Friday, January 31, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 37 Firearms Discovered This Week (32 Loaded)


Firearm Discovered at OKC
Firearm Discovered at OKC

37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.
Replica Grenades (L-R) DFW, ORD
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.

  • A replica grenade was detected in the carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • Five replica 40mm inert grenades were discovered in a checked bag at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
Credit Card Knife (RAP)
Credit Card Knife (RAP)
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.
  • Three credit card knives were discovered this week at Albuquerque (ABQ), and Rapid City (RAP).

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 to Right - Top to Bottom: Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK
Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT
Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT
Stun Guns12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Minneapolis (MSP), two at Denver (DEN), two more at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were found at Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Sioux Falls (FSD), Seattle (SEA), San Jose (SJC), and Sacramento (SMF).

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR
37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, date is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not 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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24 comments:

Bubba said...

Once again, absolutely nothing found using the expensive, invasive, slow and obviously ineffective body scanners. It is time to stop this charade.

dashiell41@aol.com said...

As a retired law enforcement officer I cannot believe the number of persons that continue to violate the common sense rule of NO FIREARMS ABOARD AIRCRAFT.

A very sad commentary on the traveling public!

tombeecher said...

It is obvious that the TSA message is not being received by travelers. Contraband items are still being discovered at a consistent weekly rate of approximately 40 items. The TSA needs to promulgate policy better and more effectively than at the present time.

RB said...

Bob, is a fill in the blanks post the best you can do?

Anonymous said...

More useless blottering by the TSA blotterteam.

Almost 12,000,000 people flew last week on 210,000 flights. That means .0003% of passengers and less than. 02% of flights even had a chance of someone without any terrorist intention carrying a weapon.

Statistically insignificant drivel that could have been found with metal detectors, if they weren't found in baggage.

Wintermute said...

So, despite the fact that many TSAnonymous comments claim your are a deterrent, the number of guns have actually gone up this week? Explain to me again how this shows that the TSA is a deterrent?

Anonymous said...

will the metal detector detect explosives? i belive that the tsa is only searching for explosives, incindiaries, and weapons so will explosives be detected with a metal detector? if it does not then technology is needed to detect these items on people otherwise they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing.

Anonymous said...

tombeecher said...
It is obvious that the TSA message is not being received by travelers. Contraband items are still being discovered at a consistent weekly rate of approximately 40 items. The TSA needs to promulgate policy better and more effectively than at the present time.

agreed! perhaps tsa should place signs at the front of screening areas letting people know what is and isnt allowed. perhaps they should create a website where people who are traveling can go to see if the items that they plan on traveling with are allowed. perhaps they should create a telephone app that can answer questions about objects that people want to take with them on board the plane. perhaps people should take a more proactive approach to traveling and read signs, etc to let them know what they can and cant travel with instead of putting it all on the tsa

RB said...

Anonymous said...
will the metal detector detect explosives? i belive that the tsa is only searching for explosives, incindiaries, and weapons so will explosives be detected with a metal detector? if it does not then technology is needed to detect these items on people otherwise they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing.

February 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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A better question is will Whole Body Strip Search Machines detect explosives?

The answer is the same as for the WTMD. They do not.

The only thing TSA has that will detect explosives on people are the Explosive Trace Detectors and those devices are so faulty that they alarm on common hand lotion.

Of course TSA did have the Explosive Trace Portals that were tossed in the trash at great expense to the taxpayers.

I would say that little of what TSA does is what they are suppose to be doing.

Wintermute said...

TSAnonymous said...

"...perhaps tsa should place signs at the front of screening areas..."

...and a bunch of other nonsense, as, last time I checked, literacy of the English language was not a requirement for travel inside the US. Instead, perhaps the TSA should scale back their screening to something at least somewhat effective, and stop with all the theater? Maybe they should do a risk analysis and use it to drive what procedures are used used. Or perhaps they should just keep doing what they're doing until even the apologists get fed up.

Anonymous said...

Wintermute said...
TSAnonymous said...

"...perhaps tsa should place signs at the front of screening areas..."

...and a bunch of other nonsense, as, last time I checked, literacy of the English language was not a requirement for travel inside the US. Instead, perhaps the TSA should scale back their screening to something at least somewhat effective, and stop with all the theater? Maybe they should do a risk analysis and use it to drive what procedures are used used. Or perhaps they should just keep doing what they're doing until even the apologists get fed up.

funny how you have to adjust my username because i dont agree with you, name calling so grade school...
okay how about signs with pictures of what can and cannot be taken, or people in place that can answer questions such as "can i bring my firearm with me?" in case they are visually impared. or lets just do away with the signs and see if that changes anything then we can save some money.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
will the metal detector detect explosives? i belive that the tsa is only searching for explosives, incindiaries, and weapons so will explosives be detected with a metal detector? if it does not then technology is needed to detect these items on people otherwise they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing.

February 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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A better question is will Whole Body Strip Search Machines detect explosives?

The answer is the same as for the WTMD. They do not.

The only thing TSA has that will detect explosives on people are the Explosive Trace Detectors and those devices are so faulty that they alarm on common hand lotion.

Of course TSA did have the Explosive Trace Portals that were tossed in the trash at great expense to the taxpayers.

I would say that little of what TSA does is what they are suppose to be doing.

common rb, dont change my question because it doesnt suit your agenda, answer the quesiton. will metal detectors discover explosives? the portals were discovered to not work so they got rid of them, which should have been done and they did it. so give me your expert opinion on how to detect explosives on a person, which is what tsa is suppose to be doing per their job. lets figure out a solution

RB said...

Anonymous said....

common rb, dont change my question because it doesnt suit your agenda, answer the quesiton. will metal detectors discover explosives? the portals were discovered to not work so they got rid of them, which should have been done and they did it. so give me your expert opinion on how to detect explosives on a person, which is what tsa is suppose to be doing per their job. lets figure out a solution

February 5, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Anon, I didn't change your question, I expanded on it.

You seem to be suggesting that TSA should limit screening to the detection of WEI. Basically I agree with you. However, while WTMD's don't detect explosives they do detect the vast majority of weapons that people do carry, guns and knives in particular.

The Strip Search machine might detect a shape of something on a persons body but it has been proven from several sources that the device can be defeated rather easily and often those shapes are medical devices or other things that TSA has no reason to be concerned about.

TSA is limited by the search they can conduct. TSA is limited to an Administrative Search which limits the depth of the search and also requires that the search be public, a condition that TSA regularly violates.

I am all for finding WEI, but common LGA's, small knives and such, and other things that TSA routinely confiscates are simply not WEI and pose no threat.

On top of that TSA seems unable to either define WEI or to train their employees properly resulting in things like a plastic toy hammer being confiscated from a challenged person, a leather worked gun shape on a ladies purse being confiscated, toy Disney Pirates of the Caribbean swords being confiscated, a Sock Monkeys little toy gun shape being confiscated and the list goes on and on. These acts prove that TSA employees have no clue on what threats are and no clue on what they should be doing.

The Whole Body Pat Down that TSA uses exceeds the limits of an Administrative Search and I put forward that as done by TSA is a sexual assault. It is abusive, degrading, and done without any articulable cause.

We need screenings that address the actual threat and from TSA's own documents no known threat currently exists.

TSA is a $8 Billion dollar boondoggle and needs to be realigned. Best road forward would be to return screening functions to the airports/airlines with oversight functions being returned to the FAA.

Disbanding TSA as we know it today would be a giant step forward for those people who embrace the Constitution of the United States.

Mike in Philadelphia said...

Law abiding citizens shouldn't be prohibited from bringing weapons onboard planes in the first place. The inherent human right to self defense doesn't end when you enter an airport. Rather than enhancing safety, prohibitions of weapons actually decrease safety because they deprive people of the ability to defend themselves and thwart criminal attack.

Susan Richart said...

To answer your question, Anonymous, no the metal detectors won't detect explosives - BUT NEITHER WILL THE WHOLE BODY SCANNERS.

The only thing that detects explosive is the ETD - but the equipment the TSA uses is defective, alarming on the most innocuous of substances, such as glycerin in hand lotion.

Bottom line: the TSA has NEVER found explosives on any passenger.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Are we supposed to congratulate the TSA on finding guns? Isn't that the bare minimum requirement of their jobs? If you can't find a gun, the TSA might as well give up.

Rod Barnhart said...

Anonymous said...

"funny how you have to adjust my username because i dont agree with you"

Is "Anonymous" your username? Thought it was the default for those too lazy to type something in the name box to at least post pseudonymously. My apologies. (Also, I've occasionally been too lazy myself and posted anonymously. Feel free to call me out as lazy when I do so.)

Anonymous said...

Then the TSA should give up because based upon their own tests and studies, they miss seven weapons for every three they find.

Anonymous said...

"Susan Richart said...
To answer your question, Anonymous, no the metal detectors won't detect explosives - BUT NEITHER WILL THE WHOLE BODY SCANNERS.

The only thing that detects explosive is the ETD - but the equipment the TSA uses is defective, alarming on the most innocuous of substances, such as glycerin in hand lotion.

Bottom line: the TSA has NEVER found explosives on any passenger."

is glycerin a substance that is used in explosives? if the answer is yes then they are finding traces of explosives. the fact that the same substance is used in lotions is not the point. if people that alarm explosive detection machines are not cleared if there is a false positive then this should be stopped. is this the case or is tsa doing their job by ensuring that the person is not in possesion of explosives and being allowed to continue?
i will state again, provide a solution to the body scanner issue, provide tsa a way to determine if a person has explosives on there person. simply complaining about the technology is not constructive because obviously tsa is not listening but it you provide a potential solution then perhaps you will get better results.
ps - i believe that tsa has found explosives in checked baggage with these etd machines.

Anonymous said...

did i just see a story in the news about explosives being disguised as ordinary liquids, specifically toothpaste as a possible threat to aviation in europe and russia? is this the type of threat that the tsa has been trying to fight by limiting liquids on planes since '06?
will tsa please comment on this matter especially since liquid restrictions are not as stringent overseas?

Anonymous said...

More phony pics and statistics. Does anyone actually believe this stuff? And even if it were real (which it is obviously not), how many of these guns were about to be used aboard an aircraft? Zero incidents happen on board, so are we supposed to believe that TSA is 100% effective in finding weapons?

Get real, and quit with the propaganda!!!

Anonymous said...

Once again, thanks for stopping the crackpots and criminals. Thanks for the scanners which are apparently working well to deter violators.
I fly out of HOU, and am very happy to see that you have prevented loaded firearms from being on the plane.

Susan Richart said...

"is glycerin a substance that is used in explosives? if the answer is yes then they are finding traces of explosives.......
ps - i believe that tsa has found explosives in checked baggage with these etd machines."

We need to go back to pre 9/11 screening FOR ALL PASSENGERS. That suggestion has been made time and time again. In fact, it is being adopted, to some extent, through the infamous rip-off program, PreCheck.

There could be one or two scanners at each airport for passengers who are extremely suspicious.

TSA has NEVER found explosives on a passenger that were to be used to blow up a plane.

They did, however, miss a nice big block of C4 in a carry-on bag.

The TSA needs to develop technology that won't alarm on tiny amounts of explosives such as as glycerin in hand lotion, fertilizer or gasoline.

Besides the easiest place to set off a bomb is in a congested line at the airport checkpoint. If any bombs are going to be directed at aviation, that's the place to strike. All the scanners and ETD machines in the world won't stop a determined suicide bomber.

TSA needs to stop hauling people off to private rooms for invasive, abusive and humiliating gropes in contravention of administrative search guidelines:

"Moreover, the possibility for abuse is minimized by the public nature of the search. Unlike searches conducted on dark and lonely streets at night where often the officer and the subject are the only witnesses, these searches are made under supervision and not far from the scrutiny of the traveling public."

See United States v. Skipwith, 482 F.2d 1272, 1275
(5th Cir. 1973)."

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"Once again, thanks for stopping the crackpots and criminals."

What criminals? Was anybody arrested?

What crackpots? Was anybody institutionalized?