Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TSA Travel Tip: TSA Pre✓™ Expands to Include Air Canada



TSA PreCheck and Air Canada Logo
Today’s travel tip: If you’re an Air Canada passenger, you might want to read this

TSA Pre✓™ expanded today to include eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate.

TSA Pre✓™ operations are now available at more than 115 airports nationwide, with more than 40 of those locations offering expedited screening to Air Canada customers.

In case you haven’t heard, TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved passengers to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on. Through this program, passengers can also keep their laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/aerosols/gels in their carry-on bags.

Today’s announcement makes a total of 10 carriers that participate in TSA Pre✓™ including: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. TSA is working with additional international carriers to join TSA Pre✓™ in the future. Read more about Air Canada’s participation in TSA Pre✓™.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 42 Firearms Discovered This Week (36 Loaded)


Loaded Firearm (AUS)
Loaded Firearm (AUS)

42 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 42 firearms, 36 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Inert Smoke GrenadeInert 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 real 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.

  • A replica/novelty grenade was discovered in carry-on bag at Mobile (MOB), and an inert smoke grenade was found in a carry-on at Fayetteville (FAY). An inert/replica grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Syracuse (SYR).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure prohibited items are not inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and 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. 

Knife in Toothpaste Tube (SJC)
Knife in Toothpaste Tube (SJC)
  • A knife concealed in a tube of toothpaste was discovered in San Jose (SJC).
  • Thirteen credit card knives were discovered this week. Three were discovered at Charleston (CHS), three more at Kansas City (MCI), and the remainder were discovered at Appleton (ATW), Branson (BBG), Cincinnati (CVG), Milwaukee (MKE), Mobile (MOB), Shreveport (SHV), and Sonoma (STS). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
Improperly Checked Firearm (EWR)
Improperly Checked Firearm (EWR)

Improperly Checked Firearm - TSA officers discovered an AK-47 and three loaded magazines in a piece of checked baggage. The firearm had not been properly packed or declared to the airline at the time of check-in. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms.

Throwing Stars (DAL), Knife (JFK)
Throwing Stars (DAL), Knife (JFK)

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 Guns – 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Seven were discovered at Monterey (MRY), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Dallas (DAL), Reagan National (DCA), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Stockton (SCK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), San Juan (SJU), Sacramento (SMF), Orange County (SNA), and Tyson (TYS).
Ammunition (IAD)
Ammunition (IAD)
Airsoft Guns – Two Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on baggage at Phoenix (PHX) and Spokane (GEG). 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
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

 
Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFE, GRR, CLT, FLL, SDF, IND
Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFE, GRR, CLT, FLL, SDF, IND
Left to Right: Guns Discovered at HOU & PIT
Left to Right: Guns Discovered at HOU & PIT


42 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 42 firearms, 36 were loaded and 12 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 line 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, April 22, 2014

TSA Travel Tips: TSA Pre ✓™ Lanes Open to U.S. Armed Forces as well as DoD and Coast Guard Civilians



U.S. Military LogosTSA offers expedited airport security screening, TSA Pre✓™, to all members of the U.S. military, including reservists and National Guard members, as well as DoD and Coast Guard civilians.

TSA Pre✓™ allows participants to keep their shoes, belt and light jacket on and leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on bags when going through airport security. 

To participate: 
  1. Locate your DoD ID number (10-digit number found on the back of your Common Access Card). If you do not have a DoD ID number listed on your CAC, you can locate it by logging into MilConnect and clicking on the “My Profile” tab. 
  2. Civilians must opt-in to the program by logging into the MilConnect, click on the “My Profile” tab and then click on the “CIV” tab. In the Personnel Status information box, click on the “TSA Pre Program” checkbox, complete other required information and scroll to the bottom of the page and click “submit”.
  3. Enter your DoD ID number into the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking leisure flight reservations or when updating your Defense Travel System profile for official travel. To ensure your future airline reservations automatically include your DoD ID number, save it in your profile.
Sailor presenting boarding pass. Click here to learn more about TSA Pre™. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

TSA Week in Review – Knife Discovered in Enchilada, 41 Loaded Firearms, and More




Discovered at (DAL) Checkpoint - 3 Loaded Magazines in Case, But Firearm Was Not Loaded
Discovered at (DAL) Checkpoint - 3 Loaded Magazines in Case, But Firearm Was Not Loaded
43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 41 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.


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 real 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.



  • Five inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in Salt Lake City (SLC), and the others were found at Baltimore (BWI), Tampa (TPA), and Stewart (SWF).
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure prohibited items are not inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and 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. 

  • An 8.5” knife was discovered inside an enchilada at the Sonoma County Airport (STS). While this was a great catch, the passenger’s intent was delicious, not malicious, and she was cleared for travel. It’s always important to double check your bags and enchiladas.
  • Twelve credit card knives were discovered this week. Four were discovered at Cincinnati (CVG), three more at Oakland (OAK), and the remainder were discovered Branson (BBG), Charleston (CHS), Colorado Springs (COS), Kansas City (MCI), and Shreveport (SHV). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
  • A stun gun disguised to look like a cell phone was discovered at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • A knife was found concealed inside of a camera mount at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A single round of .22 caliber ammunition was detected inside a bottle of medical cream at Miami (MIA).
  • A cane sword was discovered at Fresno (FAT).  
knife in enchilada
Knife In Enchilada (STS)
Cell Phone Stun Gun (LAS), Cane Sword (FAT), Credit Card Knife (CVG), Knife in Camera Mount (FLL)
Cell Phone Stun Gun (LAS), Cane Sword (FAT), Credit Card Knife (CVG), Knife in Camera Mount (FLL)

.22 round in medicinal cream
.22 Round In Medicinal Cream (MIA)




Knives (Top to Bottom) Discovered at (ABQ) & (LGA)
Knives (Top to Bottom) Discovered at (ABQ) & (LGA)

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 GunsNineteen stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Five were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Dallas (DAL), two at Phoenix (PHX), two more at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Boise (BOI), Denver (DEN), Sloulin Field (ISN), LaGuardia (LGA), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pensacola (PNS), San Francisco (SFO), and San Jose (SJC).
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 
 
Guns Discovered at (L-R / T-B) CVG, XNA, TLH, JFK, SBN, MSY, GSP, TUL
Guns Discovered at (L-R / T-B) CVG, XNA, TLH, JFK, SBN, MSY, GSP, TUL
43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 41 were loaded and 13 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 line 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!








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