Friday, September 13, 2013

TSA Week in Review: .25 Caliber Firearm Concealed in Carry-On Bag (27 Loaded Firearms Discovered This Week)



Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bag 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.

Loaded Gun
Loaded Gun Discovered at (CID)
  • A .25 caliber firearm loaded with 10 rounds was discovered hidden under the lining of a carry-on bag at Cedar Rapids (CID).
  • A knife-comb was discovered in a carry-on bag at Grand Rapids (GRR).
  • An 8-inch knife and a 6-inch knife were detected wrapped in plastic bags under a false bottom in a carry-on bag at Guam (GUM).

Knives Concealed in Baggage (GUM)
Knives Concealed in Baggage (GUM)
31 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 31 firearms, 27 were loaded and eight had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Loaded Gun (PNS)
Loaded Gun (PNS)
 Stun Guns –11 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at Boston (BOS),  Baltimore (BWI), Charleston (CHS), Greenville–Spartanburg (GSP), Las Vegas (LAS), Long Beach (LGB), Kansas City (MCI), Oakland (OAK), Norfolk (ORF), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), and Tulsa (TUL).

Stun Guns Discovered at (Left to Right) BOS, LAS, LGB, MCI, OAK, ORF, RDU, CHS, TUL
Stun Guns Discovered at (Left to Right) BOS, LAS, LGB, MCI, OAK, ORF, RDU, CHS, 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 replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Two novelty grenade lighters were discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Austin (AUS). Along with the grenades were a 5½-inch double-edged switchblade, brass knuckles, and a component for an AR-15. He was arrested on a state charge.
Items Discovered in Carry-on Bag (AUS)

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 - Left to Right) Machete (BWI), Kubaton w/ Blade (BNA), Kitchen Knife (AUS), Comb Knife (GRR)
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Machete (BWI), Kubaton w/ Blade (BNA), Kitchen Knife (AUS), Comb Knife (GRR)
Knives Discovered at BUR
Discovered at (BUR)

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right)  RDU, TUL, ATL, ATL, MCO, MEM, RNO, JAN, ATL
Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right)  RDU, TUL, ATL, ATL, MCO, MEM, RNO, JAN, ATL
Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) RDU, RDU, FLL, PHX, LAS, IAH, IAH
Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) RDU, RDU, FLL, PHX, LAS, IAH, IAH
Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) CHS, CLT, PHX
Firearms Discovered at (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) CHS, CLT, PHX
31 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 31 firearms, 27 were loaded and eight 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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21 comments:

Robert said...

A meat cleaver? Seriously?

Anonymous said...

As an Arizona civilian, I'm concerned with the amount of loaded guns identified in this post. Is it possible to better understand the mind set or reason given by the arms and weapon bearers why they attempted to travel with weapons?

Mike Black said...

Bob,

I get your email every week and it's always bewildering how so many people try to take weapons through the screening. Like the knives on today's, did they really think that wrapping them in plastic and hiding them would get them through screening? Are these people just not very bright or are they just trying to pull a fast one on the TSA screeners?

I have two handguns but I ALWAYS know where they are at. How can someone just say "I forgot it was in there?" I'm sure they did because they did have to pack their bags!

Thank you,
Mike Black, MD

Anonymous said...

Once again, none of the items shown requires a full body scanner to be detected. Please explain why you still use these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the kitchen knife was being carried by a chef that didn't want screeners to steal it from his checked luggage.

Again, no threats to aviation safety and all guns and knives would have been found with metal detectors.

Stop assaulting people and taking nude pictures of us simply for wanting to get on a plane! Stop stealing, breaking, and damaging our property!

It takes less time and effort to be polite and not violate our rights/property all with the same result because your entire screening process is smoke & mirrors.

Copy preserved.

Anonymous said...

"A lot of sharp pointy things."

We're paying billions of dollars every year for this sad joke of an agency, and this is the level of writing and professionalism we get?

Show us photos of the millions of (other) non-threats the TSA confiscates, like water, shampoo, etc., next to these pictures so we can see the full volume of confiscation by your screeners.

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Anonymous said...

Re: Mike Black,

Since TSA does not have the authority to interrogate (they can interview, however), passengers can always claim that they forget there is a gun inside their carry-on bags even if they purposely bring one for whatever reason. TSA's job is done upon the discovery of a firearm in a carry-on bag and to make sure there are no other prohibited items in the bag. The local law enforcement deal with the actual firearm, citation, and even the arrest of the passenger. The real truth is never known to TSA or to the public...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Maybe the kitchen knife was being carried by a chef that didn't want screeners to steal it from his checked luggage.

Again, no threats to aviation safety and all guns and knives would have been found with metal detectors.

Stop assaulting people and taking nude pictures of us simply for wanting to get on a plane! Stop stealing, breaking, and damaging our property!

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Maybe you should learn that the metal detector and the NON NAKED body scanner are used to screen PASSENGERS. Carry-on bags, where guns and knives are usually found, are screened by X-ray machines which no passengers go through.

Anonymous said...

If the airlines would stop charging for bags,I'm sure most would have been willing to check the bag, instead of hiding the weapon.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If the airlines would stop charging for bags,I'm sure most would have been willing to check the bag, instead of hiding the weapon.

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You are right in most cases. Southwest doesn't charge for 2 bags, yet, I've seen so many people flying Southwest refuse to check their bags (and their bags are big and bulky!) because they don't want to wait for their bags in baggage claim!

Anonymous said...

Bobby still has no comment on the felony theft ring run by TSA employees at DFW.

And he's still censoring comments asking about the felony theft ring run by TSA employees at DFW.

Because nothing says, "We're handling this professionally, transparently, and with integrity" than dodging the issue, pretending it doesn't exist, and refusing to allow the questions to be heard in the first place.

Honestly, Bobby, how do you justify your salary if you're unwilling to address the fact that so many of your fellow TSOs are being charged with felonies, misdemeanors, and other assorted malfeasance?

Melissa Newman said...

Regardless of regulations I just can't see why someone should try and board a plane with a loaded gun? Incredible.

Anonymous said...

Bob,

We're REALLY curious to see what you have to say about Nna Alpha Onuoha. You know, the screener at LAX who shamed a 15-year old girl in public for what she was wearing? The one there have been repeated questions about in the comments section of the blog that you've ignored?

The one that wrote that America would be "reduced to nothing" by events "greater than 9/11"?

Oh yeah. That guy.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fbi-arrests-tsa-worker-la-airport-threats-20221764

Somehow I don't think you'll be able to keep sweeping that issue under the rug. We're waiting for a response, Bob.

(Screenshot taken.)

Anonymous said...

Screenshot said....

We're REALLY curious to see what you have to say about Nna Alpha Onuoha.

If you would take the time to watch the news instead of bashing TSA, you would know that he has been arested and held without bail.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe you should learn that the metal detector and the NON NAKED body scanner are used to screen PASSENGERS."

Wrong. Millimeter wave scanners are used to create images of passengers' bodies underneath their close (i.e., NAKED images). Go read the comments on Docket TSA-2013-0004 at regulations.gov. Check out the information collected at epic.org, including body scanner specs that EPIC received in response to a FOIA request.

Anonymous said...

Dear News-Watching Anonymous,

Thanks for the pro tip, but I did see the updates about his case yesterday (if you took the time to look at the timestamp of my comment instead of bashing me, you'd see that it was posted well before that news was released).

I'm glad that this individual is being handled responsibly now that the U.S. attorneys and FBI are dealing with him. The question I have is why was this person being placed in a position of responsibility for the security of our nation? Did the TSA not have time to screen him properly? Did they not care? We're hearing about far to many of these sorts of cases in the news. They are no longer "outliers".

I appreciate that you're doing your best to keep us up on current events, but what we need to know is what happened with this case *three months* ago, when questions were being asked by the flying public... and when questions SHOULD have been asked by the TSA internally. Vague answers about "suspension" are inadequate.

This blog is supposed to be a forum for the TSA to inform us about important issues, not just a means for them to pat themselves on the back. What are they hiding by not commenting on this issue? What are *you* hiding by defending them?

Anonymous said...

No, Anonymous, we want to know what the TSA, Nna's employer, has to say about him and recent events.

It looks like Nna had a week's suspension for rudely shaming a minor teen while on the taxpayer's dime. That is good, but we didn't read it here on this blog.

But what about everything else? We doubt we'll hear anything about Nna, the alien smuggler, the self-congratulatory Newark "investigation report, and all of the dozens and hundreds of other issues that can and should be addressed by this blog.

I, for one, know information can be posted about such incidents without revealing personal, human resources - level info, but this blog won't do it.

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Anonymous said...

It is insane to see this happening around us, and gun carrier should know that not everyone will feel comfortable seeing guns and dangerous weapons at the airport. Good job, TSA Officers, I love your vigilance and I think such carriers should be prosecuted by law.

Unknown said...

The TSA @ DTW had my nephew ARRESTED last week for mistakenly packing a 5-point star in his carry-on. He couldn't send the item home or check it in as they do with many prohibited items. Instead-arrest, threat of 1 yr in jail and hefty fines by both TSA and local police.

Of course, they understood that he merely made a mistake in packing, as they let him fly to his destination - so the excuse of them trying to catch "the bad guys" won't fly in this instance (excuse the pun).

Let's call this what it is: a shakedown. A new way to collect revenue at a very intimidating juncture during travel, where any misstep can land you in jail or worse.

Granted that he may not have known the rules of flying. But what we in the industry all know - is that barely anyone does know the rules, outside of the industry and the frequent flyer demographic. People unwittingly packing prohibited items in carry-ons has been happening for decades. While I appreciate the difficult job TSA needs to do, and am grateful for their service, no one can tell me this is proper "security." This is a revenue stream, based on preying on the un-knowledgable traveler and it's just not right.

Anonymous said...

I want to say Thank you to all the TSA workers at the check in points across America. Thank you for checking our bags and thank you for keeping me and other's a little bit safer. Now can you figure out a way to keep the baggage checkers from taking our stuff.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"I want to say Thank you to all the TSA workers at the check in points across America. Thank you for checking our bags and thank you for keeping me and other's a little bit safer."

Except, you know, they don't actually keep you any safe. Experts argue that they actually make you LESS safe.

"Now can you figure out a way to keep the baggage checkers from taking our stuff."

Or were you being facetious above? ;)