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.

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Again nothing at all found that needed a full body scanner. Useless!!

Anonymous said...

If you don't like TSA regs, don't fly. Pretty simple.

Anonymous said...

This week in review is incomplete. What have the VIPR teams done this week? What about your mission to secure the nation's transportation network?

This is simply an airport screening review, which apparently is the only element of the TSA worth reporting.

Congratulations. You have X-ray machines that can detect guns, and your staff were able to find some of them.

Lawrence said...

Who is dumb enough to carry an unloaded weapon? As a Marine (Korea) when I see a weapon I automatically assume it is loaded...and if it is in someone's hand....I assume they are dangerous and intend harm. The populace needs more education on the use of firearms...nothing more dangerous than a weapon in the hands of someone who does not know how to handle it.

Dr. Morrell

RB said...

Anonymous said...If you don't like TSA regs, don't fly. Pretty simple.August 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM..
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Statements like the above make it clear that TSA has no place in a free country.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
If you don't like TSA regs, don't fly. Pretty simple.

August 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM

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You should check out the blog post below this one. The TSA is searching people on trains and highways now too. It seems like there are fewer ways to avoid the TSA.

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said...

"If you don't like TSA regs, don't fly. Pretty simple."

or take a train, or drive, or maybe even walk, etc . . . TSA has always been all about the mission creep. The TSA of today is very different than the TSA of 10 years ago. This is not a good thing and they've gone far beyond aviation. To many of us seem to welcome the coming police state to keep us safe by any means necessary.

Anonymous said...

If you don't like TSA regs, don't fly. Pretty simple.

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Given the TSA personnel I encountered at the airport last week did not have enough respect for themselves to tie their own shoes, I think it's the TSA that should focus on their "regs" first. The TSA is a national disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Such a waste of taxpayer's money.

RB said...

Given the TSA personnel I encountered at the airport last week did not have enough respect for themselves to tie their own shoes, I think it's the TSA that should focus on their "regs" first. The TSA is a national disgrace.August 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

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This is what TSA means when they say TSA is a professional group.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, TSAnonymous. If you don't like freedom, don't fly.

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Beginning to doubt the Anonymous comments here, as well as if if is false that TSA employees are posting "hurray for the TSA".

This is partly true because of the off-topic comments posted in the blog/story aerosol cans.

More importantly, the blog about spray cans is false and IMO someone does not deserve continued employment.

Follow this; Some dumbbell writes a newspaper filler stating you should pour hot water into your kitchen sink to removed grease in the pipes. But talk to a plumber and U learn that the water cools and the fat redeposits further down the line, especially on cast iron. Hence, BAD ADVICE.

The FAA does not permit transportation of what Lisa says is OK. Spray paint; Hair spray; Aerosol bombs. Hence should we blieve we can not take photographs at the airport too?

Loved two comments about Security Threater, and, "... (it is) government policy, so it doesn't have to make sense." Does Congress really know what they created

GSOLTSO said...

CliffOnTheRoad sez - "The FAA does not permit transportation of what Lisa says is OK. Spray paint; Hair spray; Aerosol bombs. Hence should we blieve we can not take photographs at the airport too?"

Lisa mentioned nothing about spray paint or aerosol bombs, she merely explained the regulations on aerosols being transported and what was allowed. Larger toiletry aerosols are permitted in checked baggage, while smaller ones under the 3.4 oz size limit are permitted in carry on baggage. There is more information available here:
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/3-1-1-carry-ons

I hope that clarified what was covered in the original posting.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Lawrence said...
Who is dumb enough to carry an unloaded weapon? As a Marine (Korea) when I see a weapon I automatically assume it is loaded...and if it is in someone's hand....I assume they are dangerous and intend harm. The populace needs more education on the use of firearms...nothing more dangerous than a weapon in the hands of someone who does not know how to handle it.

Dr. Morrell

August 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

AMEN to that, Brother

Anonymous said...

How many people carry grenades (phony or otherwise) around in their baggage or person? I find it so difficult to accept that people can be that foolish...

For all the complaining I see here, when one goes through TSA security it is handled professionally and quickly. There are few TSA inspired gliches. I bet if the public were to vote on safety over real or imagined "rights" that safely would win almost unanimously.

Stephen Hearne said...

I feel it's important to remain vigilant about unauthorized carry-on items, or in checkined baggage.

So keep up the good work; just remember that your "workload" is mainly good citizens who just want to get from point A to point B. Please try to treat us with courtesy and respect and hopefully we all reciprocate-

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "How many people carry grenades (phony or otherwise) around in their baggage or person?"

As evidenced by these posts, there are more of them than you might think.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

What happens to the people who guns in their luggage? Its clear to me that these people should be treated as potential terrorists and should not be allowed on board their flight until they are cleared by the FBI.

Anonymous said...

"As evidenced by these posts, there are more of them than you might think."

And as evidenced by the total lack of indictments of these people, absolutely none of them are terrorists nor attempting to cause harm to anyone at all.

Anonymous said...

"I bet if the public were to vote on safety over real or imagined 'rights' that safely would win almost unanimously."

You think the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is imaginary?

No patriot would agree with your statement.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Lawrence said...
Who is dumb enough to carry an unloaded weapon? As a Marine (Korea) when I see a weapon I automatically assume it is loaded...and if it is in someone's hand....I assume they are dangerous and intend harm. The populace needs more education on the use of firearms...nothing more dangerous than a weapon in the hands of someone who does not know how to handle it.

Dr. Morrell

August 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

AMEN to that, Brother

August 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Bobbie always makes a point to number the weapons without a round chambered.


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


I have to ask why have a weapon it it is not ready for use?

Anonymous said...

Must be a TSAnonymous who thinks "safely" is more important than human and civil rights, to the point of calling rights to privacy, property, and person are "imaginary."

It's also sad to see the terrified Anonymous that thinks innocent people should be treated as terrorists.