Friday, August 30, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 44 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-on Bags (39 Loaded)



Discovered at LAS
Discovered at LAS
44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 39 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.


(L-R) Comb Knife (DTW), Belt Buckle Knife (MCI), Push Dagger (SEA), Credit Card Knife (EWR), Throwing Knives (LAX)
(L-R) Comb Knife (DTW), Belt Buckle Knife (MCI), Push Dagger (SEA), Credit Card Knife (EWR), Throwing Knives (LAX)


Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – 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 or on your body, 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 by our Officers in strange places.

  • A 5-inch knife and a sword concealed in a cane were discovered at Akron Canton (CAK).
  • A knife was detected concealed in the strap on the carry-on bag at Cincinnati (CVG).
  • A 20-inch sword was detected concealed in a cane at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • A double-edged knife pendant attached to a necklace was discovered at Salt Lake City (SLC).
  • A double edged comb knife was discovered at Detroit (DTW).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Kansas City (MCI).

(L-R) Dagger (AUS), Cane Sword (CAK), Cane Sword (RDU), Throwing Stars (SAN)
(L-R) Dagger (AUS), Cane Sword (CAK), Cane Sword (RDU), Throwing Stars (SAN)
(L-R) Stun Guns Discovered at MCO, LAS, LAS, ECP, LAS, MKE, SEA
(L-R) Stun Guns Discovered at MCO, LAS, LAS, ECP, LAS, MKE, SEA
Stun Guns – Nine stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), and the others were found at Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP), Flagstaff (FLG), Orlando (MCO), Milwaukee (MKE), Portland (PDX), and Seattle (SEA).
 
(L-R) Sting Ball Grenade and Fuses (SNA), Smoke and Flare Cannisters (PHX), Grenade Lighter (ALB), Insert Grenade (PVD), Inert Grenade on Plaque (ATL)
(L-R) Sting Ball Grenade and Fuses (SNA), Smoke and Flare Cannisters (PHX), Grenade Lighter (ALB), Insert Grenade (PVD), Inert Grenade on Plaque (ATL)
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 mounted on a novelty plaque was discovered in checked baggage at Atlanta (ATL).
  • Live smoke and flare canisters were discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • A live “sting ball” riot control grenade along with two inert M762A1 fuses and an additional inert M782 fuse were discovered in an ammo can in checked baggage at John Wayne (SNA).  
  • An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Providence (PVD).
  • A novelty grenade lighter was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albany (ALB).


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 – One Airsoft gun was discovered in carry-on baggage this week at Roanoke (ROA). 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


Airsoft Gun (ROA)
Airsoft Gun (ROA)

 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags



Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) DFW, PHX, BHM, BNA, CMH, MCO, MDW, HTS, JAX
Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) EVV, SEA, MDW, BOI, ROA
Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) HOU, CRP, TUL, GEG, JAX, PHX, MSY, BNA


44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 39 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered.
*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.


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.



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, August 27, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - Download the MyTSA App Today



MyTSA Screenshots (Click to Enlarge)
MyTSA Screenshots (Click to Enlarge)
Today’s travel tip is to consider downloading the MyTSA App. Why? Why not? It is extremely helpful and it is free.


So why did TSA create an app? Here are several factors that convinced us that it would be a good idea:
 
Many travelers rely on mobile technology when they travel. Questions regularly pop up at the last minute when you are away from your laptop or home computer.



Questions such as:

  • What ID can I use?
  • I lost my ID, can I still fly?
  • Are there delays at the airport?
  • How long is the line at security?
  • What can I pack for my child?

TSA created the MyTSA app with all of these questions in mind. With the app, you have the following tools all within the reach of your smartphone:

  • Crowd-sourced wait times
  • Travel tips
  • Information on prohibited items and packing tips
  • Airport delays and weather
  • Contact Center information 

With ongoing feedback, our app keeps improving. Here are our latest updates:

  • The new home screen now includes buttons for the two most popular functions, “Can I Bring my __________” and wait times so you don’t have to navigate to get to them.
  • Streamlined navigation with one icon in the top left of the screen.  Just tap to see a menu of items on the app. 
  • For TSA Pre✓™ users – airports with TSA Pre✓™ are identified with the TSA Pre✓™  icon.  If you tap the icon, a pop-up box will note what checkpoint to go to for expedited screening and what airlines are operational with TSA Pre✓™ at that airport.

The app’s “Can I Bring my _________? ” feature enables you to type in a certain item to see if it’s permitted by TSA.  It has more than 3,500 items in the database, many submitted by passengers.  When using this feature on the app, after you type the first three letters of the word, you’ll see a pop-up menu of potential matches. Look for the item you want and click on it, or type the whole word and you’ll get an answer.  If you don’t get any options that pop up or get the “Item Not Found” response, it could be because you misspelled the word in the first three letters, or used unnecessary adjectives or qualifiers with the item. 

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the “Can I Bring.” tool: 

  • If you want to know if you can bring your knitting needles, you do not need to type “my knitting needles,” or include the brand name of the knitting needles, or how many knitting needles you are packing.  Just type “knitting needles.” If you’re packing toys, just type in “light saber” – no need for “my son’s light saber.”  (This happens quite a bit, and it will result in getting the “Item Not Found” response instead of the answer that light sabers are allowed.)
  • For liquids, you don’t have to type in the size of the container, such as “12 ounce bottle of shampoo.”  Just type “shampoo” and the answer will explain the rule for packing liquids, aerosols and gels tell you what you can bring through the checkpoint and what has to be packed in a checked bag.

Get the My TSA mobile app, available for iPhone on iTunes, Android on Google Play, and for other smartphones at www.tsa.gov/mobile 

Visit the TSA website to get the most up to date information before you travel: www.tsa.gov The TSA Blog:  http://blog.tsa.gov  


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Friday, August 23, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 33 Firearms Discovered This Week (30 Loaded)



Guns Discovered at (L-R) ABQ, MDW, MAF, SAT, CMH, GSO, PNS, ATL
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ABQ, MDW, MAF, SAT, CMH, GSO, PNS, ATL

33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 30 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.
 
(L-R) Knives Concealed in Filter (IAH), Knife Concealed in Lining of Bag (PHL), Hair Brush Knife (LAX), Comb Knife (MCO)
(L-R) Knives Concealed in Filter (IAH), Knife Concealed in Lining of Bag (PHL), Hair Brush Knife (LAX), Comb Knife (MCO)
Other prohibited items discovered –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 kitchen knives were discovered concealed in an automotive air filter box wrapped in plastic with the air filter at Houston Intercontinental (IAH).
  • A comb-knife was discovered at Orlando (MCO).
  • A brush knife was discovered at Los Angeles (LAX).
  • A 7½-inch knife was concealed under the lining of the bag at Philadelphia (PHL).

(L-R) Three Throwing Stars (BWI), One Throwing Star (EWR), Throwing Knives (EWR)
(L-R) Three Throwing Stars (BWI), One Throwing Star (EWR), Throwing Knives (EWR)
Stun Guns – Eight stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), and the others were found at Albuquerque (ABQ), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Orlando (MCO), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Diego (SAN), and Knoxville (TYS).
(L-R) Bear Mace (EWR), Airsoft Gun (BWI), Stun Gun (ABQ), Stun Gun (LAS)
(L-R) Bear Mace (EWR), Airsoft Gun (BWI), Stun Gun (ABQ), Stun Gun (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.

  • Four inert/novelty/replica grenades were discovered this week. Three were discovered in carry-on baggage at Baltimore (BWI), Minneapolis (MSP), and San Diego (SAN). One was discovered in checked baggage at Atlanta (ATL).
Grenades Discovered at (L-R) ATL, SAN, BWI
Grenades Discovered at (L-R) ATL, SAN, BWI

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 – One Airsoft gun was discovered in carry-on baggage this week at Norfolk (ORF). 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
 
Guns Discovered at (L-R) EUG, CHO, MSY, TYS, BOI, BIL, ABQ, ACT, DFW
Guns Discovered at (L-R) EUG, CHO, MSY, TYS, BOI, BIL, ABQ, ACT, DFW
33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 30 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered.
*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.

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.



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.



Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!







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