Friday, January 4, 2013

TSA Week in Review: WWII Era Inert Bazooka Round Discovered at Chicago O’Hare

A WWII era inert bazooka round was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
WWII era inert bazooka round discovered at (ORD).

Inert Ordnance and Grenades Etc. – We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on 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. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane.  Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A WWII era inert bazooka round was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • Five inert/novelty grenades were discovered at four different airports this week. Two in checked baggage at Denver (DEN), and one each in checked baggage at Tri-cities (TRI), and Ontario (ONT). One grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag inside of an ammo can at Manhattan (MHK).
  • An inert M-60 fuse igniter was detected in a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA).
Inert grenades, fuse igniter, and a grenade lighter.  

Submachine BB Gun – I don’t normally report the bb and pellet guns our officers regularly find, but this one is unique. It’s a gas operated automatic bb machine gun. It was discovered at Newark (EWR). 

Gas operated automatic bb machine gun.
Gas Operated Automatic BB Machine Gun Discovered at (EWR).

Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to check your bags prior to traveling. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A knife was discovered in a bag at Dulles (IAD). It had been sewn into the lining.
  • A bladed multi-tool was discovered concealed in a package of socks at Albuquerque (ABQ).
  • A knife was discovered at Burbank (BUR) concealed underneath the lining of a bag between the handle and wheels.
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at San Francisco (SFO).
Belt buckle knife discovered at San Francisco (SFO).
Belt buckle knife discovered at (SFO).

What Not to Say at an Airport – Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience many other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • A passenger at Portland (PDX) told the officer checking his ID that he had a bomb in his cell phone
  • A Denver (DEN) passenger in the gate area was overheard on his cell phone stating: “I am going to blow up the plane.”
Stun Gun (DCA)
Stun Gun (DCA)
Stun Guns –  Eleven stun guns were discovered this week in a carry-on bags around the nation: Two at San Francisco (SFO), and one each at Columbia (CAE), Orlando (MCO), Monroe (MLU), San Jose (SJC), Baltimore (BWI), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN), Reagan Washington National (DCA)

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 -- to mention a few… 

Firearms - Here are pictures of some of the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. See a complete list below.  

4 loaded firearms.
3 loaded firearms.

26 Guns Discovered This Week. 17 loaded.

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. 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.

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