Friday, June 28, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 44 Firearms Discovered This Week (35 Loaded)




Loaded Gun (IAH)
Loaded Gun (IAH)
44 Firearms Discovered This Week –Of the 44 firearms, 35 were loaded and six had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.


Inert Grenade (ALB)
Inert Grenade (ALB)

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.

  • An inert grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Albany (ALB).

(L-R) Black Stun Gun (MDW), Stun Gun Disguised as Pack of Ciggaretts (CLE), Pink Stun Gun (AZO)
(L-R) Black Stun Gun (MDW), Stun Gun Disguised as Pack of Cigarettes (CLE), Pink Stun Gun (AZO)
Stun Guns – Three stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at Kalamazoo (AZO), Cleveland (CLE), and Chicago Midway (MDW).



Credit Card Knives (L-R) ABQ, MIA
Credit Card Knives (L-R) ABQ, MIA

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.

  • Two credit card knives were discovered this week at Albuquerque (ABQ) and Miami (MIA).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Newark (EWR). 

Belt Buckle Knife (EWR)
Belt Buckle Knife (EWR)
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 Chicago O’Hare, a passenger who could not find his gate blurted out: “I’m going to blow up this ####### place up if no one tells me where my flight is.”

Knives Discovered at (L-R) AUS,IAH, LGB, DAL, SAN
Knives Discovered at (L-R) AUS,IAH, LGB, DAL, SAN
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… 

Gun-shaped Knife (CLE)
The Perfect Knife to Bring to a Gunfight (CLE)
Throwing Knives (EWR)
Throwing Knives (EWR)

                                     Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Loaded Guns Discovered at TSA Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) CHS, SEA, CLT, IAH, GSO, AUS, DAL, DEN
Loaded Guns Discovered at TSA Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ABQ, SDF, SAT, CLE, FLL
Loaded Guns Discovered at TSA Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) IND, LAN, IAH, DFW
44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 35 were loaded and 9 were unloadedYou 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.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Fireworks Don’t Fly (On Airplanes)



This is a travel advisory poster about "All flammable adn explosive materials, including fireworks, are prohibited at all times.
While some fireworks fly high in the sky, they are never OK to pack in your carry-on or checked bags. It’s not that we don’t enjoy fireworks. Personally speaking, I to enjoy them. In fact, every Independence Day, I’m reminded of this quote from a letter that John Adams wrote to his wife:



"It [Independence Day] ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."



Had commercial aircraft existed then, I doubt that Adams would have suggested guns, bonfires, and illuminations in the cabin of an aircraft.



With that said, this is your annual reminder to be sure to leave your fireworks at home and not take them on the plane, in carry on or checked luggage. This includes fireworks such as aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, firecrackers, flying spinners, chasers, fountains, bottle rockets, ground spinners, parachute fireworks, poppers, snaps, skyrockets, missiles, roman candles, smoke fireworks, snakes, strobes, sparklers, wheels, you name it…



Be sure your children understand this as well... A violation certainly will get your travel plans off to a bad start.



Below are photos of fireworks that in the past have been found at TSA checkpoints.
 
Fireworks
Fireworks Discovered at TSA Checkpoints

Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe. Be sure to check out USA.gov’s Fourth of July page for all sorts of safety tips and cool information about Independence Day.





 

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Friday, June 21, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms Discovered This Week (47 Loaded)



Loaded Firearm (JAX)
Loaded Firearm (JAX)
57 Firearms Discovered This Week –Of the 57 firearms, 47 were loaded and 14 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.



Stun Gun (SAN)
Stun Gun (SAN)
Stun Guns – Six stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: Two were discovered at San Diego (SAN), and the others were found at Billings (BIL), Las Vegas (LAS), Laughlin/Bullhead City (IFP), and San Francisco (SFO).



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 3-inch belt buckle knife was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A 4-inch folding knife was found concealed under the lining of a passenger’s backpack at Seattle (SEA).
  • A 2½-inch knife was discovered concealed in a Denver (DEN) passenger’s thermos that contained ice and medication.

Belt Buckle Knife (FLL), Knife in Lining of Backpack (SEA)
Belt Buckle Knife (FLL), Knife in Lining of Backpack (SEA)

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 a passenger’s cooler alarmed at Memphis, he stated that the bag contained explosives. It didn’t. It contained toiletry items, a freezer pack, and foam.
  • After asking a Denver (DEN) passenger if he had any other items that needed to be removed from his bag, he stated, "I have a bomb in my bag."

Knives Discovered at (Top - Bottom) LAX, PBI, DEN, OAK
Knives Discovered at (Top - Bottom) LAX, PBI, DEN, OAK
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.
Guns Discovered at (L-R) CVG, CVG, ATL, LAS, PBI, LBB, SEA
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ECP, IND, DEN, SGF, ATL, PIT, BNA, CAK
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Guns Discovered at (L-R) JAX, AEX, ATL, BHM, BOI, DEN, LAS, IAH
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ONT, MSY, RDU, SAT, SRQ
Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.
Guns Discovered at (L-R) HOU, LAS, SJU, FAI

57 Firearms Discovered This Week –47 were loaded and 10 were unloaded
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.