Friday, August 30, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 44 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-on Bags (39 Loaded)



Discovered at LAS
Discovered at LAS
44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 39 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

(L-R) Comb Knife (DTW), Belt Buckle Knife (MCI), Push Dagger (SEA), Credit Card Knife (EWR), Throwing Knives (LAX)
(L-R) Comb Knife (DTW), Belt Buckle Knife (MCI), Push Dagger (SEA), Credit Card Knife (EWR), Throwing Knives (LAX)
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 5-inch knife and a sword concealed in a cane were discovered at Akron Canton (CAK).
  • A knife was detected concealed in the strap on the carry-on bag at Cincinnati (CVG).
  • A 20-inch sword was detected concealed in a cane at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • A double-edged knife pendant attached to a necklace was discovered at Salt Lake City (SLC).
  • A double edged comb knife was discovered at Detroit (DTW).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Kansas City (MCI).

(L-R) Dagger (AUS), Cane Sword (CAK), Cane Sword (RDU), Throwing Stars (SAN)
(L-R) Dagger (AUS), Cane Sword (CAK), Cane Sword (RDU), Throwing Stars (SAN)
(L-R) Stun Guns Discovered at MCO, LAS, LAS, ECP, LAS, MKE, SEA
(L-R) Stun Guns Discovered at MCO, LAS, LAS, ECP, LAS, MKE, SEA
Stun Guns – Nine stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), and the others were found at Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP), Flagstaff (FLG), Orlando (MCO), Milwaukee (MKE), Portland (PDX), and Seattle (SEA).
 
(L-R) Sting Ball Grenade and Fuses (SNA), Smoke and Flare Cannisters (PHX), Grenade Lighter (ALB), Insert Grenade (PVD), Inert Grenade on Plaque (ATL)
(L-R) Sting Ball Grenade and Fuses (SNA), Smoke and Flare Cannisters (PHX), Grenade Lighter (ALB), Insert Grenade (PVD), Inert Grenade on Plaque (ATL)
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. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • An inert grenade mounted on a novelty plaque was discovered in checked baggage at Atlanta (ATL).
  • Live smoke and flare canisters were discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • A live “sting ball” riot control grenade along with two inert M762A1 fuses and an additional inert M782 fuse were discovered in an ammo can in checked baggage at John Wayne (SNA).  
  • An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Providence (PVD).
  • A novelty grenade lighter was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albany (ALB).

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…

Airsoft Guns – One Airsoft gun was discovered in carry-on baggage this week at Roanoke (ROA). 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 (ROA)
Airsoft Gun (ROA)
 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) DFW, PHX, BHM, BNA, CMH, MCO, MDW, HTS, JAX
Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) EVV, SEA, MDW, BOI, ROA
Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered at (L-R) HOU, CRP, TUL, GEG, JAX, PHX, MSY, BNA

44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 39 were loaded and 17 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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