Friday, November 29, 2013

TSA Week in Review – 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (27 Loaded)



Loaded Firearm Discovered at DAL
Loaded Firearm Discovered at DAL
34 Firearms Discovered This Week– Of the 34 firearms, 27 were loaded and six had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

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.

  • An inert replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).

Stun Guns – 22 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered in Atlanta (ATL), three in Los Angeles (LAX), two in Denver (DEN), two in Detroit (DTW), and the remainder were discovered at Aguadilla (BQN), Albuquerque (ABQ), Billings (BIL), Colorado Springs (COS), Elko (EKO), Huntsville (HSV), Knoxville (TYS),  Las Vegas (LAS), Orange County (SNA), Phoenix (PHX),  Portland (PDX), Shreveport (SHV).
 
Left to Right - Top to Bottom - Stun Guns Discovered at: ATL, PDX, BIL, LAS, ABQ, DTW, SNA, DEN, EKO
Left to Right - Top to Bottom - Stun Guns Discovered at: ATL, PDX, BIL, LAS, ABQ, DTW, SNA, DEN, EKO
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 comb knife was discovered in Atlantic City (ACY).
  • A credit card knife was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A credit card knife was discovered at Portland (PDX).

Top to Bottom - Left to Right: Knives Discovered at SLC, ACY, BWI, BWI, EWR, FLL
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…





Assorted Prohibited Items Discovered at BWI This Week
Assorted Prohibited Items Discovered at BWI This Week
Improperly Packaged Concealed Firearms in Checked Baggage at IAD
Improperly Packaged Concealed Firearms in Checked Baggage at IAD
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 
Top to Bottom - Left to Right: Firearms Discovered at DAL, CLT, FAR, JAX, RAP, SNA, AUS, MCO, ATL, DAL, DAL, ATL, MCI
Top to Bottom - Left to Right: Firearms Discovered at DAL, CLT, FAR, JAX, RAP, SNA, AUS, MCO, ATL, DAL, DAL, ATL, MCI


Left to Right: Firearms Discovered at SYR and ORF
Left to Right: Firearms Discovered at SYR and ORF
34 Firearms Discovered This Week– Of the 34 firearms, 27 were loaded and six 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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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a matter for worry that individuals continue to put the lives of fellow travelers at risk by attempting to carry weapons on their flights. I hope once apprehended such people are made to miss their flights and face the full wrath of the law. Forgetfulness is not an accepted means of defense

Anonymous said...

I feel like my head is full of comments, but yet I am comment less! Guns (loaned/un-loaded), knives, pepper spray, brass knuckles on planes! What are these people thinking????? Or better yet, what are they not thinking? I am a gun owner, target shooter, knife owner, but a responsible one. This may be an absolutely redundant post but, why do people even entertain the thought to get these weapons on an airplane? Is it to prove they can? A possible hostage situation? I am not a frequent flyer, as matter of fact this coming Sunday 12/1/13 I am flying to Chicago which will be my first flight in years that has been more than 45 minutes.

I find this information from TSA amazing, and I am sorry that they have to put up with this kind of stupidity! I'm also sorry for the rest of us that are decent-moral folks that just want to get to where were planning on going and not be involved with any of this hogwash.

KC from Oxnard

Anonymous said...

EVER SEEN THE DOCUMENTARY?

"PLEASE REMOVE YOUR SHOES" IT WAS ON NETFLIX, HOWEVER COULD PROBABLY RENT IT @ A VIDEO STORE.

I have never flown and planned a trip being a possible 1st. time passenger it's only normal to be nervous, now I wouldn't board an aircraft, as it appears the TSA would like to give the false sense of Security and safety.

Bubba said...

Yet another week and nothing that requires a full body scanner was found. Why are these slow, invasive, expensive and ineffective machines that single out persons with medical conditions still in use?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

So much prohibited stuff.....

So few terrorists arrested for trying to sneak stuff onto an airplane.

Anonymous said...

1,800,000 people flew last week. Maybe more with the holiday starting.

100 weapons went through the screening area. TSA found a third of them.

No terrorists. No threats to aviation safety from the 70 weapons you missed. No planes fell out of the sky.

TSA unnecessarily abused and violated the rights of 1,799,900 people for nothing.

screen shot taken

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said...

"EVER SEEN THE DOCUMENTARY?"

I've seen it and when I did the job one summer in the 80's I could get the lucite test gun thru checkpoints. No one wanted to listen to me then either. I'd never try it since it's not my job now but I could probably do it again today if TSA asked me to demonstrate. I'm not waiting by the phone for their call.

Falcon-One said...

Screen shot said....
1,800,000 people flew last week. Maybe more with the holiday starting.

100 weapons went through the screening area. TSA found a third of them.

No terrorists. No threats to aviation safety from the 70 weapons you missed. No planes fell out of the sky.

TSA unnecessarily abused and violated the rights of 1,799,900 people for nothing.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Dear Screen shot, I would like to see the published facts you have put down in the statement above. Did you go to all 450+ airports across the United States, and check out all the passengers’ carry-on bags yourself? I think not. Please do not put down arbitrary information out of your head, and stick with the real facts.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps no threats to aviation from the 70 weapons missed, but when just ONE is used….it it too many. TSA... abuse, violate and keep us safe. A job well done. I am NEVER inconvenienced when it comes to safety.

Anonymous said...

"It is a matter for worry that individuals continue to put the lives of fellow travelers at risk by attempting to carry weapons on their flights..."

Um, people who want to harm you on an airplane can do so without guns and knives. A stiletto heel, a sharpened pencil, or a sizeable ring of keys can cause a great deal of pain. Maybe you should ask TSA how many of these gun- and knife-wielding fiends were prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

N here I thot u were commentless ;-)

Anonymous said...

Why was I a vet frisk just because I wear an insulin pump, yet a friend of mine who is on the pre check list walked right through screening wearing a black box attached to his tennis shoes, the box was a pedometer but it could have held more liquid the my pump! I was very offended by this, it seems if you have money to pay the TSA fee then your better then those that don't, the pre check is nothing more then a money maker For TSA it sure doesn't make flying any safer.

Anonymous said...

That purple knife looks non-metalic, if it is would it be detected by a metal detector? Would it be detected by the "Dangerous" body scanners?

Anonymous said...

Anon Said:
"100 weapons went through the screening area. TSA found a third of them.

No terrorists. No threats to aviation safety from the 70 weapons you missed. No planes fell out of the sky."

i am curious as to where you are getting your statistics?
is there a website that i can go to to see how many weapons are missed? does it detail which airports the weapons are missed at? this way i will know which airports to travel out of, or are you going by completly out of date data that could be obsolete?

Anonymous said...

Hey TSAnonymous people questioning the fact that TSA misses 7 out of 10 weapons, this stat is from the TSA's own study. They have also confirmed that the stats haven't changed much over the years. These "good catches" are actually less than what the FAA was finding in the 80's.

All of this information is available on the web.

Someone said if just one plane is saved, it's worth $8 Billion per year. Plus the billions of lost work hours, confiscated private property, and assault of flyers' bodies. No, the TSA is a horrible waste. Possible does not mean likely. The TSA knows liquids aren't a threat. They know small pocketknives aren't a threat. They know no terrorists are trying to blow up planes.

TSA has cost US taxpayers almost $100 Billion since its inception. Their policies and procedures are security theater, and they know that too.

Here are a few links to get you started:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/loaded-gun-slips-past-tsa-screeners/t/story?id=12412458

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20071018/1a_lede18_dom.art.htm

http://boingboing.net/2013/10/17/tsa-admits-terrorists-in-ame.html

Anonymous said...

AntiTSAnonymous said:
"Hey TSAnonymous people questioning the fact that TSA misses 7 out of 10 weapons, this stat is from the TSA's own study. They have also confirmed that the stats haven't changed much over the years. These "good catches" are actually less than what the FAA was finding in the 80's."

from the article provided it talks about fake items, what you are talking about are real items. therefore i will again ask where are you getting your data from. it is very obvious to me that statistics are used to the advantage of the agenda of the poster. in the 12 years of being around what percentage of the federal budget did that $100 billion account for? i can use stats to back up my agenda too. also why is that if someone supports the tsa are they attacked repeatedly on here? arent folks that allowed to express their opinion or is it only if they are against the tsa? this pack like aggression might be a reason why the blog is failing.

wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"from the article provided it talks about fake items, what you are talking about are real items. therefore i will again ask where are you getting your data from."

Look up the GAO report from 2002 or 2003. The 70% rate is listed there. Follow that up with the Nov 2011 GAO report, which states that, while the exact rate is SSI, it has changed very little over time.

"also why is that if someone supports the tsa are they attacked repeatedly on here?"

Citation needed.