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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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

And as always, absolutely nothing found with your wsteful, untested, invasive, and disgusting naked body scanners.

T M Vice said...

The parade of morons continues. How about details on penalties-jail time, actual fine dollar amount for each weapon seized-maybe the word will spread

CommonwealthT said...

Great Job to all you at TSA. Thanks From TAB in Virginia

CommonwealthT said...

Thanks to all TSA members from other LEO's

Anonymous said...

It is hard to believe that these people who try to carry firearms onto an airplane , are doing this unintentional! They know it is illegal to do this!, they are trying to get away with it, and they are not innocent forgetful idiots! They should be be questioned throughly and and their firearms confiscated, and miss their flight at the least, with no refund!

Anonymous said...

You know they now have over 5 years of field usage, there is no nudity involved, and your argument is becoming old and tired.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks to another anonymous poster, I am not the first here to point out that your weekly list again includes nothing that requires the expensive, invasive, slow and obviously ineffective full body scanner.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"You know they now have over 5 years of field usage, there is no nudity involved, and your argument is becoming old and tired. "

Actually, there's been no study and just because it displays the cartoon image doesn't mean it doesn't do nude imaging. The agruement might be old, but it's still valid. Your argument also doesn't address how slow and ineffective they are.

Anonymous said...

Commonwealth T, if you were real law enforcement, you'd know TSA screeners are simply civilian gov't employees.

Anonymous <3, as a TSA employee, you know no studies have been run and you know the nudiescope scanners can and do produce and store nude pictures of passengers, including girls and boys in their early teens.

Pics of the low res versions of the scan are available on this blog and the ability to produce and store images was in the RFP sent to manufacturers.

TM Vice (Don Johnson?), you can find the lack of prison time and the absence of TSA fines in the local public records for the people who brought guns & knives into the screening area. Luckily for many, stupidity, forgetfulness, and irresponsibility are not capital crimes.

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Anonymous said...

"You know they now have over 5 years of field usage, there is no nudity involved, and your argument is becoming old and tired."

Saying that the scanners are great because they've been in use for a few years isn't much of an argument. Perhaps you should offer some proof of their effectiveness over that time?

I'm rather tired of TSA's continuing refusal to provide proof of effectiveness. Put the data out there, TSA, and let the public and the scientific community review it.

Anonymous said...

"Thanks to all TSA members from other LEO's"

Umm...TSA agents aren't LEOs anymore than the people at mall security are not LEOs. This entire experiment has been a bizarre failure and whoever runs the communications side of this agency is terrible at it.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if these guns are destroyed, or only confiscated until the owner returns to claim them after their flight / trip? Just curious, but selling them might offer a partial revenue recovery for the TSA...

Fred Klein said...

Anonymous said...
there is no nudity involved

Not real-life nudity. Well, that is, if you completely ignore the numerous examples of people who have been forced to remove or pull down/up clothing by the screeners over the years.

Like this guy, forced to drop his pants': http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/walker66/drop-the-pants.jpg

Or the three elderly women in this article: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-12-05/travel/fl-tsa-strip-searches-20111205_1_tsa-officers-secondary-screenings-jetblue-flight


or the lady in this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/texas-grandmother-humiliated-tsa-strip-search_n_1686533.html

...But, yeah, if you ignore all of those cases, there is no nudity involved.

Anonymous said...

The naked body scanners have been decommisioned at this point and they are back to the backscatter ones. I agree that whatever kind of full body scanner they use, they may still not be 100% effective, but I still think they are on the right track.

Anonymous said...

My issue with the scanners is not the privacy issue because they have installed the cartoon image instead of the nude image. I'm not concerned about the health risks of the MMW machines. I wouldn't get in one of the backscatter machines due to the x-rays, but they seem to be phased out.

My issue with the scanners is that they are slow and ineffective. They are much slower than a metal detector. There are way too many false positives with them too. If you stand outside security at an airport, you will see many people getting patted down with nothing being found on their bodies. You can find many articles online about other countries not using the scanners because they have a high false positive rate or they don't detect items in tests. There are even videos online showing a guy carrying a metal box through the scanner, something that would have been caught by the metal detector.

Speaking of metal detectors, almost all of the items found weekly are found with the metal detectors and x-ray machines that have been used for decades. The scanners seem to be a colossal waste of money with little added security benefit.

Anonymous said...

If you anonymous types actually want to make a difference, you should probably check the concealed carry training for the states with the highest number of incidents. Send the results to your lawmakers to modify the training program. What I found interesting were the two at Midway since Illinois concealed carry hasn't even been implemented yet, and you won't be able to carry in airports even after implementation. Hopefully that will be in the Illinois training program.

Falcon-One said...

My issue with the scanners is that they are slow and ineffective.
I fail to understand this statement above. It only takes 5 to 7 seconds to perform the scan, this is from entering the machine to leaving the officer. How is this slow? I can’t even print out my boarding pass that fast. And ineffective, you’re wrong there too. I’ve watched people go through the machine and they have to be patted down in the areas that did not remove their STUFF from their pockets, because they don’t follow instructions. The officers inform you to “Remove EVERYTHING from your pockets, you belt, your shoes”, simple enough for me. If you follow the instructions, 5 to 7 seconds is nothing.

Anonymous said...

"There are way too many false positives with them too."

Indeed, they have a false positive rate of 100%. Note that Curtis never points to a single thing found with them most weeks, and when he does, it's always something that would have been found by a WTMD.

Anonymous said...

The scanners seem ineffective to me because of the false alarms. It's not just people leaving things in their pockets either. Although the scanner alarming for a tissue in the pocket makes me question its usefulness. There are plenty of reports of the scanners alarming on pleats in clothing or sweat. My wife had the scanner alarm on her hair. She didn't have any hair clips or pins in there and her hair wasn't particularly long or thick. The screener patted her hair down even though it too short to actually conceal anything.

The scanners are much slower than the metal detectors. Even if it is only 5-7 seconds to scan, that takes more time than the metal detector. Plus the prep time to get to the scanner is longer since everything has to be removed from the pockets. Multiply that extra time by thousands of people at a busy airport each day and that is significant.

For what the scanners cost in time and money, I just don't see that the added security benefit, if any, is worth it.

Anonymous said...

"The naked body scanners have been decommisioned at this point and they are back to the backscatter ones..."

Backscatter scanners ARE naked body scanners. Research, people!

"...It only takes 5 to 7 seconds to perform the scan, this is from entering the machine to leaving the officer. How is this slow?"

Add in the resolution patdowns. Remember, this is a device that will alarm on lint and sweat. The metal detector alarms only on metal.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The scanners are much slower than the metal detectors. Even if it is only 5-7 seconds to scan, that takes more time than the metal detector.

It takes on average 3 seconds to walk through the WTMD, are you really going to complain about 2 seconds. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Hey TSAnonymous, why are ignoring the additional time taken while the naked pic MMW scanner generates the mysteriously arms down outline image, plus the time it takes for the screener to unnecessarily touch the passenger?

WTMD doesn't take and store naked pics of people and doesn't false alarm on screenprinted shirts, hair, sweat, kleenex, non-metallic medical devices, physical abnormalities, etc.

WWMD plus the hand wands are affordable, proven technology that if used properly by screeners who don't discriminate or use in a power-mad way will allow passengers a little more privacy while the TSA continues to waste taxpayer dollars on security theater.

Screen pic taken

Anonymous said...

For all those who advocate getting rid of the scanners and just use walk through metal detectors......

What's going to catch plastic explosives at the checkpoint?

Anonymous said...

"What's going to catch plastic explosives at the checkpoint?"

Who's bringing plastic explosives to the airport in the first place? Is it worth traumatizing and abusing the rights of 99.99999999% of travelers to find an extremely rare would-be bomber at the security checkpoint? And if TSA happens to find the bomber at the checkpoint, what's to stop him/her from setting off the bomb at the checkpoint upon discovery?

We need a much smarter system!

By the way, body scanners are not reliable. Look up Jon Corbett's video, for example. Look up the international statistics on false positives.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever ran a red light? It is illegal too but people do it everyday and I bet you have. Does that me your car should be confiscated and not returned

Anonymous said...

The guy in Buf $3000 fine. No jailtime. Was arrest disordly conduct. Fine coming on that charge

Anonymous said...

Guys, calm down. No system is 100% effective. A system that is less than 100% effective is still effective. If you don't like the body scans, opt out or drive. This was forced on us not by the government but by terrorists. Be mad at them. And as to people bringing prohibited items on board, I'll bet 99% of those were accidental. I've seen passengers weeping as their liquids - just purchased - were thrown out because they didn't understand. It happens. If you have never made a mistake, forgotten something, or misunderstood - good for you. The rest of us are mere mortals. Expecting perfection out of the machines or people is unrealistic.

Anonymous said...

Where's my reply to TSAnonymous' "calm down" post?

Wintermute said...

TSAnonymous said...

"If you don't like the body scans, opt out or drive. This was forced on us not by the government but by terrorists"

So, I can have naked pics taken, or be sexually abused? Those are my only options I have if I was to exercise my Constitutional right to travel by air?

And the second part? When did the terrorists demand this? I don't seem to recall that.

George Fredlund said...

People waiting for the body scan would be a lot happier if the sides on the machine randomly closed and five dollar bills floated around the subject in a cash grab for say, 15 seconds.

A little creativity is a good thing, yes?

Anonymous said...

Hey TSAnonymous, maybe the flying public will "calm down" when the TSA stops harassing, molesting, and stealing from us.

The blame is fully on the TSA and their insane rules. Around the world, in places where violence and terrorism has occurred for YEARS, flyers are treated with respect and dignity.

We haven't given up our rights, our privacy, and our property, no matter how invasive and intrusive the TSA gets.

Now, you can calm down and start treating the flying public right.

Anonymous said...

I am still looking through the constitution for the right to travel by air. Is that in the bill of rights. Perhaps I missed it

Anonymous said...

I am still looking for that Constitutional Right to Travel by Air.

Oh yeah, there is none. Its a privilege that you may take advantage of IF, and only IF, you elect to comply with the rules and purchase a ticket.

There is no requirement that you travel by air. Complaining must be cathartic to many.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"I am still looking for that Constitutional Right to Travel by Air.

"Oh yeah, there is none. Its a privilege that you may take advantage of IF, and only IF, you elect to comply with the rules and purchase a ticket. "

Actually, anonymous, you are wrong. While the Constitution does not specify what means of travel are guaranteed, case law does. Try looking there, and you'll find it.