Friday, April 11, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 45 Loaded Firearms, Concealed Firearms on Three Passengers, Inert WWI Artillery Shells, and More


Concealed Firearms (L-R) CVG & SAT
Concealed Firearms (L-R) CVG & SAT

Concealed Firearms– Normally when our officers discover firearms, they’re inside carry-on bags. This week, three loaded firearms were discovered on the passenger.
  • A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds and one chambered was discovered strapped to a passenger’s ankle after walking through a metal detector at Cincinnati (CVG).
  • A loaded 380. caliber firearm with a round chambered was discovered in the rear pocket of a San Antonio (SAT) passenger during Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening.
  • A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds was discovered after a passenger walked through a metal detector at Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW).

51 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 51 firearms, 45 were loaded and 20 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Seal Deterrent (ADQ)
Seal Deterrent (ADQ)
Seal Deterrent - A Seal deterrent was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Kodiak (ADQ).  - A seal bomb is a small explosive device resembling a firecracker that is used underwater in order to frighten mammals away from fishing grounds.
Burning Book (PHX)
Burning Book (PHX)
Burning Book – This magic gag item was discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX). While the safety of a burning book in baggage can surely be questioned, our officers were concerned for other reasons. It resembles an improvised explosive device.

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.
  • Two inert artillery shells were discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Two minors were returning from Europe and had found the shells at a French WWI era artillery range.
  • Four inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in Atlanta (ATL), and the others were found at Baltimore (BWI), and Oklahoma City (OKC).

Inert WWI Artillery Shells (ORD) - Inert Grenade (BWI)
Inert WWI Artillery Shells (ORD) - Inert Grenade (BWI)
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. 
  • Two razor blades were detected inside the shoe and wallet of a Cincinnati (CVG) passenger.
  • A 6-inch saw blade was detected, concealed inside a bible at Orlando (MCO).
  • Three box cutter blades were detected concealed in a shoe inside the carry-on bag of a Baton Rouge passenger.
  • A cell phone stun gun was discovered at Omaha (OMA).
  • A comb knife was discovered at  John Wayne (SNA).
  • A lipstick stun gun was discovered at Detroit (DTW).
  • A shocking device was detected inside a cane at Billings (BIL).
Saw in Bible (MCO), Razors in Shoe (BTR), Stun Cane (BIL), Comb Knife (SNA)
Saw in Bible (MCO), Razors in Shoe (BTR), Stun Cane (BIL), Comb Knife (SNA)
Unfolded Credit Card Knife (MCI)
Unfolded Credit Card Knife (MCI)

Nine credit card knives were discovered this week. Three were discovered at Kansas City (MCI), three more at Oakland (OAK), and the remainder were discovered at Central Wisconsin (CWA), Minot (MOT), and Sonoma (STS). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) OMA, STT, DTW
Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) OMA, STT, DTW
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…

Ammunition (PHX)
Ammunition (PHX)
Stun GunsFourteen stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Bellingham (BLI), Birmingham (BHM), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Key West (EYW), Las Vegas (LAS), Melbourne (MLB), Nashville (BNA), Omaha (OMA), Sacramento (SMF), Saint Thomas (STT), and San Francisco (SFO).

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 
 
Guns Discovered at - L-R / T-B: ABQ, LAX, RSW, GSP, BZN, GSO, GSP
Guns Discovered at - L-R / T-B: ICT, LAS, CRP

51 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 51 firearms, 45 were loaded and 20 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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33 comments:

RB said...

Not one word about Sherry Wright.

Not one word about FAMS Director Bray.

Not one word about the useless BDO program.

When is TSA and the Blog Team going to start addressing internal TSA issues? Lord knows there is no lack of them to choose from.

Anonymous said...

Does the Federal Air Marshal Service procure the guns for Executives of TSA from these that are seized in airports? The news reports seem to imply that.

Anonymous said...

Artillery shells dating back to WWI from France? Gee, gotta wonder what else the folks in France have let into the United States? Good job TSA, just hope the folks that discovered the shells got reimbursed for their damaged undies.

David Gayle said...

They should be jailed on stupidity alone.

Susan Richart said...

I guess we can write off the claim that comments are put up within 24-48 hours.

Really, this blog needs to dig a big hole and bury itself. It's useless.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

I see many items that can be detected by a metal detector such that there is no need to take naked images or subject people to "enhanced" patdowns. Why do we have the body scanners?

RB said...

President Obama has stated that having to show ID is a racist act. TSA requires travelers to show ID just to travel which is a constitutional right as determined by the United States Supreme Court. Since TSA can show no corelation of showing ID and increased traveler safety one has to wonder why TSA is engaged in racist practices?

Care to explain TSA?

Bubba said...

Note that two of the three guns you discovered on persons were detected using good old metal detectors. In fact, you were lucky the guy with the gun on his ankle went through a metal detector, because objects on the side of bodies can easily go undetected using full body scanners. Since full body scanners are used for most people, the fact that you found two guns with metal detectors confirms what the methodological characteristics of full body scanners determine: they are worse at detecting guns than metal detectors.

The question is why are you still using these slow, invasive, expensive and ineffective machines???

RB said...

Susan Richart said...I guess we can write off the claim that comments are put up within 24-48 hours. Really, this blog needs to dig a big hole and bury itself. It's useless.screen shot/DHS OIG statementApril 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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These TSA types are very boastful but continue to be unable to produce results.

Anonymous said...

How many of these were seized from your air marshal director?

RB said...

David Gayle said...They should be jailed on stupidity alone.
April 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM
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If people were jailed for stupidity there would be no TSA employees.

Em, perhaps you have a point.

Anonymous said...

RB--I hope you don't really think that everyone in the TSA is stupid. Seems a bit prejudice to me. Since my initials are RB also, I hope the rest of the people on the blog don't think all of us who are "RBs" are incapable of formulating a credible argument. Because you have no use for the blog doesn't mean the rest of us don't. Please feel free to exercise your 1st amendment rights by not reading the blog. TSA--thanks for your efforts.

Luby Platter said...

Why aren't you supporting your fellow TSA PR employee, LuAnn, who in this article:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/11/air-marshal-director-probe-over-gun-scheme/

says the TSA says the FAMS director did nothing wrong?

What's happened to the blotter team? Don't you support the TSA anymore? Have you been forbidden from addressing current news items about the TSA?

Luby Platter said...

Blotter Bob wrote, "Burning Book – This magic gag item was discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX). While the safety of a burning book in baggage can surely be questioned, our officers were concerned for other reasons. It resembles an improvised explosive device."

So a potentially valid reason, accidental fire, was NOT the reason screeners confiscated this private property. The screeners grabbed because it "LOOKED LIKE AN IED?"

I'd laugh if I wasn't so disgusted by the pathetic excuses screeners give for seizing our property in the name of the United States of Fear.

A joke book is not an IED. No passenger seeing a joke book would think it was an IED, even if a stupid hoaxster claimed it was.

Your support of private property confiscation for the most ridiculous excuses is abnormal, blotter team.

*Screen shot*

Anonymous said...

It's discouraging to read posts critical of many TSA policies with good reason and then to think that nothing will be done to change policies or to,respond to,criticism
For example, there is sufficient evidence that radiation is delivered by body scanners. Few if any comments here support their use . Yet it is unlikely to change . The manufacturers have a strong lobby is but one of many reasons.one can only hope that as criticsms mount changes will be made. I hope,so.

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense.

RB said...

Luby Platter said...
Why aren't you supporting your fellow TSA PR employee, LuAnn, who in this article:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/11/air-marshal-director-probe-over-gun-scheme/

says the TSA says the FAMS director did nothing wrong?

What's happened to the blotter team? Don't you support the TSA anymore? Have you been forbidden from addressing current news items about the TSA?

April 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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TSA through Blogger Bob and Team have long ago given up the stated objective of this blog.

"ABOUT THIS BLOG

The purpose of this blog is to communicate with the public about all things TSA related."


You surely noticed that TSA has failed to discuss any number of important topics.

Sherry Wright for one.

The continuing media articles blasting the TSA BDO program as being worthless but very expensive for another.

The Director Bray issue is just the most recent issue that TSA has to deal with on a near daily basis.

Yet not one word from the TSA Blog Team on any of these issues.

Seeing as how our tax dollars pay for this sorry excuse for a blog I think it is time to fire the blog team and save our money.

Anonymous said...

It is outrageous that DHS/TSA is allowed to decide if I am "worthy" of exercising my right to fly when the Federal Air Marshal director is stepping down due to the corrupt purchase and distribution of firearms. (Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/11/air-marshal-director-probe-over-gun-scheme/) The public does not yet know which officials he distributed guns to, but identifying these recipients is sure to only make the picture of DHS/TSA corruption worse! An organization that is corrupt at the highest levels of its leadership has no business making calls about whether or not would-be passengers are security threats. An organization led by people who essentially traffic in guns has no business confiscating others' guns. It's hypocritical to a criminal degree! Such an organization has no business overseeing anything related to security. I am contacting my elected officials immediately.


(I want to know which other officials received guns from him!)

RB said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It's discouraging to read posts critical of many TSA policies with good reason and then to think that nothing will be done to change policies or to,respond to,criticism
For example, there is sufficient evidence that radiation is delivered by body scanners. Few if any comments here support their use . Yet it is unlikely to change . The manufacturers have a strong lobby is but one of many reasons.one can only hope that as criticsms mount changes will be made. I hope,so.

April 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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Anon Anon, I am generally recognized as not being particularly supportive of TSA.

Links between former DHS/TSA employees and the companies that sell technology to government is very strong. Formenr DHS Secretary Chertoff is a fine example. If Congress wasn't bogged down in other investigations I think this area would be ripe for picking.

Currently TSA is not using X-ray based Whole Body Scannesr just Millimeter Wave units. TSA didn't pull the x-ray scanners over the safety of victims, while they should have, but because the manufacturers could not make the Privacy Filters work with these machines.

Do understand that TSA can bring back X-ray based Whole Body scanners just as soon as the privacy filter issue is resolved and then continue to irradiate the public without the least bit of concern for our health and safety.

TSA hides behind a cloak of secrecy in order to protect the employees of TSA from legal action after abusing the public, right up the the head man, John S. Pistole.

This article from late last year tell the story of why TSA is the wrong solution for airport security.



TSA is not the correct solution for airport security operations.

TSA cost taxpayers in excess of $8 Billion Dollars each year and we get very little ROI.

TSA has mismanaged human assets, abused the public, and in general worn out its welcome in this country and our airports.

We don't need John Pistole's TSA!


RB said...

This article from late last year tell the story of why TSA is the wrong solution for airport security.

:LINK MISSING:

TSA is not the correct solution for airport security operations.

TSA cost taxpayers in excess of $8 Billion Dollars each year and we get very little ROI.

TSA has mismanaged human assets, abused the public, and in general worn out its welcome in this country and our airports.

We don't need John Pistole's TSA!

April 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Seems my link failed to post properly in an earlier post

Here it is:

Congress Should Abolish the TSA — It’s Time to Privatize Airport Screening


http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/chrisedwards/2013/12/02/congress-should-abolish-the-tsa--its-time-to-privatize-airport-screening-n1755803/page/full

Marsha X3 said...

Hey blotter team, I know you want to bulk up your numbers, but one week where the number of passengers with a SCARY weapon is .000375% versus .0002% is still statisically insignificant.

Anonymous said...

Hey West, you told Jon in the comments from the ID post on April 9, 2013, "Take the expired ID with you Jon, and if there is some problem with verifying the ID for clearing into the checkpoint, there is a process in place to help you get through."

So as long as you are a man, you can get thru TSA screening with an expired ID? Guess Sherry Wright didn't meet the genital requirement, and since she is a mute, minority stroke survivor, she wouldn't qualify anyway, at least according to the TSA screener who denied her boarding.

Yeah, show the compassion of the TSA by converting a quick plane trip for a wheelchair-bound woman to an 8-hr bus ride. Was a TSA vipper team around to harass her at the bus station too?

*screenshot taken* Reply?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Hey West, you told Jon in the comments from the ID post on April 9, 2013, "Take the expired ID with you Jon, and if there is some problem with verifying the ID for clearing into the checkpoint, there is a process in place to help you get through."

So as long as you are a man, you can get thru TSA screening with an expired ID? Guess Sherry Wright didn't meet the genital requirement, and since she is a mute, minority stroke survivor, she wouldn't qualify anyway, at least according to the TSA screener who denied her boarding.

Yeah, show the compassion of the TSA by converting a quick plane trip for a wheelchair-bound woman to an 8-hr bus ride. Was a TSA vipper team around to harass her at the bus station too?

*screenshot taken* Reply?

April 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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Anon, we get lots of stuff from the TSA Blog Team that just isn't true.

Little things like claims that Whole Body Imagers are safe for people with Insulin Pumps to use when some manufacturers say exactly opposite of that.

Or as now proven not having "acceptable" ID apparently voids the alternative procedures TSA crows about.

But, a bigger issue is why does a person have to show any ID to TSA in the first place?

Names are matched to the various Watch Lists by the airlines when purchasing a ticket as required by TSA.

Showing ID to the TSA ID checker does nothing to improve security unless TSA is willing to admit that the screening for WEI is a defective process.

I would like TSA to explain how showing and ID to a clerk improves the screening for WEI especially when that ID is not compared to any Watch Lists.

The fact remains that travel is a Right and that TSA is interfering in exercise of the Right.

Having to show ID to TSA accomplishes nothing and infringes on a persons ability to travel freely in our country.

Jon H said...

How do they know the "inert" shells from France were inert?

People are killed every year by old WW1 bombs.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Thank you TSA..... for....... not sure exactly.

What did you guys accomplish this week?

Nothing with the scanners.

No terrorist of any kind or flavor.

No plots foiled.

What *did* you accomplish with the $153 million your department spent this week?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
RB--I hope you don't really think that everyone in the TSA is stupid. Seems a bit prejudice to me. Since my initials are RB also, I hope the rest of the people on the blog don't think all of us who are "RBs" are incapable of formulating a credible argument. Because you have no use for the blog doesn't mean the rest of us don't. Please feel free to exercise your 1st amendment rights by not reading the blog. TSA--thanks for your efforts.

no response rb? it appears that you are just as selective as tsa when deciding which posts you would care to comment on...

Anonymous said...

"...Burning Book ...our officers were concerned for other reasons. It resembles an improvised explosive device."

So because it looked like an IED it had to be confiscated.

It isn't an IED so we're just going to take a picture of it and then toss it in the bin with all the other things 'surrendered' by passengers.

If you didn't call for backup or a bomb-squad then there was no reason for you to keep the burning book after inspection.

Or are you using a different definition of 'security' than the rest of the known universe?

RB said...

"Or are you using a different definition of 'security' than the rest of the known universe?"

April 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

.......Rhetorical Question?........

Anonymous said...

Jon H said...
How do they know the "inert" shells from France were inert?
People are killed every year by old WW1 bombs.
April 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM


Perhaps the better question is why does the TSA simply toss these items into a handy trash can, if they're potentially dangerous?

But then, we've only been asking that for years, and nobody ever answers.

Allison Williams said...

No doubt air travel is not fun anymore.

RB said...

no response rb? it appears that you are just as selective as tsa when deciding which posts you would care to comment on...April 16, 2014 at 4:48 AM
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I don't recall seeing the original post. Can you point to it?

No I don't think everyone in TSA is stupid but they sure act it a lot.

RB said...

Anonymous said...RB--I hope you don't really think that everyone in the TSA is stupid. Seems a bit prejudice to me. Since my initials are RB also, I hope the rest of the people on the blog don't think all of us who are "RBs" are incapable of formulating a credible argument. Because you have no use for the blog doesn't mean the rest of us don't. Please feel free to exercise your 1st amendment rights by not reading the blog. TSA--thanks for your efforts.April 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM
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I'm curious when your post actually appeared on the blog. I try to follow active threads and I honestly didn't see this one until now.

When TSA keeps doing the same wrong things over and over while expecting the results to be different then I think a case for stupidity can be made. The question is to what degree.

The day that TSA responds in a meaningful way to complaints I've filed will be the day I cut back on my critique of TSA. Until then you're welcomed to use your 1st amendments rights to not read my posts or respond unless you just can't help yourself.

Eastern Skies said...

To the TSAnonymous who tried to tell RB not to read this blog, please go read the 1st amendment again. It doesn't mean what you think it means.

The 1st Amendment doesn't give RB the right to not read a government blog. It instead gives us all the right to speak without interference or punishment by the government.

Funny how your right to comment on a government website was interfered with by your co-workers. They delayed your comment so long, the person you were allowed to attack (against comment policy?) missed it until you attacked him again.

Will the blotter team deny me my rights again?

Let's find out.