL
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) TPA, CVG, SAT, FLL, GEG, MIA
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) TXK, FSD, ATL, BDL, MGM
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Discovered at (L-R) XNA, ATL, DTW,  HOU
Loaded gun discovered in carry-on bag.
Discovered at XNA
Ammunition discovered in carry-on bag.
Discovered in Carry-on at LGB

Record 65 Firearms Discovered This Week – This beats our previous record of 50 guns. Of the 65 firearms, 54 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered.
 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. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. 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, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here. 


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