Friday, May 16, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 38 Loaded Firearms, Inert Explosives, Concealed Items, and Other Items of Note


Inert Items Discovered at (L-R) SAN, SEA, & SFO
Inert Items Discovered at (L-R) SAN, SEA, & SFO
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 
  • An inert grenade was detected in the carry-on bag of a Seattle (SEA) passenger.
  • Five 40mm grenade launcher practice rounds and one 20mm practice round were discovered in checked baggage at San Diego (SAN).
  • Three hollowed out replica grenades, six brass projectile cartridges, one hollowed out replica mortar, and one hollowed out replica 30mm projectile were discovered in a checked bag at San Francisco (SFO). 
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 38 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

(T-B) Items Discovered at SAN & SAV
(T-B) Items Discovered at SAN & SAV
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 magazine loaded with seven rounds of .45 caliber ammunition was detected in the carry-on bag of a Savannah (SAV) passenger. The loaded magazine was inside of a sock and hidden under the lining of his ba
  • Two concealed knives with 10-inch blades were detected in the carry-on bag of a San Francisco (SFO) passenger. The knives were wrapped in paper and taped to the bottom interior lining of his bag.
  • 23 credit card knives were discovered this week. Three were discovered at Fargo (FAR), two were discovered at Cincinnati (CVG), two more at Memphis (MEM), and the remainder were discovered at Bismarck (BIS), Charleston (CHS), Colorado Springs (COS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Hibbing (HIB), Kansas City (MCI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Long Beach (LGB), Minneapolis (MSP), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Oakland (OAK), Saipan (GSN), San Juan (SJU), St. Louis (STL), Tampa (TPA), and Tucson (TUS). 
(Clockwise) Knives discovered at DAL, BOS, LAX, BTV, DTW
(Clockwise) Items discovered at DAL, BOS, LAX, BTV, DTW
All Discovered In One Passenger's Bag at ROA Torch Lighters, Stun Gun, Knives
All Discovered In One Passenger's Bag at ROA
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 thing

Stun Guns – 14 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two more at Detroit (DTW), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Milwaukee (MKE), Minneapolis (MSP), Newport News (PHF), Pensacola (PNS), Richmond (RIC), Roanoke (ROA), Stockton (SCK), and Watertown (ART). 

Ammunition in Carry-on Bag at MCO
Ammunition in Carry-on Bag at MCO
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.

Airsoft Guns – Four Airsoft guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at San Francisco (SAN), and one was discovered at Honolulu (HNL). 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 

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags  
Firearms Discovered at (Clockwise) GPI, PHX, DAL, LAS, PHX, DAL & AUS
Firearms Discovered at (Clockwise) GPI, PHX, DAL, LAS, PHX, DAL & AUS
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 38 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.

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27 comments:

RB said...

Another week where TSA proves once again that electronic strip search machines give very little return on tax payer investments.

TSA is trying hard to be the governments Bernie Madoff.

Anonymous said...

>> batons and a lot of sharp pointy thing

Looks like you need some lessons in how to copy and paste the complete text from previous police logs, I mean, blogs.

Jimmie Mac said...

Were any of the items on your blotter, "Team" found on the person or just in carry on and checked baggage xray?

If they were on the person, walk through metal detectors would have found them without violating our privacy.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Nope. No terrorists this week. No criminals seeking to harm others or commit crimes against passengers or aircraft.

And!

Nothing with the fancy scanners.

Better luck next week.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't "Pack it, Declare it, Keep it" mean anything to these folks?

Come on, folks.

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Why wasn't I mentioned in this weeks blog? I transported a can of Ajax cleanser which contained bleach. It was tested (nope - not Cocaine) and was allowed by the supervisor, thankfully, but next time it will probably be prohibited, which could be just a whim of a (non-flatering, generic description of employee who likes to exercise power over the traveling public.)

Gee, I notice that a bunch of people have given up posting comments. Knew they would tire out as feedback never reached the deaf ears of people who could actually change the system, overseen by someone who likes his job.

RB said...

All of these "Big Catches" yet TSA has failed to mention the most important "Big Catch"

http://7online.com/archive/9532895/

"A TSA Supervisor was arrested at Kennedy Airport accused of setting up a meeting in the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual activity with minors."

One of TSA's finest I take!

Anonymous said...

Another week, another complete lack of anything found with your slow, invasive, and untested naked body scanners. Why won't you people admit that they don't work, they're a mistake, and get rid of them?

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.

Anonymous said...

If only the people knew that the body scanners that the TSA use was a mandate from congress maybe they would shift some of the blame. The TSA only uses the tools that they are required to use.

Anonymous said...

Yep, another week of the bored and lonely attacking TSA as millions of happy passengers fly through airports and live their lives.

Anonymous said...

Given that TSA has been exempting people from its naked body scanners almost since day one - airline crew, airport workers, wealthy and elite passengers, children, active military, etc. - your claim of a "mandate" from Congress is exposed as the sort of hollow and disingenuous misrepresentation we've come to expect from TSA and its apologists. Shameful.

And, of course, the simple fact of the matter is that despite all of the claims by Curtis Burns, West, and the rest of the TSA bloggers, the naked body scanners have yet to find a single dangerous object that a fast, noninvasive metal detector wouldn't have.

Say -- Curtis, West, and friends -- any chance you'll share each week's tally of false positives and "pat-downs" that found absolutely nothing after the naked body scanners detected a supposed "threat"?

Anonymous said...

"Yep, another week of the bored and lonely attacking TSA as millions of happy passengers fly through airports and live their lives."

It is statements such as this, made without reliance on data or analysis, that exemplifies why US airports have nude body scanners in the first place.

Susan Richart said...

Anonymous wrote:

"....any chance you'll share each week's tally of false positives and "pat-downs" that found absolutely nothing after the naked body scanners detected a supposed "threat"?"

Not a chance in hades they will do that.

"Since TSA has failed to analyze and utilize AIT false alarm rates, we have no idea how many passengers are being subjected to pat-downs due to technological failures,” House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., said."

screen shot/DHS OIG

RB said...

Anonymous 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.
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I'm thinking you will wait on TSA to respond until the end of time. TSA has no interest to answer real questions, especially when they can have no reasonable response. TSA Pre Check has not been developed using any form of Risk Analysis and proof of that is in how TSA randomly selects people for inclusion with out regard to risk.

I have been on two round trips recently and on both outbound flights was given Pre Check but not on the return legs. So either I am a more risky person when returning home or there is simply no basis to how TSA operates Pre Check.

I think evidence clearly indicates that Risk is not part of TSA's security plan.

RB said...

Say -- Curtis, West, and friends -- any chance you'll share each week's tally of false positives and "pat-downs" that found absolutely nothing after the naked body scanners detected a supposed "threat"?

May 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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What evidence suggests that Curtis is still part of this blog?

If he is he is just sulking over in the corner.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said :
"It is statements such as this, made without reliance on data or analysis, that exemplifies why US airports have nude body scanners in the first place."

And there is no data or analysis to suggest that a passenger carrying a loaded firearm, stun gun or knife would not be out to harm other passengeres or crew.

Anonymous said...

Guess the blog team is on vacation again this week.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Guess the blog team is on vacation again this week."

Not as of yet.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Will there be a post addressing the latest TSA employee to be arrested - this time, a supervisor in NYC, for child pornography?

Anonymous said...

With no disrespect intended for current or former military, I think they should undergo the same screening as the rest of us. There have been a number of cases where active military have been violent with guns, and we hear all the time about PTSD. Just as not all teachers or preachers are above the law, neither are any other groups.
Many of the bloggers on this site are not people I would want to be on an airplane with! Irrationality, sneering, etc. are not good traits for travelers.
I personally don't mind the security searches. For all the weapons found, it is worth that alone. Can't believe people are so stupid.

Anonymous said...

"And there is no data or analysis to suggest that a passenger carrying a loaded firearm, stun gun or knife would not be out to harm other passengeres or crew."

Oh? Has someone been convicted as a result of TSA seizure of a gun or knife?

Anonymous said...

"And there is no data or analysis to suggest that a passenger carrying a loaded firearm, stun gun or knife would not be out to harm other passengeres or crew."

Considering how many weapons the TSA misses, per their own audits, and considering that none of these "missed" weapons were used to harm any passengers or crew, I'd say that could lead to a reasonable analysis that indicates that their owners are not in fact out to do harm with them.

Anonymous said...

WOW who wouldn't notice the weapons besides how stupid could people be bring this stuff into a airport

Anonymous said...

How does the TSA know many they missed if they missed them?

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"How does the TSA know many they missed if they missed them?"

Red team tests. Last numbers that were published was ~70% failure rate. Even though TSA claims that's an old number, more recent GAO reports indicate that number has not changed much over time. I'd also hazard a guess that the real failure rate is actually much higher, because I'd hazard a guess that it only includes false negatives, and ignored false positives. But since they hide those numbers (and testing procedures) behind a cloak of secrecy, we'll never know for sure unless someone is brave enough to leak that info.

Anonymous said...

"And there is no data or analysis to suggest that a passenger carrying a loaded firearm, stun gun or knife would not be out to harm other passengeres or crew."

Have you heard of this thing called presumption of innocence, which the U.S. legal system is (or at least used to be) based on? That "innocent until proven guilty" thing?