Friday, September 6, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (30 Loaded)



Loaded Gun Discovered at ORF
Loaded Gun Discovered at ORF
34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 30 were loaded and eight had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

 (L-R) Knife Concealed Under Lining of Bag (CLE), Knife Discovered COncealed in Small of Back (BUR), Credit Caard Knife (ABQ)
(L-R) Knife Concealed Under Lining of Bag (CLE), Knife Discovered COncealed in Small of Back (BUR), Credit Caard 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 credit card knife was discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ).
  • A folding knife was discovered concealed in the lower back area of a passenger who alarmed the advanced imaging technology at Burbank (BUR).
  • A knife was found concealed in the lining of a bag at Cleveland (CLE).
  • A stun gun disguised to look like a smart phone was discovered in carry-on bag at Billings (BIL).

Stun Guns discovered at (L-R) ATL, ATL, BIL, DEN, JAX, MDW, ORD, RDU, SAN
Stun Guns discovered at (L-R) ATL, ATL, BIL, DEN, JAX, MDW, ORD, RDU, SAN
Stun Guns –12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Atlanta (ATL) and the other ten were discovered at Billings (BIL), Nashville (BNA), Denver (DEN), Jacksonville (JAX), Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), San Diego (SAN), Baltimore (BWI), and Sacramento (SMF).
 
Inert Grenade Discovered at ORD
Inert Grenade Discovered at ORD
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 and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Two replica grenades were discovered in carry-on baggage at Phoenix (PHX). One was a belt buckle, and the other was a gear shift knob.
  • An inert grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).  

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…

Survival Knife and Firework-type Large Smoke Grenades (PWM)
Survival Knife and Firework-type Large Smoke Grenades in Carry-on at PWM
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Knives Discovered at LGA, EWR, BUR, BNA, JFK
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Knives Discovered at LGA, EWR, BUR, BNA, JFK
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
 
(L-R / Top to Bottom) Guns Discovered at MYR, ATL, AUS, BNA, CLT, LYH, PBI, PDX, PHX, SMF
(L-R / Top to Bottom) Guns Discovered at MYR, ATL, AUS, BNA, CLT, LYH, PBI, PDX, PHX, SMF
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Guns Discovered at DFW [last week], PNS, CHA, IAH, PHX, MCI, ATL
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Guns Discovered at DFW [last week], PNS, CHA, IAH, PHX, MCI, ATL
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Guns Discovered at BNA, LAX, CLT, FLL, FLL, RDU
(Top to Bottom / L-R) Guns Discovered at BNA, LAX, CLT, FLL, FLL, RDU
34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 30 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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14 comments:

Fred Klein said...

Any comment on the 8 TSA agents suspended today (9/6) for using/selling STOLEN parking passes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport???


... of course not.

Anonymous said...

How's my sword canes does TSA find in a year?

Anonymous said...

The laundry list of TSA personnel being arrested for unlawful behavior just keeps growing; the DFW parking scandal is only one recent example. Why would any law-abiding American provide personal information to the TSA (for TSA-Pre) when TSA employees are constantly in the news regarding unethical and illegal behavior?

Anonymous said...

Bobby still refuses to comment on the TSA's blatant refusal to follow its own policies regarding medical liquids and disabled travelers.

And, while Bobby made a brief reference to the TSA's comment period for "proposed rulemaking" on the naked scanners, he still hasn't commented on why the TSA felt entitled to ignore two federal court orders instructing it to hold the comment period. The TSA only complied after serious threats from the federal judiciary.

Any comment on those issues, Bobby?

Please, we want to know why it's not the TSA's fault that y'all are incapable of following the law.

Still waiting for a response, Bobby.

Anonymous said...

How about posting pictures of the folks who were charged with bringing in weapons on their person, and/or in their carry-ons? (and perhaps name, hometown, and employer)?

At the very least, the rest of us could move over to another lane, if we recognize them in the future.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is complaining about medical liquiods at SFO. FYI: SFO is an airport run by a private security firm. The TSA did not rufuse to allow these liquiods to go through. Do some research before you haphazardly cut and paste.

Anonymous said...

One person wrote how about post there pictures and home Adress if found with a weapon. As the TSA article said most, maybe all, just forgot they had the weapons in there suitcases. A bad mistake and I'm all for fines. Unless a sexual predator it is silly-stupid-over reaction to act as if you would move if you found out your neighbor accidentally forgot and left a handgun in his carry on that a few days ago may have been the suitcase he used when he drive to visit grandma. Do you move when you find out your neighbor got a DUI?
Fine them. Don't over react like the NY Times.

Anonymous said...

There's a really good documentary on the National Geographic Channel that I watched a few days ago concerning the thwarted attack a few years ago that was using liquids to attempt to blow up aircraft in flight. If you really have problems with the liquid policy, I recommend you all watch it. And yes, if we stop guarding the door, they will try to use it again to gain entry. Just because we stopped them once doesn't mean they won't try it again.

John Walker said...

@Anonymous - September 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM
re: "One person wrote how about post there pictures and home address . . . Do you move when you find out your neighbor got a DUI? . . . Don't over react like the NY Times"

OK, let's not post their pictures and address here, but how about this: the fact they were accosted by a legal authority gets published to the same public-information distribution networks as the arrests of those DUI people to whom you compared these careless gun owners. Many gas stations and sundry M&IE shops have "mug-shot" magazines that popularize the local public records of everyone who was arrested that week (regardless of adjudication, proof, or guilt)... so, Name and Shame the irresponsible folks who cannot control their weapons.

What is it we say? Muzzle control is gun control? Name and Shame... especially those who had ammunition in the chamber. What is NRA Gun Safety Rule #3? Oh yeah, "ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use."

DUH. Next time a traveler "Forgot his/her handgun" (and keep in mind, routinely over 80% of these are loaded and at least 25% have a round in the chamber), how about it be forgotten at home. If a person cannot be troubled to remember they're (literally) packing heat, they really aren't cognitively capable enough to responsibly handle a firearm and short of revoking their rights we should at least shame them into responsibility.

Anonymous said...

Did your "agents" also discover any more girls that they shamed because of how they were dressed? We're still waiting for you to explain to us how this is appropriate.

Can you point us to the page on the TSA website that indicates exactly how young girls are supposed to dress in order to pass through security checkpoints without being publicly humiliated?

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Anonymous said...

Once again, nothing you found requires the slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective full body scanners. Why do you still use them?

Anonymous said...

I agree with the post above - it seems you never find anything dangerous with the body scanners a good old metal detector wouldn't take care of. Why inconvenience so many people, and embarrass everyone with medical conditions like my family members with breast prosthesis, for absolutely no results? Does not seem the least cost/effective to me.

Anonymous said...

Lets see... If your detection failure rate has improved to 50% (from http://blog.tsa.gov/2010/12/70-detection-failure-rate-being.html ) than only about 34 firearms, 30 loaded, flew undetected and without incident last week.

Anonymous said...

1. Pack it properly.
2. Declare it as an 'item.'
3. Keep it.

How hard is it for folks to understand items #1 and #2?

@John Walker: I've always preferred the ancient "Treat every firearm as if it was loaded and ready to fire, even if you think it isn't" rule.