Friday, December 6, 2013

TSA Week in Review – 34 Firearms Discovered This Week – 30 Loaded



Loaded Firearm Discovered at HOU
Loaded Firearm Discovered at HOU

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

Inert Grenade Discovered at AUS
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.

  • Two inert grenades were discovered this week at Austin (AUS), and Detroit (DTW.)
Flashlight Stun Gun Discovered in MEM
Flashlight Stun Gun Discovered in MEM
Stun Guns – Six stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Houston Intercontinental (IAH), and the remainder were found at Baltimore (BWI), Memphis (MEM), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC).

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 stun gun disguised to look like a cell phone was discovered at Houston Intercontinental (IAH).

Discovered at BUF
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…


Double Bladed Knife (SLC) & Folding Throwing Star (BWI)
Double Bladed Knife (SLC) & Folding Throwing Star (BWI)
 
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Knives Discovered at CLT, STL, BUF, BUF, IAH
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. 

Left to Right: Ammo Discovered at SYR & CLT

Airsoft Guns – Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Newark (EWR), and Detroit (DTW). 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 Gun Discovered at EWR
Airsoft Gun Discovered at EWR
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Firearms Discovered at ATL, HOU, ATL, CAK, MIA, MAF, PGV, SDF
34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 30 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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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

And as always nothing found with your dangerous, invasive, untested, slow as molasses naked body scanners. When will you admit they were a mistake and a failure?

Anonymous said...

12,000,000 people flew last week on 210,000 flights.

TSA missed 70 weapons, so a total of 100 weapons, none of which were possessed by a terrorist, were brought into US airports.

100 out of 12,000,000 flyers = .0008%

100 out of 210,000 flights = .05%

TSA found 34, so 66 people got on those 210,000 flights. Since none were threats to aviation safety, no one was threatened and no planes fell out of the sky.

These useless blotter blogs are statistically insignificant. Stop pretending the TSA is doing anything more than wasting $8,000,000,000 per year.

The TSA itself says in court documents that no terrorists are trying to blow up planes.

The TSA is an embarrassment to America.

SCREENSHOT

Bubba said...

Once again, nothing found that requires full body scanners. When are you going to stop using these slow, demeaning, invasive and obviously ineffective machines?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

I didn't see the gun that was confiscated from the Sockmonkey on your list.

http://tinyurl.com/kmftbxj

Anonymous said...

You didn't list the 2" toy pistol from a sock monkey. If that's not a score against Terrorism, I don't know what is:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/TSA-agent-confiscates-sock-monkeys-toy-pistol-234986321.html

May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.

“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”

“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.

The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.
“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.

Anonymous said...

I missed the photo of the sockmonkey gun seizure. The intrepid TSO saved so many by the exercise of common sense and good judgement. Another feather is the security cap of TSA!

http://tinyurl.com/n7dtsuz

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to pictures of the gun confiscated from the sock monkey. That should be amusing.

@SkyWayManAz said...

The TSA screener who confiscated the toy gun the size of my fingernail from the sock puppet properly followed all rules and procedures correctly. I guess that makes us all fools when we correctly point out how absurd the rules can be. In most cases I'd give TSA a lot of latitude in the fake vs. real gun debate because a cop would probably shoot you if you pointed either at them. That said I think the screeners need a little discretion for something this small that no one in their right mind truly believes is a threat.

Anonymous said...

Where is the sock monkey's gun?

Where is TSA's response to the GAO report about the BDO program?

Where is the research that validates PreCheck?

Why did TSA or some other government agency working at a TSA checkpoint seize a traveler's cash last month?

Anonymous said...

Where is the sock monkey's gun?
Where is TSA's response to the GAO report about the BDO program?
Where is the research that validates PreCheck?
Why did TSA or some other government agency working at a TSA checkpoint seize a traveler's cash last month?


TSA's standards for responses:

LIE,DENY,IGNORE,DEFLECT

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are 2 inch guns out there that can fire deadly bullets. This probably wasn't one of them, but unless the TSA agent was a firearm expert like the rest of you think you are, he/she probably made a safe decision. The probability of something going wrong was very low, but the severity could be high. Just visit Shanksville PA if you need the visual image. And no, your fingernail isn't 2 inches long, which is probably the reason why so many of you dislike the full body scanners.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-526655/Introducing-worlds-smallest-gun-fires-deadly-300mph-bullets--just-TWO-inches-long.html

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Yes, there are 2 inch guns out there that can fire deadly bullets. This probably wasn't one of them, but unless the TSA agent was a firearm expert like the rest of you think you are, he/she probably made a safe decision. The probability of something going wrong was very low, but the severity could be high. Just visit Shanksville PA if you need the visual image. And no, your fingernail isn't 2 inches long, which is probably the reason why so many of you dislike the full body scanners.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-526655/Introducing-worlds-smallest-gun-fires-deadly-300mph-bullets--just-TWO-inches-long.html

December 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM
......................
And this stealth TSA employee proves again why TSA is a failed agency.

wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
Yes, there are 2 inch guns out there that can fire deadly bullets.

And what threat to aviation do these 2 inch guns pose?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:

" Why did TSA or some other government agency working at a TSA checkpoint seize a traveler's cash last month?

December 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM "

I hadn't heard about this one. Please post the news report ot whatever source of information you got this from. It sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:

" Why did TSA or some other government agency working at a TSA checkpoint seize a traveler's cash last month?

December 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM"

Please post the news report, etc where you heard of this happening. This is the first I've seen. It sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

LOL at the TSAnonymous employees who are trying to justify the ridiculous actions of the confiscated 2" sock monkey prop gun. Another non-threatening piece of private property seized by a government employee. Did she keep the toy gun? Will we see it on today's useless blotter post? LOL!!

Anonymous said...

How dare you bring up Shanksville PA or wave the flag in context of a child's toy which is clearly recognizable as such, and sully the real heroes of 9/11? Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said:

" Why did TSA or some other government agency working at a TSA checkpoint seize a traveler's cash last month?

December 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM "

I hadn't heard about this one. Please post the news report ot whatever source of information you got this from. It sounds interesting.


A picture on this blog's weekly blotter post sometime last month, perhaps? If you haven't seen it, you haven't been paying attention to this blog.

Anonymous said...

The seized cash is in the October 18, 2013, TSA Blog post.

An explanation about why it was seized, by whom, and why the seizing party was at a TSA checkpoint has yet to be offered.