Friday, December 27, 2013

TSA Week in Review – 31 Firearms Discovered This Week (25 Loaded)



Firearm & Ammo Discovered at (BNA)
Firearm & Ammo Discovered at (BNA)
31 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 31 firearms, 25 were loaded and seven had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.
Left to Right - Top to Bottom - Three Inert Grenades (DEN), Inert Grenade (AUS), 20mm Round (SAN)
Left to Right - Top to Bottom - Three Inert Grenades (DEN), Inert Grenade (AUS), 20mm Round (SAN)
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. 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.

  • Five inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Austin (AUS), Guam (GUM), and three at Denver (DEN).
  • An inert 20mm artillery round was detected in the carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN).

Stun Guns – 16 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered in Atlanta  (ATL), two in Denver (DEN), and the others were found in Amarillo (AMA), Boise (BOI), Sioux Falls (FSD), Jackson (JAN), Los Angeles (LAX), Memphis (MEM), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), and St. Louis (STL).
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) JAN & FSD
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) JAN & FSD
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.

  • Two credit card knives were discovered this week at Albuquerque (ABQ) and Lansing (LAN).

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…

Knives Left to Right, Top to Bottom: BWI, EWR, PHL, EWR, CLT, SAN
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: BWI, EWR, PHL, EWR, CLT, SAN
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Knives from last two weeks at (ISP), Throwing Knife (LAX), Throwing Stars (SNA)
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Knives from last two weeks at (ISP), Throwing Knife (LAX), Throwing Stars (SNA)
Top to Bottom - Left to Right: Compound Bow (PHX), C02 for Soda Machine (PHX), Pepper Spray Gun (EWR), C02 Cartridges (ROC)
Top to Bottom - Left to Right: Compound Bow (PHX), C02 for Soda Machine (PHX), Pepper Spray Gun (EWR), C02 Cartridges (ROC)
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked luggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.
Ammo Discovered at (L-R) BOI & TUL
Ammo Discovered at (L-R) BOI & TUL
Airsoft Guns – Two Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Boise (BOI) and New York Kennedy (JFK). 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
Airsoft Guns Discovered at (L-R) JFK & BOI
Airsoft Guns Discovered at (L-R) JFK & BOI
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: MDT, RSW, PBI, SEA, JAX, SAT
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: MDT, RSW, PBI, SEA, JAX, SAT
Guns Top to Bottom, Left to Right: CHS, BOI, MAF, ATL, FLL
Top to Bottom, Left to Right: CHS, BOI, MAF, ATL, FLL



31 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 31 firearms, 25 were loaded and seven 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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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that some people still feel they can get away with carrying this stuff onboard. thank goodness for the TSA is all I can say!

Anonymous said...

So, by best estimates, 70+ guns flew this week. Yes, thank goodness for the TSA. Tell me again how the 30 or so they catch every week is a good thing when the miss 70%

Bubba said...

Yet again, nothing found that is dangerous and requires a full body scanner. Why are these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective (as proven on a weekly basis) still in use?

Hint: this is not about security, it is about money in someone's pocket and power.

Anonymous said...

So, that big picture with all of the stolen, er, confiscated items included

SCARY corkscrews (ONLY because of the terrifying 1 inch blade, right? Corkscrews are allowed.)

FRIGHTENING multitools, used by millions of people every day at home and work with no deaths or acts of terrorism

TERROR screwdrivers (see above)

DEATH pliers, not sharp at all (see caption below)

Various pocketknives and Swiss Army knives, including the very kind the TSA wanted to start "allowing" Americans to keep before the flight attendants union got the vapors thinking about flyers keeping their own property.

And what is your misleading caption for this misleading photo?

"KNIVES from last TWO weeks at ISP"

Get it together and stop lying to the public, BlotterBob.

screen shot taken

Anonymous said...

Quick! Bury the TSA Kids site post with a very, very long blotter! Include all kinds of real(?) pictures of weapons so the public won't question why we're lying to kids! Make up some stats so they forget all of the soda and water and lotion and shampoo we took!

Lame, Bob. Lame. Do you bury controversial posts to discourage public comment by choice, or do your bosses actually know you exist and tell you to bury them? There is a pattern, Bob.

SCREENSHOT

Anonymous said...

I still haven't seen an explanation of who confiscated the cash shown in the 10/18 blog post and why it was confiscated. Therefore, I will be sending a copy of the 10/18 blog post to several Senators and Representatives and requesting that they investigate the matter. Travelers need to know which federal agencies are operating at TSA checkpoints and why cash (which is not a danger to a plane) is being confiscated.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

OMG! A Pipe Wrench! You mean Mario, the mild mannered plumber trying to save the princess is really a potential terrorist?

Sarcasm aside.... so many guns. How many arrests? How many terrorists?

Anonymous said...

You people are clueless ... there is a reason why there has not been a major air catastrophe since 2001. It is because of the measures taken and frankly it does not bother me to be searched and questioned because I have nothing to hide ... maybe others like the ones here complaining 'do' ???

Anonymous said...

So... the TSA doesn't even know the difference between a "compound" bow and a take-down recurve?

Anonymous said...

No, TSAnonymous of Dec 31, 6:13am. The TSA hasn't stopped a terrorist because as court documents reveal, your bosses know no terrorists are trying to blow up planes.

Also, locked cockpit doors and the crew/passengers won't comply mean no terrorists will succeed in hijacking a plane.

The TSA doesn't exist outside the US. What's the stats for hijackings for the past 12 yrs. The TSA didn't take naked pics of us until 2010 or so, and didn't play their shoe/liquid games til a bit before that, yet planes weren't falling from the sky.

How many hijacked planes exploded in the US prior to 9/11/01?

TSA is security theater. You're more likely to get hit by lightning then encounter a terrorist event.

Stop treating freedom-loving innocents like criminals and terrorists, no matter how much your TSA bosses say you should.

*screen shot*

Johnny Gloves said...

What recommendations would those of you who are unhappy with the current rules have to improve the situation? This is a serious question. How would you change things?

Johnny Gloves said...

What changes would those of you that are unhappy with the current rules make? This is a serious question. How would you secure the travelling public to the greatest degree. By the way, volintarily surrendered items are neither confiscated or stolen. We CAN NOT take things away from you.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
You people are clueless ... there is a reason why there has not been a major air catastrophe since 2001. It is because of the measures taken and frankly it does not bother me to be searched and questioned because I have nothing to hide ... maybe others like the ones here complaining 'do' ???

December 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

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Perhaps the reason is because no one is trying to take over an airplane to use it like a guided missile.

TSA certainly hasn't stopped any group from such action seeing as how TSA does nothing to secure the backdoor of the airports. Airport workers are not screened and can and do bring in anything they like when they walk right by TSA and use employee entrances.

TSA represents a far greater danger to your safety than does anyone else.

RB said...

Johnny Gloves said...
What changes would those of you that are unhappy with the current rules make? This is a serious question. How would you secure the travelling public to the greatest degree. By the way, volintarily surrendered items are neither confiscated or stolen. We CAN NOT take things away from you.

December 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

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For starters use sensible Pre Check style screening for everyone. If reason is advanced then screen the individual until alarms are resolved. Use WTMD and HHMD as primary screening. Strip Search Machines as secondary screening devices. Pat Downs only when all else fails and each pat down to be documented and observed by a TSM or higher.

End the war on water and other LGA's. No examples of a working liquid bomb can be put forward by TSA. TSA wastes extensive man hours confiscating water and other harmless items.

Stop the idiotic ID checks. Checking ID's accomplishes nothing in the TSA mandate of screening for WEI.

End the BDO program or put forward some real evidence that disputes the GAO's investigation that suggests TSA BDO's do no better than a group of people just guessing.

Return screening responsibilities to the airports/airlines with TSA acting as an oversight agency.

Move TSA out of DHS and move them to FAA.

Restrict TSA or civilian screening to just WEI. Nothing more.

RIF 90 of TSA staff.

Anonymous said...

And my anti-tigee rock has prevented tiger attacks...

Anonymous said...

Johnny, for all intents and purposes, "voluntary surrender" *is* confiscation. Also, are you denying all the reported, we'll documented thefts by TSA employees?

Finally, the required changes to security were securing cockpit doors and changing passenger mindset to no longer comply. Go back to wtmd (and hand wands to clear alarms) and x-ray for luggage. They are minimally invasive procedures, thus allowed by case law. Fully body scanners and pat downs go WAY beyond the minimally invasive administrative searches which are allowed.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Johnny Gloves said...
What recommendations would those of you who are unhappy with the current rules have to improve the situation? This is a serious question. How would you change things?"

I don't know.... why don't we follow the same model as the FAA? The FAA write the rules for pilots and mechanics, but the FAA doesn't actually provide pilots or mechanics. Let the TSA do the same thing. They can write the security rules and let the airports and airlines provide the security.

Anonymous said...

Hey Johnhy Gloves, your very employer's spokes person said the TSA confiscates. You aren't going against the TSA's official line, are you?

Also, take a look at the 2-inch sock monkey prop gun event. Was that little, fake gun-shaped object given up "voluntarily?"

Please look up the words coersion and theft under the color of law.

Screenshot, Johnny and Bob!

Anonymous said...

if the tsa is abolished as so many people have asked for here on this blog and a plane was to blow up or again be used as a weapon what would the public say about tsa? i am curious to hear? would those same people that demanded the end of the tsa then say stupid the government was for getting rid of them? would the american public go after the government for putting the public at risk by removing the tsa? its a situation that the government cannot afford to happen.

Bubba said...

I support RB´s suggestions fully. Add to that to that training staff to be courteous.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "So... the TSA doesn't even know the difference between a "compound" bow and a take-down recurve?"

Sometimes we write in a hurry, and not all of our team are well versed in the varying formats of bows!

Anon sez - "And my anti-tigee rock has prevented tiger attacks..."

What exactly is an anti-tigee?

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

West, you know it was a simple typo and he meant anti-tiger rock.

No need to play dumb, is there?

Anonymous said...

Blogger GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "So... the TSA doesn't even know the difference between a "compound" bow and a take-down recurve?"

Sometimes we write in a hurry, and not all of our team are well versed in the varying formats of bows!

Anon sez - "And my anti-tigee rock has prevented tiger attacks..."

What exactly is an anti-tigee?


I thought everyone knew what a tigee was... It's like a tiger, only exactly the same ;)