Friday, December 20, 2013

TSA Week in Review – 38 Firearms Discovered This Week (29 Loaded)


Firearm, Ammo, & Two Knives Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (TUL)
Firearm, Ammo, & Two Knives Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (TUL)

38 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 38 firearms, 29 were loaded and 10 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Inert Grenade (BWI)
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.

  • An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Baltimore (BWI).



Stun Guns – 18 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Phoenix (PHX), and the others were found at Atlanta (ATL), Boise (BOI), Birmingham (BHM), Borinquen (BQN),  Burbank (BUR), Baltimore (BWI), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), New York Kennedy (JFK), Chicago Midway (MDW), Minot (MOT), Minneapolis (MSP), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), St. George (SGU), and Sacramento (SMF).

Left - Right: Stun Guns Discovered at BWI, BQN & MOT
Left - Right: Stun Guns Discovered at BWI, BQN & MOT
Credit Card Knife (LAN)
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 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…
 
Left - Right: Knives Discovered at CLT, SJC & PVD
Left - Right: Knives Discovered at CLT, SJC & PVD
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 in Carry-on Bag at (PWM)
Ammo Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (PWM)
Airsoft Guns – Two Airsoft guns were discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Omaha (OMA). 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 OMA
Airsoft Guns Discovered at OMA
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

Left - Right / Top to Bottom: Firearms Discovered at AEX, DTW, RDU, LAX, MSO
Left - Right / Top to Bottom: Firearms Discovered at BIL, LAS, EUG, RSW, SAT
38 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 38 firearms, 29 were loaded and 10 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...

While I understand and fully respect what the TSA is trying to accomplish, I am puzzled by one thing. As its been now 2 years since 9-11, you still take the limp attitude towards most people who insist on carrying dangerous weapons in carry-on luggage. If you were serious about this issue, which clearly you are not, you would stop this fiddling around and take a NO tolerance approach.
Fine heavily and /or jail these people who after 2 years, still don't get the message. AND publicize widely the penalties so that the message gets out to the public. And you still insist on having passengers remove their shoes. WAKE UP, TSA! TIME TO WAKE UP!!

Anonymous said...

What, exactly, is so hard about the idea of "Pack it properly, declare it as a item, and keep it?" Come on, folks

Anonymous said...

Casual, or careless, insistence on carrying a loaded gun in a public place is dangerous to our society.

Anonymous said...

RE: Anonymous said...
While I understand and fully respect what the TSA is trying to accomplish, I am puzzled by one thing

You must understand that tsa is not a law enforcment agency and cannot "jail" anyone, they can and do fine people with a pretty stiff fine which no one ever hears about because most people will never admit to fault. You must have had a typo since its been 12 years since 9/11 not 2.

RB said...

Anonymous said...Casual, or careless, insistence on carrying a loaded gun in a public place is dangerous to our society.December 21, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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What an ignorant statement.

Large numbers of the population legally carry a weapon, concealed or open, on a daily basis and pose no threat to the public.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Dec.20th @ 8.38 p.m.
Stop pussy footing around and get serious with the punishment. Ignorance is not and excuse. The day U initiate ZERO tolerance your problems will diminish considerably

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment of Dec 20th @8.38 p.m. Stop pussy footing
around and get serious with the punishment. Ignorance is not an excuse. The day U initiate ZERO tolerance your problems will diminish.

Bubba said...

Once again, nothing found that requires a full body scanner to locate. I would greatly appreciate a justification for the continues use of these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines.

Merry Christmas everyone - and remember, opt out, and help end the madness!

Anonymous said...

Another lame blotter post, Bob. No actual threats to aviation safety.

How many people were carrying purple horsey toys this week, Bob? Out of the 12,00,000 people who flew on 120,000 flights this week, it may be about the same number of weapons you actually found. So, .008% of flyers carried either a weapons or a horsey. Big deal.

Oh, by the way, how many weapons did the screeners miss? 75 or so, based upon gov't stats. Great how no planes fell out of sky, despite those 75 weapons were on planes. Probably because, like the thirty something weapons you allegedly found, none were carried by terrorists.

Screenshot

Anonymous said...

TSA as stated is not law enforcement, but it is code enforcement. TSA already is accused of violating peoples civil rights which is the furthest thing from the truth. As far as public knowledge about weapons that are being attempted to be carried onto planes the airlines do not want the information made public because is would hurt ticket sells. TSA is the whipping boy of both the airlines as well as politicians when all they are trying to do is a job the general public either will not or can not do (yes there are people who can not do the job), yet they have to stand there and be cussed at listen to snide remarks and even be assaulted by passengers and management will stand by and do nothing.

Anonymous said...

Every week I read this blog and it never fails that someone makes a negative comment about the body scanner. There are quite a few people who travel with metal body replacements and pace makers that normally have to go through the whole body patdown to get through security because of the medical conditions ring the metal detetctor. This machine allows them to get through the screening much more quickly with less patdowns if any at all. If you don't care for the technology, that's fine, opt out but quit with the igonorant comments about the scanner.

Anonymous said...

Did you happen to read what security specialist from Ben Gurion airport in Israel had to say about the TSA on Cracked? It might be less fair, but noone's going to argue about an army presence in the airport if it results in cheaper and faster flying for the majority of people, don't you think? The TSA is a waste.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNfghUnvFg#t=203

Speaks for itself, really.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you approve my comment that followed the blog guidelines?

Anonymous said...

Look to any elementary school to see that zero tolerance does not work.

Anonymous said...

There is something that was used before full body scanners and pat downs for those with metal replacement joints, etc... The hand wand. Works great, and no objections from civil libertarians, who object to both the scanner AND the pat down.

Anonymous said...

"...zero tolerance does not work"

Really, it does. The ultimate state of security is when the provider can tap the public with any crime for any purpose. Let the public know that anything done can be construed as a violation of rules. Travelers have to be made aware that at any time and for any reason they can be submitted for punishment. Then we will have a secure travel environment.

Anonymous said...

So, you'll post my comment asking about a previous comment that met blog guidelines, but you failed to approve, yet you don't post the actual comment I asked about. Because you deleted it?

Is that what you do with comments that you don't want to approve, even though they meet guidelines, Bob? Just delete them?

Speaking of deleted comments, what happened to the "delete-o-meter" widget? You used to claim it "proved" you weren't deleting valid comments.

What's going on around there, Bob? Is it TSA policy to deny Americans their right and ability to comment on a taxpayer-paid government website?

Screenshot, of course.

Anonymous said...

"If you were serious about this issue, which clearly you are not, you would stop this fiddling around and take a NO tolerance approach..."

"The day U initiate ZERO tolerance your problems will diminish considerably..."

I hope you both include travelers with cupcakes, canes, snow globes, 2-inch plastic toy guns, gun-shaped purse emblems, cherry pie filling, bottles of water, etc. in your statements. Those are prohibited (i.e., dangerous!) items according to the TSA. Zero tolerance means that all people who bring on prohibited items must be immediately and unquestioningly punished. You can't make exceptions; you would have to exercise your critical thinking skills, and that is not what zero tolerance is about. One of you thinks that the punishment should include jail, and I agree. Jail the cupcake wielder! A trial is not needed to incarcerate the wrongdoer because TSA checkpoints are Constitution-free zones! Zero tolerance will cause no problems for TSA at all! After all, we have seen how well zero tolerance works in schools. (How else can you contrive to expel a well-behaved honor student?)

Anonymous said...

"TSA as stated is not law enforcement, but it is code enforcement..."

Documentation of most TSA procedures is not available to the public because it is "Sensitive Security Information." Isn't it grand and just for travelers to be subject to secret rules and procedures? Even better, the public has very little recourse for appeals!

"...TSA already is accused of violating peoples civil rights which is the furthest thing from the truth..."

Tell that to the people filing lawsuits and to the 5,000+ people who responded to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on TSA's use of body scanners earlier this year. The NPRM comments can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=TSA-2013-0004. You should know that TSA was two years delinquent in issuing that NPRM and only did so because a judge forced it. Given your earlier statement about code enforcement, you will appreciate that TSA violated federal government administrative procedure when it failed to solicit public comments on body scanners before it purchased and installed the scanners.

"...As far as public knowledge about weapons that are being attempted to be carried onto planes the airlines do not want the information made public because is would hurt ticket sells."

Please provide proof of this statement.

"TSA is the whipping boy of both the airlines as well as politicians..."

If Congress wants to give ME $8 billion dollars of taxpayer money, I'll be their whipping boy and then some.

Anonymous said...

Every week I read this blog and it never fails that someone makes a negative comment about the body scanner. There are quite a few people who travel with metal body replacements and pace makers that normally have to go through the whole body patdown to get through security because of the medical conditions ring the metal detetctor. This machine allows them to get through the screening much more quickly with less patdowns if any at all. If you don't care for the technology, that's fine, opt out but quit with the igonorant comments about the scanner."

So please enlighten we ignorant folk by providing facts about the effectiveness of the full body scanners. I assume you have access to some sort of independent, peer-reviewed test that the general public does not. All I have to go on is leaked scanner images, government-funded and -directed tests that have been questioned by independent experts, the statements of said independent experts, uncounted anecdotal reports of false positives, Jon Corbett's "how to beat the scanner" video, the reports of former screeners, the lack of news reports about terrorists caught using body scanners, and the U.S. Constitution.

You know, the choice need not be body scanner vs. prison-style patdown. Travelers and citizens have a right to demand better approaches to airport and flight security. Our taxes and fees pay for TSA after all, and there are other technologies that are consistent with Constitutional protections and the administrative search doctrine.

Anonymous said...

Your TSA point-and-shoot cameras are getting quite a workout since someone at TSA HQ dreamed up the idea that showing all the weapons confiscated will give Americans with colostomy bags who plan to travel a better feeling when they are irradiated and/or felt up by the TSA Team.

Sorry, it won't work. I live in Texas and there's probably that much ordnance on the folks I pass in the mall.

What it is, however, is a lame attempt to convince us the security theater we have to traverse on the way to our destinations makes sense.

It doesn't. TSA is a multi-billion dollar woodchipper for tax money from hard-working Americans. I know "Bob", the-ever helpful TSA Team spokesguy would take issue with that, but then he would, wouldn't he?

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"..TSA already is accused of violating peoples civil rights which is the furthest thing from the truth. "

I'm sorry... what?

The TSA isn't being accused?

Or isn't violating rights?

How is asking me to prove I am not a terrorist simply because I want to fly to grandma's house, how is that not a violation of my civil rights?

The TSA is the government and the government isn't allowed to do those things. At least that is what the instruction manual that came with this country says.