Friday, May 2, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 26 Loaded Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week


Loaded Firearm (IND)
Loaded Firearm (IND)

30 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 30 firearms, 26 were loaded and nine 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 explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.
Airsoft Grenades (DEN)
Airsoft Grenades (DEN)
  • Seven replica Airsoft grenades were discovered in checked baggage at Denver (DEN). While Airsoft guns can be packed in checked baggage, anything resembling a grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.
Items Found at (Counter Clockwise) FAI),DEN), MEM, BIL
Items Found at (Counter Clockwise) FAI),DEN), MEM, BIL
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. 
  • A kubaton with a concealed knife inside was discovered at Sarasota (SRQ).
  • A knife concealed in a walking cane was discovered at Fairbanks (FAI). Our officers find these items frequently, and most passengers are unaware that their mobility aid doubled as a weapon.
Items Discovered at (L-R) LAS, DAL
Items Discovered at (L-R) LAS, DAL
  • A hairbrush dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN). Officers discovered it after going through the bag with a fine-toothed comb. 
  • A stun gun concealed to look like a cell phone was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Fourteen credit card knives were discovered this week. Two were discovered at Charleston (CHS), two at Kansas City (MCI), two more at Sonoma County (STS), and the remainder were discovered at Billings (BIL), Cincinnati (CVG), Central Wisconsin (CWA), Dothan (DHN), Lansing (LAN), Milwaukee (MKE), Myrtle Beach (MYR), and Oakland (OAK). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
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 – Eighteen stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two more at Tri-Cities (TRI), and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI),  Dallas (DAL),  Denver (DEN),  Houston (IAH), New York LaGuardia (LGA),  Manchester (MHT),  Ontario (ONT),  Raleigh (RDU),  Rochester (ROC),  San Francisco (SFO),  St. Louis (STL),  Santa Rosa (STS),  and Tucson (TUS).
Airsoft Gun (LAS)
Airsoft Gun (LAS)
Airsoft Guns – An Airsoft gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Airsoft grenades are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags. 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.
 
Ammunition Discovered at (L-R) ORD and SDY
Ammunition Discovered at (L-R) ORD and SDY
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 
(Top to Bottom) Guns Discovered at PHX and BWI
(Top to Bottom) Guns Discovered at PHX and BWI
30 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 30 firearms, 26 were loaded and 9 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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30 comments:

Michael Blackwood said...

I can't believe that no guns were found in Atlanta two weeks in a row. How often does this happen?

Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds."

Well, if the purpose of the weekly TSA police (b)log is to reduce the frequency with which guns are brought through checkpoints, wouldn't you have to conclude that the blog has failed in its mission? Week after week, same old posts. (And week after week, absolutely nothing found via AIT.)

Anonymous said...

To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump with this "blog" which does nothing to improve "communication" with the public.

Susan Richart said...

The first two comments are right on the money. This "blog" is a total waste of taxpayer money.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

I see the blog as important because so many people know the law but chose to disregard it. This is a good reminder if you see or know something - report it for your own safety and others.

Anonymous said...

You guys complain and complain about this blog but you are the first to post comments every week. Why don't you find something to do with your time? read a book, adopt a dog something sheesh!

Don Cochron said...

Keep sending this blog. The NRA folks need to see the value of TSA screenings.

RB said...

Pretty hard to ruin a blog, well except for TSA.

How many awards has this blog won in the last couple of years?

Anonymous said...

TSAnonymous sez :
You guys complain and complain about this blog but you are the first to post comments every week. Why don't you find something to do with your time? read a book, adopt a dog something sheesh!

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Perhaps it is hope that someone will actually post something of truth and substance that keeps me coming back. Or maybe it's that I feel the need to call out the TSA on what is really going on. In any case, freedom of speech trumps your opinion.

Robert said...

Wast of taxpayer money? Really? Because a blog costs so much to print & mail? While I would like to see the TSA disbanded, I won't fault them for fulfilling their mission and communicating what has been going on to the public. If anything this blog shows the anti-gun crowd that weapons probably more or less freely traveled the skies for decades prior to increased screening methods without incident (no criminal intent, no problem). This blog also provides an opportunity to suggest fine tuning to the inspection procedures, such as letting parents present little kids Airsoft grenades etc for inspection prior to boarding and allowing them in checked baggage. I like openness in Govt and this blog is a great example.

Marshax3 said...

Huh. My comment which followed blog policy was rejected in lieu of the fawning TSAnonymous comments.

Got an excuse besides censorship, West?

Marshax3 said...

Naked pic scanners again proven useless since these weapons would have been found (or were found) using carry-on x-ray or WTMD.

Susan Richart said...

Robert said: "If anything this blog shows the anti-gun crowd that weapons probably more or less freely traveled the skies for decades prior to increased screening methods..."

Robert, it has been pointed out on more than one occasion that airport screening found MORE guns prior to the inception of the TSA than are found now.

Screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Chico said...

Susan is right, TSAnonymous. Guns have always been carried on planes, and they were always found prior TSA's existence, and at a higher rate than your favorite security theater troupe does now!

What's the difference? The internet and a govt dept so despised that they trot out this weakly blotter (pun intended) trying to justify their existence.

Since the numbers of weapons they miss is more than twice as many as they find, the TSA blotter and spam Twitter accts is both disingenuous and statistically insignificant.

*screenshot*

RB said...

Robert said...Wast of taxpayer money? Really? Because a blog costs so much to print & mail? While I would like to see the TSA disbanded, I won't fault them for fulfilling their mission and communicating what has been going on to the public. If anything this blog shows the anti-gun crowd that weapons probably more or less freely traveled the skies for decades prior to increased screening methods without incident (no criminal intent, no problem). This blog also provides an opportunity to suggest fine tuning to the inspection procedures, such as letting parents present little kids Airsoft grenades etc for inspection prior to boarding and allowing them in checked baggage. I like openness in Govt and this blog is a great example.May 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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Communicating what has been going on?

If that was happening I would agree with you.

When did TSA communicate about the two children that was recently given full body pat downs (theres another word for it but TSA doesn't believe in free speech)?

When did TSA discuss the apparent corruption in the TSA FAMS?

When did TSA discuss the GAO report that calls the TSA BDO program a waste of money?

Why don't you tells us when TSA has discussed anything that might cast some negative light on TSA.

This blog isn't about openess, nor does it provide honest information, in fact I think it does something else entirely.

The TSA Blog is a propaganda tool trying to convince the gullible that TSA is doing something useful while the truth is polar opposite.

Sandra said...

From FlyerTalk:

I forgot to remove my belt and my keys which had a 2 inch pocket knife attached to it, they missed it. On the way back my wife brought 3 scissors ranging in size of 5-7 inches all with very sharp tips they missed that. Why bother going through security if they miss it all?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22808100-post1.html

Why indeed.

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RB said...

Marshax3 said...Huh. My comment which followed blog policy was rejected in lieu of the fawning TSAnonymous comments.Got an excuse besides censorship, West?May 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM
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What I find remarkable is that the TSA Blog Team all took the civil service oath yet they fail to honor their oath.

They may not like what we say or how we say it but the constitution, as amended, is clear, government cannot infringe on the publics speech except in very narrowly decided cases.

If these people had any personal honor they would resign. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

Censorship of speech is how we use to view Soviet Russia, Red China, North Korea, and old East Germany.

Now it is the United States of America, a formerly free nation.

Thanks TSA for doing your part to destroy a once great country.

“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” 5 U.S.C. §3331

Anonymous said...

I would like to know the profile of the guilty travellers, and what fines/penalties are imposed to each. It seems like the same number of items are found every week. The jails and/or coffers must be overflowing by now.

RB said...

Perhaps it is hope that someone will actually post something of truth and substance that keeps me coming back. Or maybe it's that I feel the need to call out the TSA on what is really going on. In any case, freedom of speech trumps your opinion.

May 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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Have you noticed how the TSA employees running this blog dishonor their Oath to the United States Constitution by censoring readers speech?

I submitted an earlier response addressing this issue and guess what? That's right the TSA and its blog team censored my speech.

How can we expect TSA to defend anything when they can't even comply with the most basic law of the land?

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.

Bubba said...

So why do you need the slow, invasive expensive and obviously ineffective full body scanners? Week after week, nothing dangerous toward aviation is found using these machines. All they are doing is inconveniencing innocent passengers, increasing the odds of anyone with a medical issue being singled out and giving money to the company that sells them.

Stop the use of full body scanners!

RB said...

"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."

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Don't hold your breath waiting on TSA to respond to your questions since they only claim to discuss "All Things TSA".

Looks to me that TSA through Blogger Bob & Krewe have completely disengaged from the stated purpose of this blog.

Seriously, this blog has become a total joke at the hands of Blogger Bob.

Anonymous said...

Oh, look, another week where absolutely nothing was found with your slow, invasive, oversensitive naked body scanners.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work!!! Millions of thankful passengers daily and only a few bored whiners here. Kudos.

Chico said...

"TSAnonymous May 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM
Keep up the great work!!! Millions of thankful passengers daily and only a few bored whiners here. Kudos."

You keep telling yourself that, TSA screener. Deny the truth that it's 1.2 million, not "millions" of flyers. Deny the truth that you are pitied, resented, or merely tolerated by all of those passengers. Deny that you are violating the rights, bodies, and property of every single person going through your screening area.

We who criticize the TSA aren't bored. We are done putting up with the waste of tax dollars and violation of the US Constitution.

Stop hiding behind anonimity, TSAnonymous, when posting on your dept's website. It's unethical.

Anonymous said...

I WELCOME this blog, it helps us understand the state of threats to our security when using the airlines for transportation. Thanks for the information!

Chico said...

TSAnonymouses from May 8 & 11, is that you, Bob?

Funny how your comments are immediately posted, but critical ones are delayed and deleted.

TSA employees posting anonymously and pretending to be part of the flying public is unethical. Blotter team members posting anonymously is even more so. Preventing the American public from commenting is egregious and violates our Constitutional rights.

You keep denying the truth your own dept has admitted in court docs that terrorists are NOT targeting airplanes in America. You claim this blog keeps you aware of anything? Merely the 3 out of 7 weapons they actually find that are on a thousandth of a single percent of all passengers in a week.

We who criticize the TSA aren't bored. We are done with the lies, the fake security, the censorship, and the water of $8 billion dollars every year!

Screenshot.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Approximately 153 million dollars spent this week by the TSA.

That is about 5 million per loaded gun found this week.

It would be cheaper to just give everyone on the plane a firearm when they check in and have them return it at the end of their flight.

Chico said...

Why are my questions and comments being deleted?

What are you afraid of, blotter team?

My comments have met blog policy and there was absolutely no reason not to post them.

I find it ridiculous that calling out the TSAnonymous posters as TSA employees who are acting unethical, is worth deleting a post.

C'mon Bob, if you are the TSAnonymous commenters or if it's your buddies down the hall, just post your name.

*Screen shot*

Anonymous said...

"I WELCOME this blog, it helps us understand the state of threats to our security..."

How exactly does the blog do that? I do not recall seeing any risk assessment data posted here. I have looked at the (publicly available) Global Terrorism Database, however, and it showed me that TSA/DHS overstates the risk of terror in North America.