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
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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23 comments:

Bob said...

I'm a former law enforcement officer and elected Sheriff, and I applaud the work that TSA does to keep us all safe. Many people are quick to criticize agents even though we all benefit from their work... it isn't for "their" sake that they screen for weapons and drugs.

However, I'm also a very staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and I think it's important to educate travelers with firearms.

I have an in-depth article for gun enthusiasts and I will be adding information from this post to it.

Keep up the good work guys... most of us do appreciate the great work keeping us and our families safe!

Bob

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the TSA give the American taxpayer a break and "copy/paste" the same list each week?

Anonymous said...

Still nothing that requires full body scanners. Why you still use those slow, invasive, and obviously ineffective machines is beyond comprehension.

RB said...

Isn't it so much better when TSA doesn't post comments that show complete and utter idiocy of TSA week after week after week?

Oh, just forget that TSA mentioned that dialog thing.

John D. said...

Thank you for providing this email on a regular basis. I find it to be a real eye-opener. I am baffled as to why someone would risk getting in trouble when there is a perfectly legal way to transport firearms. While it is beyond the scope of this blog, it would be interesting to see how many of these weapons are unregistered.

Dave said...

I for one appreciate this weekly update, Bob. I'm Canadian and just can't fathom what people think when they stand there awaiting security screening... .."Beer me on the other side.. or, will they catch my "belt knife".. Unbeliveable.

RB said...

Bob, TSA and its blog team have never explained how tossing confiscated LGA's in standard garbage bins renders them safe. This TSA technology is surely worthy of talking about. I can't believe TSA isn't boasting about this scientific accomplishment.

Wintermute said...

Bob said...
"it isn't for "their" sake that they screen for weapons and drugs."

Bob, if they are screening for drugs, they are violating the 4th amendment. As someone who supports the 2nd, surely you support the 4th as well?

As for weapons, if they didn't have a 70% failure rate, and didn't exceed the administrative search they're allowed, then maybe I'd agree.

GSOLTSO said...

Just to clarify, TSA does not "search for drugs", we search for possible threat items. During this type of a search, sometimes the TSO will run across illegal items (and this list includes "drugs") - when illegal or suspected illegal items are found, then TSA reports it to the local Law Enforcement Officers. Once it is reported to the LEOs, the process is taken over by them.

So, to sum up - TSA does not search for "drugs", but if they find them during the course of their duties, they report it to local LEOs. I hope this helped to clarify for those that may have thought differently.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Why doesn't the TSA give the American taxpayer a break and "copy/paste" the same list each week?"

Because the list is different each week. Not to mention, it may give folks a more visual idea of what is not allowed, in case there is any confusion.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

John D sez - "I am baffled as to why someone would risk getting in trouble when there is a perfectly legal way to transport firearms."

By far the most common excuse I personally have heard is simply the weapon was forgotten in the bag (whether they forgot to take the item out, or thought they had taken it out and did not), or "someone else put that in this bag" (usually "someone else" is a well meaning spouse or family member).

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

I speak for all Americans when I say thank you TSA

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I speak for all Americans when I say thank you TSA"


You definitely do not speak for me.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
I speak for all Americans when I say thank you TSA"

You definitely do not speak for me.


Nor me, unless "thank" is changed to a very crude word, then *maybe* TSAnonymous *might* speak for me as well ;)

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
TSA does not search for "drugs", but if they find them during the course of their duties, they report it to local LEOs


Nice loophole.

Anonymous said...

I have always been of the opinion that responsible gun ownership includes constant vigilence regarding its location, whether its loaded, and where its pointed. What does it say about gun owners who forget they are carrying a loaded, chambered gun through a security checkpoint?

Anonymous said...

How about instead of wasting my tax money on a "TSA blog," you use it for something useful, like repairing our local infrastructure or educating our children. It seems like that would be a whole lot more useful to me, as an American citizen, than this waste of time.

Anonymous said...

If you've improved your failure rate from 70% all the way up to 50%, this post means that rather than 102 undetected guns flying without incident, only 44 undetected guns flew without incident this week.

If you ever reach 80% detection rates, in a week like this, there were only 11 undetected guns (9 loaded) that few without incident.

Go TSA!!!

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if you posted year to date numbers for the fire arms discovered. It is almost unbelievable that so many people try to carry a gun on board.

Bob Kelso said...

where are the barbie puppets - shame about the tax money - close this company and do what is reasonable.

Anonymous said...

Interesting posts - thanks.

I would note that the electrical weapons don't appear to be "stun guns" (they don't launch anything, unlike a Taser) but shock prods.

Anonymous said...

So, are these firearms available for sale as seized contraband? A couple of those guns are pretty nice...

cmberg said...

JAX has the best TSA staff! This is my first email bulletin and something I definitely am glad I signed up for. I never knew credit cards could hold knives... great heads-up for us all. Thank you for some good work.