Friday, August 9, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 77 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Two Weeks – Plus a Few Other Interesting Items



Loaded Gun (MCO)
Loaded Gun (MCO)
77 Firearms Discovered Over the Past Two Weeks – Of the 77 firearms, 69 were loaded and 21 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R)   BOI, DAL, DEN, LAS, LAS, LAS, SAN,   SFO, SFO, SLC, STL
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) BOI, DAL, DEN, LAS, LAS, LAS, SAN, SFO, SFO, SLC, STL
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R)   ABE, DEN, ESC, IAD, IAD, MFR, SAN,   SEA, SFO, TYS
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) ABE, DEN, ESC, IAD, IAD, MFR, SAN, SEA, SFO, TYS
27 Stun Guns –stun guns were discovered in the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Five were discovered at San Diego (SAN), three at Denver (DEN), three at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Washington Dulles (IAD), and one each at Allentown (ABE), Atlanta (ATL), Boise (BOI), Dallas/Love (DAL), Jacksonville (JAX),  Los Angeles (LAX), Medford (MFR), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO),  Seattle (SEA),  St. Louis (STL), Delta County (ESC), Tri Cities (TRI), and Westchester (HPN).  

Shot Gun In Checked Golf Bag   (DTW), Pellet Pistol (DCA), Flare   Guns Discovered at (L-R) (PDX) and   (LIH), Brass Knuckles Between Cell   Phones (MCO)
Shot Gun In Checked Golf Bag (DTW), Pellet Pistol (DCA), Flare Guns Discovered at (L-R) (PDX) and (LIH), Brass Knuckles Between Cell Phones (MCO)
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 the past two weeks where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • Brass knuckles taped between two cell phones were discovered at Orlando (MCO).
  • A credit card knife was discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ).
  • A credit card knife was discovered at Charlotte (CLT).
  • A credit card knife was discovered at Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A 3½-inch knife was discovered in the waistline of an Albuquerque (ABQ) passenger during a pat down.
  • A cane sword was discovered at Washington Dulles (IAD).
  • An anomaly was detected in a checked bag at St. Thomas (STT). After inspecting the bag, 2.2 kilograms of cocaine were discovered concealed inside candles. We’re not looking for drugs, but powder inside what should be a solid wax candle does call for additional scrutiny. This is just another example of how our technology can spot anomalies and keep the flying public safe.

Knives Discovered at (L-R) BUR,   AUS, IAD, IAD, IAD, JFK, AUS, ABQ,   MLI
Knives Discovered at (L-R) BUR, AUS, IAD, IAD, IAD, JFK, AUS, ABQ, MLI
Knives Discovered at (L-R) AUS,   CLT, FLL, SAN, LAX, IAD
Knives Discovered at (L-R) AUS, CLT, FLL, SAN, LAX, IAD
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 Discovered at (L-R)   PSP, HNL, PHX, DEN, BUR, BDL
Airsoft Guns Discovered at (L-R) PSP, HNL, PHX, DEN, BUR, BDL
Airsoft Guns – Six Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on baggage over the last two weeks at Bradley (BDL), Burbank (BUR), Denver (DEN), Honolulu (HNL), Palm Springs (PSP), and Phoenix (PHX). 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 over the Last Two Weeks in Carry-On Bags


Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) FLL, DEN, DEN, FLL, FWA, JAN, ATL
Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) MCO, AVL, IAH, SJC, LAS, JAN, PHX
Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ABQ, RDU, SAN, RDU, TPA, PIT, RSW
Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) ANC, BNA, IAH, BWI, GSP, MFE, TYS, ATL, IAH
Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) MSY, PBI, ABQ, HOU, AMA, LIT, PHX, IAD
Loaded Guns Discovered at Checkpoints
Guns Discovered at (L-R) MSY, PDX
77 Firearms Discovered Over the Past Two Weeks – Of the 77 firearms, 69 were loaded and 21 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.


Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

And absolutely nothing found with naked body scanners. Why won't you admit they're pointless and make no one safer, Curtis?

Anonymous said...

Ah, you had to wait 2 weeks to get a "good" number of non-threats to post and hope we'd forget the recent GAO report about TSA employee misconduct.

We haven't, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Bob,

You said,"We’re not looking for drugs, but powder inside what should be a solid wax candle does call for additional scrutiny. This is just another example of how our technology can spot anomalies and keep the flying public safe."

No, those concealed drugs were not a threat to aviation safety. Any govt employee should report to law enforcement (which TSA is not) if they see an illegal act or item. Nothing your screeners did made flights leaving from that airport safer. Why shrilly crow about doing something very, very ordinary that is done by every other govt employee and proclaim the flying public is "safer" when it simply is not?

Anonymous said...

I thought some of the knives were going to be allowed to be carried onto planes. Why are you still confiscating them? There is no way anybody is taking over a plane with a knife anymore. I think the rest of the world allows some of these knives to be carried on. Why does the TSA insist on confiscating the knives that are allowed around the world?

Susan Richart said...

Really, Bob. Candles filled with cocaine in check bags? So either drug-sniffing dogs found the coke or the airport uses CTX to screen all baggage. Whichever method found them, the drugs were not a threat to the plane.

Even if the candles had been C4 in “disguise” they could not have been used without a detonator.

When you find C4 candles with detonators, then come back to us bragging about your big catch. Until then, Bob, the TSA is only made to look foolish by claiming coke as a big catch.

Screen shot/DHS OIG

RB said...

Is the TSA Blog's "Oh Boy, Look What We Found" now going to be a bi-weekly post?

You TSA types still haven't figured out that this post really doesn't make TSA look good but actually makes TSA look like a little petty organization that has to pat itself on the back.

Shame the TSA Blog, a tax money wasting operation, wasn't just shut down.

Anonymous said...

Why do you need invasive, slow, demeaning and obviously useless body scanners again?

Anonymous said...

Bobby--

I see you're still unwilling to comment on the GAO report showing that the TSA lacks accountability and fails to properly investigate itself when its employees engage in misconduct.

Any reason you're avoiding the topic? Any reason you're censoring posts that ask about this? Any reason you're censoring posts asking for a comment on other issues you've resolutely ignored?

Come on, Bobby-- you're supposed to be engaging the public. Don't shy away from the issues.

RB said...

Come on, Bobby-- you're supposed to be engaging the public. Don't shy away from the issues.

August 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

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Bobby can't address the issues, that would require honesty. Something completely missing at TSA.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "I thought some of the knives were going to be allowed to be carried onto planes."

That was originally the plan proposed by Administrator Pistole, however, after further review it was never implemented. As of now, knives of any kind are still a prohibited item in carryon baggage. Maybe in the future, the proposed changes will be reconsidered as part of the risk based screening programs.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

GSOLTSO said...

"Maybe in the future, the proposed changes will be reconsidered as part of the risk based screening programs."

West,

If it were truly risk-based and not emotional-based, we both know that knives would, indeed, be allowed at this point, right? The decision not to implement this change was based on fear and emotion, and nothing more.

Anonymous said...

If anything TSA did were truly risk-based, we'd have no naked body scanners, no shoe carnival, no liquids farce, no behavior detection voodoo, no ID checks...

Anonymous said...

I actually supported the TSA *gasp* in lifting the stupid knife ban. Unfortunately, the flight attendants and some of the public actually bought TSA's "OH MY GOD!! TERRORISTS ARE EVERYWHERE!! bravo sierra line.

We reap what you sowed, TSA.

Anonymous said...

To put the "77" weapons allegedly found in the past fourteen days by TSA, let's look at the numbers:

1,700,000 flyers per day x 14 days = 23,800,000 butts in seats on planes. Some, of course, will be the same butt, but every flight is a chance for someone to carry on a weapon (OOH!)

TSA only finds 30% of the weapons actually carried by flyers on planes. Figure another 179 weapons (absolutely not proven to be a threat to aviation safety) actually made it on flights.

NOTE: No planes fell out of the sky in the past 14 days.

You don't need to be terrified of "FLYERS WITH WEAPONS!!!" despite TSA's screams.

Basically 1 out of every 100,000 people try to carry a weapon onto plane. 70% of that 1% do.

None have been proven to be threats to aviation safety.

This is why planes aren't falling out of the sky.

(screenshot)

@SkyWayManAz said...

GSOLTSO said...

"That was originally the plan proposed by Administrator Pistole, however, after further review it was never implemented. As of now, knives of any kind are still a prohibited item in carryon baggage. Maybe in the future, the proposed changes will be reconsidered as part of the risk based screening programs.

West
TSA Blog Team"

West I do feel the need to point out that while this has been mentioned in all major media outlets the very last word on this the official TSA Blog was that they would be allowed. I can appreciate the policy reversal probably has a lot of TSA employees including Bob flustered. That's unfortunate if the reversal left you guys feeling uncomfortable but your fingers inside my underwear make me uncomfortable too. It needed to be addressed here as the official source in an official capacity and it never was.

Anonymous said...

All of these items can be found by a metal detector, or they were found in checked bags. So why do we have whole body imagers taking photos under our clothes?

RB said...

@SkyWayManAz said...
GSOLTSO said...

"That was originally the plan proposed by Administrator Pistole, however, after further review it was never implemented. As of now, knives of any kind are still a prohibited item in carryon baggage. Maybe in the future, the proposed changes will be reconsidered as part of the risk based screening programs.

West
TSA Blog Team"

West I do feel the need to point out that while this has been mentioned in all major media outlets the very last word on this the official TSA Blog was that they would be allowed. I can appreciate the policy reversal probably has a lot of TSA employees including Bob flustered. That's unfortunate if the reversal left you guys feeling uncomfortable but your fingers inside my underwear make me uncomfortable too. It needed to be addressed here as the official source in an official capacity and it never was.

August 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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Nothing gets discussed here except thing that make TSA look golden.

TSA make look golden but its for another reason.

Anonymous said...

I'm more than a little surprised that there is not one, single positive comment about the TSA. Not because I agree with what the TSA does; in fact, I am 100% against the TSA. But rather, this is the TSA's blog, is it not? Where are all of the safe fliers commenting and thanking the TSA for doing their jobs so well?

We need to eliminate the TSA.

E.R.E. MT1 (SS) USN (Retired) said...

OK I will post a positive comment: Thanks TSA employees for doing all you do and putting up with those passengers that just don't seem to get it and still greet me with a pleasent hello. The TSA is not a necessary evil but is necessary because of the evil in the world today. I believe they should confiscate all contraband regardless (powder inside a wax candle sounds like a good delivery method for weaponized antrax) and as for carrying knives onboard an aircraft I have one question, what on earth do you need a knife for on an aircraft? All we need is a knife fight to breakout between two passengers arguing over the arm rest between them. I for one do not want Darwin Award Winners carrying weapons on any flight I am on. The only thing missing from the report of items seized are pictures with names of the persons caught. While I do not agree with all the TSA policies and yes some are based on the emotional needs of some, but some people don't always think logically (as evidenced by some of the previous post on this blog)and need that emotional reassurance. Again, thanks and keep up the good work see you on next flight.

Anonymous said...

"...and as for carrying knives onboard an aircraft I have one question, what on earth do you need a knife for on an aircraft?"

Possibly you need it at your destination? Possibly you need a multi-tool to do things like fix your eyeglasses?

"All we need is a knife fight to breakout between two passengers arguing over the arm rest between them."

Said passengers could attack each other with pens, pencils, knitting needles, stiletto heels, broken liquor mini-bottles, the broken handle of a carry-on bag, various items purchased in the terminal shops, and, of course, fists and feet. TSA's job is preventing hijackings, not protecting individual people from each other. You realize a fight could break out between strangers anywhere, right? Church, the grocery store, a waiting room, a restaurant, a party, etc. Should the government prohibit people from carrying knives in those places, too?

Anonymous said...

Even the TSA knows small pocketknives aren't threats to flights.

One could open a package or cut a loose thread or cut out a magazine article or cut some food or use a knife for the millions of things people use pocketknives for.

Now that we have that out of the way...

Treating every flyer like a criminal solely to make a few people feel safe is bad policy.

Law Enforcement Wife said...

Thank you for doing your job to keep people safe. How quickly we have forgotten the tragedy of 9/11. The people complaining and harassing obviously did not suffer a loss in that tragedy and it appears they were not impacted by it as well.

Anonymous said...

Law E. Wife said, "How quickly we have forgotten the tragedy of 9/11. The people complaining and harassing obviously did not suffer a loss in that tragedy and it appears they were not impacted by it as well."


You make too many assumptions in an effort to support the TSA.

Don't attempt to negatively label people to prove your point. All you do is show how little you know about the people who hold freedom, privacy, & our Constitution dear.

Wintermute said...

Law Enforcement Wife said...
"Thank you for doing your job to keep people safe. How quickly we have forgotten the tragedy of 9/11. The people complaining and harassing obviously did not suffer a loss in that tragedy and it appears they were not impacted by it as well."

Actually, I know of lots of victims' families who are even more opposed to the TSA than I am (and that's saying a lot), so you may want to get some facts on your side before making such a broad statement.