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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