Friday, January 24, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 23 Firearms Discovered This Week (20 Loaded)

Loaded Gun (ICT)
Loaded Gun (ICT)

23 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 23 firearms, 20 were loaded and four had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

L-R: Grenade Cologne (DCA), Grenade Lighter (SBA)
L-R: Grenade Cologne (DCA), Grenade Lighter (SBA)
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/novelty grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Santa Barbara (SBA). 
  • Cologne in a grenade-shaped bottle was discovered in a carry-on at Washington Reagan (DCA).

Top - Bottom: Credit Card Knife (MCI), Tactical Pen (MOB)
Top - Bottom: Credit Card Knife (MCI), Tactical Pen (MOB)
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 tactical pen was discovered in Mobile (MOB).
  • A razorblade was detected in a shoe at Detroit (DTW). 
  • Five credit card knives were discovered this week. Two at Albuquerque (ABQ), two at Kansas City (MCI), and one in Atlantic City (ACY).

One Week's Worth of Sharp & Pointy Things at (ROC)
One Week's Worth of Sharp & Pointy Things at (ROC)
L-R: Knives Discovered at LAX, DEN, DEN & AUS
L-R: Knives Discovered at LAX, DEN, DEN & AUS

L-R: Gun Handle w/ Spiked Knuckles (LAS), Samurai Sword Shaped Umbrella (DCA)
L-R: Gun Handle w/ Spiked Knuckles (LAS), Samurai Sword Shaped Umbrella (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…

Stun Guns16 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Las Vegas  (LAS), two at Minneapolis (MSP), and the remainder were found at Atlanta (ATL), Boise (BOI), Dallas (DAL), Harlingen (HRL), Washington Dulles (IAD), Little Rock (LIT), Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF), Phoenix (PHX), Richmond (RIC), San Juan (SJU), and Sacramento (SMF).

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

Left - Right / Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at ELP, BNA, ATL, OMA, CMH, ATL
Left - Right / Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at ELP, BNA, ATL, OMA, CMH, ATL

23 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 23 firearms, 20 were loaded and four 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 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.

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McAllister Bryant said...

The blog states "The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00"

Why "can"? Start fining folks to the full extent of the law and publicize it and I would bet the number of weapons would drop quickly.

Barbara said...

I'm stunned, actually. THANK YOU for finding and confiscating them!

SSSS for Some Reason said...

OMG! You found your average number of 'dangerous things.'

Yeah mediocrity!

Jeff Gonzalez said...

Wow unbeliavable, GREAT JOB!

Sam Cheyne said...

What part of "Guns are not to be in your possession when you are flying," do people not get? I applaud the Screeners for their continued diligence in looking and confiscating the guns. Perhaps higher fines for bringing the weapons aboard...starting at $10,000 for the 1st time, $15,000 second time and the third time...they are on the NO FLY LIST!

Sam Cheyne said...

As an AVSEC Security Engineer, the security of our aviation is foremost.

Susan Richart said...

My stars, do I detect pro-TSA posters trying to offset the hit the agency is taking in the prior thread?

Nice try; it doesn't work, however.

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Derek Weekley said...

Bob, Can you please explain to me why certain pens / brands are classified as "tactical" and others are not? I have so-called tactical pens as well as office superstore pens. The same damage could be inflected with either. It seems that there is a pick and choose metality going on with the premise of said pen based on color (black, gray, silver). Can you provide an honest explanation? I bring a so-called tactical pen through every time but not in black or gray. Its never been questioned......

Richard said...

Would had been better if the TSA found below the average number of dangerous things. And actually for the passenger traffic during this past week, the number if things is average but the rate is above average. Mediocrity was prior to the TSA, trust me I know I worked at a security checkpoint prior to the TSA. I became a supervisor is 3 weeks - my qualifications - I showed up on time. Same type of things went on then,that you see today, it was just done by a contractor who was the lowest bidder hired by the airline, so they DID NOT get the media the TSA does as an agency of the government. If you only knew how much better it is today than it ever was.

Anonymous said...

Did TSA confiscate the "Samurai Sword Shaped Umbrella" or allow the traveler to keep it once it was determined to be an umbrella?

Also, as a [fill in the blank with whatever title makes me sound like a security professional and makes my comment seem more credible], please post photos of ALL of the items confiscated at the checkpoint, not just the guns and whatnot that the metal detector found. That is, please post photos of each large bottle of shampoo, each large snow globe, each pocketknife, etc.

Anonymous said...

"If you only knew how much better it is today than it ever was."

Really? I don't recall ever having screeners stick their hands in my pants pre-TSA.

Anonymous said...

Take the Leatherman micra multi-tool that TSA confiscated from me last week - after I've been through security multiple times with it on my key chain (Nice consistency). Ever seen the tiny knife blade on one of those? I'll take a ball point pen and we'll see which does more damage. TSA is a joke, staffed by people that can't get a job in the real world.