Friday, July 26, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 33 Firearms Discovered This Week (24 Loaded)



Loaded Gun (HOU)
Loaded Gun (HOU)
33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 24 were loaded and eight had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) BTX, DEN, MEM, PHX, PHX, SFO, SMF
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) BTX, DEN, MEM, PHX, PHX, SFO, SMF

Stun Guns – Nine stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Phoenix (PHX), and the others were found at Atlanta (ATL), Burlington (BTV), Memphis (MEM), Sacramento (SMF), and San Francisco (SFO). 

Inert Grenade (SAT)
Inert Grenade (SAT)
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/replica/novelty grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Las Vegas (LAS) and San Antonio (SAT).

Knife Concealed in Knee Brace (IAH)
Knife Concealed in Knee Brace (IAH)
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 four-inch blade was discovered concealed inside a passenger’s knee brace at Houston (IAH).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Orlando (MCO).
Belt Buckle Knife (MCO)
Belt Buckle Knife (MCO)

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… 
  
Airsoft Guns (L-R) BWI, SMF
Airsoft Guns (L-R) BWI, SMF
Airsoft Guns – Two Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on baggage this week at Baltimore (BWI) and Sacramento (SMF). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Read this post for more information: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling With Airsoft Guns
 
                                     Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
Discovered at (L-R) DFW, RNO, LAS, CLT, LIT, RDU, CLT
Discovered at (L-R) DFW, RNO, LAS, CLT, LIT, RDU, CLT
Discovered at (L-R) TPA, FAT, CLT, BNA, ATL, CLT, MEM, JAX
Discovered at (L-R) TPA, FAT, CLT, BNA, ATL, CLT, MEM, JAX
Discovered at (L-R) RDU, PHX, GSP, IAH, STS
Discovered at (L-R) RDU, PHX, GSP, IAH, STS
33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 24 were loaded and eight 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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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

And how many dangerous items found with your naked body scanners, again?

Anonymous said...

I want to thank DHS, for the information I needed to know about traveling with any weapon (handgun) .

Anonymous said...

Are you ever going to address the fact that nothing on your weekly list is found using body scanners?

Scanners are slow, expensive, invasive (everyone with prosthesis, ostomies, scars, etc gets extra attention, needlessly), demeaning ("I surrender" pose) and obviously ineffective.

Anonymous said...

"And how many dangerous items found with your naked body scanners, again?"

TSA does not use "naked scanners" You now have no credibility.

Anonymous said...

"Are you ever going to address the fact that nothing on your weekly list is found using body scanners?"

Are you ever going to offer a viable solution?

Anonymous said...

I don't mind the body scans, not worth getting upset over. I have a knee replacement so I'm used to it. Every TSA agent I've met has been very kind and courteous.

Anonymous said...

Cite your source, no source? fake.

Anonymous said...

The body scanners might be great for people with joint replacements, but they are terrible for diabetics with insulin pumps. Most of the major pump manufacturers tell their users not to go through the scanners due to the risk of damage to the pump. It's a little scary that the scanner can damage a robust medical device like a pump. It makes me wonder what it could do to the body.

Since the pump can't go through the scanner, I have the option of not flying or getting an invasive patdown. It's not a great choice. To add insult to injury, my new pump seems to set off the metal detector. Even in an airport with no body scanners, that leads to the same patdown. The TSA doesn't seem to use the metal detector wands anymore so I get a patdown that seems more suited to going to prison rather than getting on an airplane.

Anonymous said...

"I get a patdown that seems more suited to going to prison rather than getting on an airplane."

Thankfully, I assume, you've never been in prison. Prison "pat-downs" are exponentially more invasive.

RB said...

Anonymous said...The body scanners might be great for people with joint replacements, but they are terrible for diabetics with insulin pumps. Most of the major pump manufacturers tell their users not to go through the scanners due to the risk of damage to the pump. It's a little scary that the scanner can damage a robust medical device like a pump. It makes me wonder what it could do to the body. Since the pump can't go through the scanner, I have the option of not flying or getting an invasive patdown. It's not a great choice. To add insult to injury, my new pump seems to set off the metal detector. Even in an airport with no body scanners, that leads to the same patdown. The TSA doesn't seem to use the metal detector wands anymore so I get a patdown that seems more suited to going to prison rather than getting on an airplane.July 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

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Are you aware that air travelers in the U.S. get a more severe Grope Down than terrorist prisoners
held at Gitmo.

True, a recent decision by a federal judge gives more rights to terrorist than you get.

Susan Richart said...

"Thankfully, I assume, you've never been in prison. Prison "pat-downs" are exponentially more invasive."

Because they can include cavity searches and John Pistole has never said that the TSA would definitely not institute cavity searches.

To elaborate on RB's comment:

"A federal judge ..... ordered the military to stop touching the groins of detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay.... which included guards wedging their hands between the genitals and thighs of the detainees as many as four times..."

The judge called the searches "abhorrent."

This is exactly what the TSA does to passengers every single day, only the TSA uses the word "resistance."

screen shot, etc.

RB said...

It's a wonder that TSA screeners found anything.

"The Government Accountability Office's new report points out infractions from TSA employees such as sleeping on the job, giving friends and family preferential treatment and leaving work without permission. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg discusses these findings on "CBS This Morning."

Anonymous said...

How about a response to this article? http://consumerist.com/2013/07/30/tsa-misconduct-cases-on-the-rise-agency-not-following-up-on-all-complaints/

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...
And how many dangerous items found with your naked body scanners, again?

The Knee brace.

Anonymous said...

How is TSA doing on responding to the comments on the AIT NRPM posted at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=TSA-2013-0004?

Why were 5,536 comments submitted but only 5,535 posted?

Anonymous said...

Gun, knives, inert grenades, and stun guns can all be found with metal detectors. Why does TSA keep using whole body imagers?

RB said...

The GAO report states TSA misconduct reports grew 26% in three years.

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole came on the job in July 2010.

Three years this month.

Anonymous said...

"The GAO report states TSA misconduct reports grew 26% in three years.

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole came on the job in July 2010.

Three years this month."

I look at it as a new boss that holds his workers accountable. That is the reason for the increase of reported misconduct.

RB said...

Anonymous said..."The GAO report states TSA misconduct reports grew 26% in three years.TSA Administrator John S. Pistole came on the job in July 2010. Three years this month."

 I look at it as a new boss that holds his workers accountable. That is the reason for the increase of reported misconduct.July 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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I look at it as a rudderless ship adrift sea.

That's what happens when a large organization has no leader.



I look at it

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I look at it as a new boss that holds his workers accountable. That is the reason for the increase of reported misconduct.

So your argument is "It's not getting worse, it's always been this bad, we're just hearing about it now'??? And that's supposed to make us feel better??

Susan Richart said...

"I look at it as a new boss that holds his workers accountable. That is the reason for the increase of reported misconduct."

You didn't even read the report, did you?

For your edification, the report says that the TSA lacks accountability. The report also says that the TSA is allegedly following up on the GAO's recommendations for remediation of its deficits in the area of employee discipline.

I'd put in writing my thoughts for the increase in employee misconduct since the beginning of the Pistole era, but Bob wouldn't post if it I did.

screen shot/DHS OIG

Anonymous said...

And none of these weapons were in my hair, but TSA keeps checking! I find it odd that an imaging machine designed to detect objects is so easily triggered by just hair. What else is it missing or confusing?

cliffontheroad said...

Several times I suggested Anonymous be replaced by or added to an IP address for the reason replying to some posting.

New brainstorm; the above could reduce the complaints by fellow boardies of TSA employees possibly posting the "Keep up the good work TSA. I kiss the ground you walk on" praises.

It continually seems this blog is for good publicity and not for improvements to the whole operation

Wintermute said...

cliffontheroad said...
"Several times I suggested Anonymous be replaced by or added to an IP address for the reason replying to some posting."

I disagree, as I believe we have the right to address our government completely anonymously if we so choose. However, it's an interesting suggestion, due to the "if you have nothing to hide..." argument used by so many TSAnonymous posters. Granted, an IP address doesn't identify a person, but comes closer to doing so than timestamp, which is already there, but is enough to tell which TSAnonymous person you're referring to :)