Friday, September 27, 2013

TSA Week in Review: Blasting Cap Discovered, 30 Loaded Guns, and Other Notable Items



Blasting Cap Discovered at MHK
Blasting Cap Discovered at MHK
Blasting Cap Discovered – A blasting cap was discovered along with an M60 fuse lighter in a passenger’s checked bag at the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) in Kansas.



Loaded Gun Discovered at HOU
Loaded Gun Discovered at HOU
33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 30 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.



Bag Catches Fire in Atlantic City - This week at Atlantic City (ACY) a traveler’s checked bag blew open with three foot high flames and smoke. The cause? A large leaking can of hairspray was ignited by the spark of a lighter when the bag was loaded onto the rollers. No one was injured.


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 16-inch sword was found concealed inside the cane of a traveler at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • A 2-foot sword was detected concealed in the cane of a Long Beach (LGB) passenger.
  • A brush dagger was discovered at Philadelphia (PHL)

(Left to Right) Stun Guns Discovered at ATL, JAX, AXA, LAS, SAN, TUL, ATL, SGF
(Left to Right) Stun Guns Discovered at ATL, JAX, AXA, LAS, SAN, TUL, ATL, SGF
Stun Guns –Nine stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), and one was discovered at each of the following airports:  Baltimore (BWI), Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), Jacksonville (JAX), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN), Springfield-Branson (SGF), and Tulsa (TUL).



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. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A large plastic bag containing two inert smoke grenades and a six ounce inert container of police mace was discovered in checked baggage at Denver (DEN).

Inert Grenades (DEN)
Inert Grenades (DEN)
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…


(Left to Right - Top to Bottom) Cleaver (BWI), Brush Dagger (PHL), Large Knife (SAN)
(Left to Right - Top to Bottom) Cleaver (BWI), Brush Dagger (PHL), Large Knife (SAN)

 (Left to Right - Top to Bottom) Three Knives (PHL), Multiple Knives (BWI), Credit Card Knife (BWI), Throwing Knives (SAN), Switchblade (BWI)
(Left to Right - Top to Bottom) Three Knives (PHL), Multiple Knives (BWI), Credit Card Knife (BWI), Throwing Knives (SAN), Switchblade (BWI)
Airsoft Guns – An Airsoft gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at Appleton (ATW). 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


(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Firearms Discovered at AUS, AUS, ATL, DTW, FLL, MAF, SMF, OKC, STL
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Firearms Discovered at AUS, AUS, ATL, DTW, FLL, MAF, SMF, OKC, STL
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Firearms Discovered at JAX, ATL, DTW, HOU, IND, SJU, FLL
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Firearms Discovered at JAX, ATL, DTW, HOU, IND, SJU, FLL

33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 30 were loaded and 13 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, September 24, 2013

TSA Travel Tips Tuesday - Traveling With Medication



Photo Courtesy of NIH - medication in pill or solid form
Photo Courtesy of NIH
One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication.” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers. Here are a few tips that you might find helpful.

  • You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.
  • Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
  • You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.
  • TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.
  • Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for an inspection instead. This request must be made before any items are sent through the X-ray tunnel.


For more information, you can contact:


  • The Contact Center hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Eastern time; weekends and federal holidays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Eastern time. The TCC can be reached at 866-289-9673. Passengers can also reach out to the TSA Contact Center (TCC) with questions about TSA procedures, upcoming travel or to provide feedback or voice concerns.
  • Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free 855-787-2227, 72 hours prior to traveling with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. A TSA Cares helpline representative is available during all TSA Contact Center hours.

See you next Tuesday with more travel tips! Until then, check out some of our previous Travel Tips Tuesday posts if you haven’t already.

























Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

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Friday, September 20, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 46 Firearms Discovered This Week (40 Loaded)



 
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
46 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 46 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

(Left to Right) Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Belt Buckle Knife (DEN), Credit Card Knife (ABQ)
(Left to Right) Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Belt Buckle Knife (DEN), Credit Card Knife (ABQ)
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 hairbrush dagger was discovered at Phoenix-Mesa (AZA).
  • Two credit card knives were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ) this week.
  • A 2½-inch knife was detected concealed in a cane at Cleveland (CLE).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Denver (DEN).

(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Mace (MDW), Brush Dagger (AZA), Peplica Clock Revolver (SEA)
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Mace (MDW), Brush Dagger (AZA), Peplica Clock Revolver (SEA)
Stun Guns21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Albuquerque (ABQ), two at Huntsville (HSV), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Salt Lake City (SLC), and one at each at Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Birmingham  (BHM), Fayetteville (FAY), New Castle (ILG), New Orleans (MSY), Sacramento (SMF), San Diego (SAN), and San Francisco (SFO).

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Stun Guns Discovered at  ABQ, DEN, BWI, LAS, SMF, ABQ, SAN, SLC, MSY, LAS, FAY
(Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Stun Guns Discovered at  ABQ, DEN, BWI, LAS, SMF, ABQ, SAN, SLC, MSY, LAS, FAY
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. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A plastic replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).
  • An inert grenade was detected in checked baggage at Philadelphia (PHL)

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…

(Top to Bottom) Throwing Knives (LAX), Sword Cane (CLE), Sword Cane (SLC), Knife (LAX)
(Top to Bottom) Throwing Knives (LAX), Sword Cane (CLE), Sword Cane (SLC), Knife (LAX)
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
 (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at BNA, ATL, DAL, DFW, ATL, MIA, TPA, SAT
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at BNA, ATL, DAL, DFW, ATL, MIA, TPA, SAT
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at SDF, MIA, MIA, ICT, BOI, JAX, LAS, MLU, SEA, IAH
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at SDF, MIA, MIA, ICT, BOI, JAX, LAS, MLU, SEA, IAH
 (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at TUL, JAX, HOU, IAH, LBB, SDF, PHX, PDX, TUL
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at TUL, JAX, HOU, IAH, LBB, SDF, PHX, PDX, TUL

46 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 46 firearms, 40 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.

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!


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