Friday, March 28, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 48 Firearms Discovered This Week (39 Loaded)



Loaded Gun (SDF)
Loaded Gun (SDF)
Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

L-R / T-B: Grenades Discovered at SLC, SJC, and PHX
L-R / T-B: Grenades Discovered at SLC, SJC, and PHX
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 because the bomb squad or explosives detection professionals must come to resolve the alarm to determine they’re not a threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Four novelty/replica/inert grenades were discovered this week at Phoenix (PHX), San Jose (SJC), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Honolulu (HNL).
discovered belt knife
Belt Knife (SRQ) & Credit Caard Knife (OAK)

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. 

Multi-tool Concealed in CPAP (SAT)
Multi-tool Concealed in CPAP (SAT)
  • 11 credit card knives were discovered this week. Four were discovered at Oakland (OAK), three at Colorado Springs (COS), and the remainder were discovered at Appleton (ATW), Central Wisconsin (CWA), Sloulin Field (ISN), and Jacksonville (JAX). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Sarasota (SRQ).
  • A multi-tool/knife was detected concealed inside the water chamber of a CPAP machine at San Antonio (SAT).
Knife Gun (BGR), Switchblade (LAS), Large Knife (CLE)
Knife Gun (BGR), Switchblade (LAS), Large Knife (CLE)



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 Guns13 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Northwest Florida (ECP) and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Charleston (CRW), Detroit (DTW), LaGuardia (LGA), Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP), Pensacola (PNS), Seattle – Tacoma (SEA), Sacramento (SMF), and John Wayne (SNA).
 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
discovered firearms
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) IAH, TUL, GSB, FLL, MOB, RDU

Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data 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 TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TSA Travel Tips: Applying for TSA Pre✓™ at an Application Center

TSA Application Center
CVG Application Center
Would you like to apply for TSA Pre✓™, but you’re not quite sure how to get the proverbial ball rolling? 

You need to visit a TSA Pre™ Application Center. You can do this in one of two ways.
  1. Pre-enroll online and make an appointment to visit an application center.
  2. Visit any application center as a “walk-in.” (Please note that you may experience a longer wait time without an appointment.)
When visiting an application center, be sure to bring required documentation and the application fee of $85. Applicants can pay via credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Enrollment centers accept Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express and Discover cards. 

After applying, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail approximately 2-3 weeks following the visit to the application center. Applicants can also check their status here. 

Individuals who already have a KTN include members of the following U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs: Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI. These members are already eligible for TSA Pre™. Lawful permanent residents, enrolled in a CBP program, are not yet eligible for TSA Pre™. They will be able to begin participation this summer. 

Additionally, all U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, are automatically eligible for TSA Pre™ by using their Department of Defense ID number as their KTN. 

Helpful TSA Pre™ Links:

See you next week with more TSA Travel Tips! 

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Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 50 Firearms, Novelty Explosive Alarm Clock and Other Items of Note Discovered In Carry-on Bags This Week


Loaded Gun (HOU)
Loaded Gun (HOU)
50 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 50 firearms, 43 were loaded and 15 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Novelty Explosive Alarm Clock
Novelty Explosive Alarm Clock
Inert Grenade (MSP)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 these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening because the bomb squad or explosives detection professionals must come to resolve the alarm to determine they’re not a threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A novelty alarm clock resembling an explosive device was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
  • An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP).

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. 


Pendant Knife (JAX), Credit Card Knife (COS), Pen Knife (LAX)
Pendant Knife (JAX), Credit Card Knife (COS), Pen Knife (LAX)
  • 11 credit card knives were discovered this week. Three were discovered at Colorado Springs (COS), two at Kansas City (MCI), two at Bismarck (BIS), and the remainder were discovered at Fargo (FAR), Sloulin Field (ISN), Lansing (LAN), and Shreveport (SHV). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
  • Two pen knives were discovered this week at Los Angeles (LAX), and San Jose (SJC).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL). 

Knife (OAK), Throwing Stars (LAX)
Knife (OAK), Throwing Stars (LAX)
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 Guns14 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), two at Sacramento (SMF), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), Birmingham (BHM), Dallas (DAL), Jacksonville (JAX), Lynchburg (LYH), Phoenix (PHX), and Springfield-Branson (SGF).
Airsoft Gun (DAL)
Airsoft Gun (DAL)
Airsoft Guns – An Airsoft gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas-Love (DAL). 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

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

 
discovered gun
Guns Discovered At (T-B / L-R): PHX, MFE, LAX, CLT, TUL

discovered firearms
Guns Discovered At (L-R/T-B):HOU, LAX, LAS, AUS, FAY, DEN, MSY, TPA

50 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 50 firearms, 43 were loaded and 15 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data 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 TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.

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If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TSA Travel Tips - Credit Card Knives

Credit Card Knife
More and more credit card knives being discovered at airport checkpoints. A credit card knife fits in a wallet just as a credit card would, hence the name. They’re slightly thicker than a credit card and one unfolds into a knife, while other types have a blade that pulls out. (See images).

It’s the type of item that when tucked away in a wallet is out of site and out of mind, so many travelers simply forget they have it.

Credit Card KnifeToday’s tip is a reminder to put these types of items in your checked baggage or simply leave them at home. It’s always a good idea to double check your bags and other belongings for prohibited items prior to traveling. You can find our prohibited items list here.

Credit Card KnifeIn addition to credit card knives, items on key chains such as pocket knives and Kubatons are also items that passengers forget about prior to screening. If detected, travelers will be given the option to voluntarily abandon the property, take it out of the checkpoint and mail it, check it, hand it off to a friend, or dispose of it in some other manner. As these items by nature are weapons, please be mindful that having one in your possession at the checkpoint could result in a civil penalty.

See you next week with more travel tips.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 29 Loaded Firearms, Black Powder, and Other Items of Note Discovered in Carry-on Bags



Black Powder Discovered at (GRR)
Black Powder Discovered at (GRR)

Black Powder Discovered: A traveler at Grand Rapids (GRR) had a storage tube in his carry-on bag containing four cubes each with 100 grains of black powder. He stated that he uses the black powder for muzzle loading and forgot to remove it from his bag. This is a good example of why it’s always important to double check your bags prior to traveling.



Loaded Gun Discovered at (MIA)
Loaded Gun Discovered at (MIA)
35 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 35 firearms, 29 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post. (Updated on 3/20/14 to remove three duplicates)



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.

  • Five inert/replica grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered at Wichita (ICT), and the remainder were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN) and San Antonio (SAT). 
 
Grenades Discovered at (L-R) SAT, SAN, LAS, ICT
Grenades Discovered at (L-R) SAT, SAN, LAS, ICT

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 concealed double edge knife inside a comb was discovered at San Francisco (SFO).
  • Five credit card knives were discovered this week. Two were discovered at Grand Forks (GFK), and the remainder were discovered at Charleston (CHS), Kansas City (MCI), and Rapid City (RAP).
Comb Dagger (SFO) & Credit Card Knife (MCI)
Comb Dagger (SFO) & Credit Card Knife (MCI)

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…


Starter Pistol (SFO), Throwing Stars (JFK), Throwing Star (BNA), Switchblade (HSV), Kitchen Knife (CLT)
Starter Pistol (SFO), Throwing Stars (JFK), Throwing Star (BNA), Switchblade (HSV), Kitchen Knife (CLT)
Stun Guns13 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Birmingham (BHM), two more at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Anchorage (ANC), Columbus (CMH), Denver (DEN), Fargo (FAR), Helena (HLN), Oklahoma City (OKC), San Francisco (SFO), and San Jose (SJC).

Ammunition Discovered at (BNA)
Ammunition Discovered at (BNA)







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.



Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 


Guns Discovered at (T-B / L-R) CPR, MSY, TPA
Guns Discovered at (T-B / L-R) CPR, MSY, TPA

guns discovered
Guns Discovered at (L-R / T-B) SAT, DAL, CHA, FLL, CLT

35 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 35 firearms, 29 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data 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 TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.



Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!







If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.