Friday, May 23, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 48 Firearms Discovered This Week In Carry-On Bags (39 Loaded)



Loaded Firearm (SHV)
Loaded Firearm (SHV)
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 were loaded and 15 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Inert Ordnance and Grenades, etc. – TSA continues 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.

Artfully Concealed Items (Clockwise) BOS, LGB, PHL, ROA
Artfully Concealed Items (Clockwise) BOS, LGB, PHL, ROA
  • Seven inert grenades were discovered this week. Six were discovered in checked-baggage at Anchorage (ANC) and one was found in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS).

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 officers in strange places. 

Batarangs (EWR)
Batarangs (EWR)
  • 42 credit card knives were discovered this week. Eleven were discovered at Kansas City (MCI), eleven were discovered at Minneapolis (MSP), three were discovered at Tampa (TPA), two at Myrtle Beach (MYR), two at Cincinnati (CVG), two at St Louis (STL), and the remainder were discovered at Bismarck (BIS), Charleston (CHS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Duluth (DLH),  Fargo (FAR), Joplin (JLN), Long Beach (LGB), Manchester (MHT), Saint Louis (STL), Shreveport (SHV) and Traverse City (TVC).
  • A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook was discovered in checked baggage at Philadelphia (PHL).
  • Knives (Clockwise) ABE, BOS, BTV, ITH
    Knives (Clockwise) ABE, BOS, BTV, ITH
  • A utility blade was detected within a tablet computer at Chicago Midway (MDW).
  •  After opting out of AIT screening at Jacksonville (JAX), a manicure set and a pocket knife were discovered under a passenger’s undergarments during a pat-down.
  •  A cane with a stun gun built into the bottom was discovered at Roanoke (ROA).

Gun-shaped Knife
Gun-shaped Knife
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, 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.

Airsoft Gun (PBI)
Airsoft Gun (PBI)
Stun Guns – 14 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at Akron (CAK), Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Denver (DEN), Greensboro (GSO), Kansas City (MCI), Los Angeles (LAX), Milwaukee (MKE), Oklahoma City (OKC), Richmond (RIC), Roanoke (ROA), Sacramento (SMF) and San Francisco (SFO). 

Airsoft Guns – Three Airsoft guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Two were discovered at Palm Beach (PBI) and one was discovered at Abilene (ABI). 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 

 
Loaded Guns Discovered at (Clockwise) SJU, MAF, BNA, LAS, BGR, CLT, LEX
Loaded Guns Discovered at (Clockwise) SJU, MAF, BNA, LAS, BGR, CLT, LEX
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 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 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. 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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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another blotter post full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Bubba said...

Again, nothing discovered that requires the use of full body scanners. Why are you still using these expensive, slow, invasive, disgusting and obviously ineffective machines?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations...you performed the basic tasks of your jobs for another week.

Why do I still have to remove my shoes in the US? Most places around the world no longer require shoe removal and their flights are just as safe as ours.

Anonymous said...

Are these "GUN carriers" being arrested? Our nation wants to pass conceal weapon laws and this is the consequences.
If these people are prosecuted, then maybe they will be more aware of what they are doing. This is not the Wild Wild West, or is it?

Anonymous said...

Oh my god people above me. Better safe than sorry. How hard is it for you to take off your shoes?? It's a simple task and only takes a couple of seconds. If you feel like it's a hard process, wear flip flops or slip ons. But don't complain because I prefer to fly safely. Thank you very much, TSA and security for making flying safe every day. It decreases my anxiety. It's also kind of interesting to see what is brought in their carry-on bags. Thank gosh those were taken out and not put on the plane. That's why we have you and I am very appreciative.

Anonymous said...

Of course it does not say what type of pills
but since when does 67 pills in a plastic bag inside a hollowed out book constitute a threat

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Oh my god people above me. Better safe than sorry. How hard is it for you to take off your shoes?? It's a simple task and only takes a couple of seconds. If you feel like it's a hard process, wear flip flops or slip ons. But don't complain because I prefer to fly safely. Thank you very much, TSA and security for making flying safe every day. It decreases my anxiety. It's also kind of interesting to see what is brought in their carry-on bags. Thank gosh those were taken out and not put on the plane. That's why we have you and I am very appreciative.
May 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM


Oh, yes, so appreciative! Why, whatever would we do without the TSA??!

Gee -- just fly freely and safely as we did for over 80 years, and all without being pawed, groped, or robbed.

Anonymous said...

So interesting to read about some of the weird things you folks find! Thanks for all your hard work in keeping us safe.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous sez...
Oh my god people above me.
Don't you know better than to take the Lord's name in vain?

How hard is it for you to take off your shoes??
Not hard for most people, but for me (with ataxia) it's much more difficult.

If you feel like it's a hard process, wear flip flops or slip ons.
...which would be dangerous in boarding or deboarding an aircraft, especially if using stairs on a smaller aircraft.

But don't complain because I prefer to fly safely.
So do I, and with my trekking poles, I could easily whack a terrorist in the face.

It decreases my anxiety.
So does my pet cat.

It's also kind of interesting to see what is brought in their carry-on bags.
Interesting, but unsafe? Maybe you're interested for the same reason that many TSOs have been busted for theft?

Thank gosh those were taken out and not put on the plane.
Much better. The Lord thanks you.

That's why we have you and I am very appreciative.
You appreciate a figment of your imagination when it comes to safety. Without newer statistics, the TSA hasn't proven that it catches even HALF of the contraband smuggled through security in past simulations.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "That's why we have you and I am very appreciative."

Thank you very much Anon, we appricate the sentiments and commentary!

Anon sez - "So interesting to read about some of the weird things you folks find! Thanks for all your hard work in keeping us safe."

We do find some extremely interesting items, some boggle the mind, others are simply "funny looking" or not something we see often and need to be cleared for travel. Thanks for the commentary!

West
TSA Blog Team

CliffOnTheRoad said...

FAILED HIJACK ATTEMPT; 67 pills in a plastic bag is not enough to dope up the whole plane.

Remember your teacher asking "did you bring enough for the whole class?"

Thank goodness for the TSA. Next advance will be to confirm passengers have correctly sized condoms.

In all seriousness, pill? How am I safer traveling? Please provide me with the TSA training manual reference to pills; SERIOUSLY.

Anonymous said...

Flying safely for over 80 years? Aren't you forgetting the two into the WTC, the one into the Pentagon, and the one in the field in Pennsylvania? We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail. Please remember these people tomorrow--they are heroes too.

Anonymous said...

Could we have some more information about the pills you confiscated?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your work! I appreciate the mindfulness you bring to your efforts to keep us all safe. Daphne

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Flying safely for over 80 years? Aren't you forgetting the two into the WTC, the one into the Pentagon, and the one in the field in Pennsylvania? We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail. Please remember these people tomorrow--they are heroes too.
May 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM


Oh, brother. I was waiting for someone to bring up 9/11.

"9/11! 9/11! 9/11 changed everything!"

First of all, no, they aren't heroes; they were victims.

Second, yet another niggling fact is in order, though it's been repeated here only about a hundred times: no bombs were brought on planes on 9/11. Neither guns nor knives nor brass knuckles nor throwing stars nor marijuana nor pills nor inert grenades brought down the planes on 9/11.

The planes themselves were commandeered, something that won't happen again for only two reasons, neither of which is due to the TSA: the cockpit doors have been secured, and passengers will no longer passively submit.

If you're so afraid Big Scary Terrorists are hiding around every corner, do us all a favor and stay home. The rest of us have lives to lead. And we prefer to lead them in freedom and reason, not fear.

screen shot

Anonymous said...

"Flying safely for over 80 years? Aren't you forgetting the two into the WTC, the one into the Pentagon, and the one in the field in Pennsylvania?..."

Over dramatize much? Flying IS safe--even without the TSA.

A. 9/11 won't happen again. Passengers will no longer cooperate with terrorists, and cockpit doors are locked.

B. Statistically, flying is safer than driving--even considering recent terror events. You are more likely to die from heart disease or cancer than from an airplane crash or a terror attack. You are more likely to drown in a bathtub. --http://www.livescience.com/3780-odds-dying.html and http://reason.com/archives/2006/08/11/dont-be-terrorized

RB said...

Anonymous said...Flying safely for over 80 years? Aren't you forgetting the two into the WTC, the one into the Pentagon, and the one in the field in Pennsylvania? We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail. Please remember these people tomorrow--they are heroes too.May 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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Sorry, while the loss of life from the events of 9/11 is sad and a black day for this country it has nothing to do with Memorial day and TSA has nothing to do with either date.

What we see from this weeks recap of items found is TSA exceeding a limited administrative search and then bragging about it. Or finding toys and items that are in no way a threat to anything yet TSA can't help thinking it's worth bragging about too.

It's well past time to demand that TSA restricts its activities to limited administrative searches for the sole purpose of finding WEI. That is the extent of TSA's job and we should expect TSA to do its job.

G.N. Harper said...

Glad those guns won't be on my flight this weekend. G

RB said...

G.N. Harper said...
Glad those guns won't be on my flight this weekend. G

May 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM
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The last Red Team tests available to the public indicated that TSA screeners missed 70% of threat items.

TSA hides the results of Red Team testing now. Wonder why?

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.

Susan Richart said...

TSA screener goes up under woman's skirt to grope her genital area. That's verboten but it happened.

http://tsanewsblog.com/13931/news/new-passenger-discovers-tsa-grope-policy/

"The woman groped my crotch — twice. She went underneath my dress."

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Considering over half of TSAs workforce are veterans of our military; I think Memorial Day means a lot to most of them. Keep up the great work!

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...A plastic bag containing 67 pills "

That were dangerous to air travel how, exactly?

And better luck next week.... there's a terrorist out there somewhere for you. Just keep believing and you just might catch him someday.

Anonymous said...

"... Anonymous said...
Oh my god people above me. Better safe than sorry. "

That only works if the Shoe carnival and liquid restrictions and usless body scanners actually kept us safer.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Considering over half of TSAs workforce are veterans of our military; I think Memorial Day means a lot to most of them. Keep up the great work!

May 28, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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Memorial Day is the day that we remember those who died in wars. It is not about the living.

Memorial Day means a lot to many people but the simple fact is that it has nothing to do with TSA.

Anonymous said...

Some of these comments= SMH
Regardless if forgein or domestic... there are still some out there who would like nothing more than to ruin your day... Permanantly!
Relax people... Fly Safe :o)

Anonymous said...

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/28/tsa-check-misses-empty-ak-47-clips-in-yemeni-mans-luggage/

So TSA stops passengers who buy a one-way ticket and are carrying a lot of cash (both of which are presumably circumstances that indicate terror risk) but completely misses the AK-47 ammo clips in their luggage? What exactly are you people doing at the checkpoints???

GSOLTSO said...

Daphne sez - "Thank you for your work! I appreciate the mindfulness you bring to your efforts to keep us all safe. Daphne"

Thank you Daphne, we appreciate the kind thoughts!

Anon sez - "Considering over half of TSAs workforce are veterans of our military; I think Memorial Day means a lot to most of them. Keep up the great work!"

We appreciate the kind words! I think the actual ratio is closer to 1/3rd of the workforce, perhaps even 1/4 of the workforce, but we do have quite a few former and current military members on duty with us. I too am fairly certain that Memorial Day means quite a bit to them.

RB sez - "Memorial Day is the day that we remember those who died in wars. It is not about the living.

Memorial Day means a lot to many people but the simple fact is that it has nothing to do with TSA."

I would modify this just a little, Memorial Day is about paying homage to those that died during wars to help remind the living of them and their sacrifices.

With 1/4+ of the workforce being former/current military members, Memorial Day is important to a large percentage of the workforce - thus making it a pretty big deal to TSA in general - the same with Veterans Day.

Anon sez - "http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/28/tsa-check-misses-empty-ak-47-clips-in-yemeni-mans-luggage/

So TSA stops passengers who buy a one-way ticket and are carrying a lot of cash (both of which are presumably circumstances that indicate terror risk) but completely misses the AK-47 ammo clips in their luggage? What exactly are you people doing at the checkpoints???"

Considering the AK-47 magazines were in the checked baggage, and there is no requirement to declare empty magazines, TSA was following the regulations as posted.
Since the items were in the passengers checked luggage, I would further venture the checkpoint personnel had nothing to do with the search of the checked luggage - so they were operating the checkpoint.

West
TSA Blog Team

Susan Richart said...

West wrote:

"Considering the AK-47 magazines were in the checked baggage, and there is no requirement to declare empty magazines, TSA was following the regulations as posted."

From my original comment on this:

"A TSA spokesman told MailOnline today that the empty magazines were in checked luggage and although the clips are illegal, the agency's role is not to find such items. The TSA is focused on finding any item which would cause 'catastrophic damage' to a plane."

If it is illegal to carry such, then why didn't the TSA baggage screeners act? They certainly would have had they found suspected drugs.

These two men were stopped by the TSA for carrying large sums of cash which is not illegal if it has been properly declared.

After discussions with CPB, they were allowed to continue their travels with their cash. This says that they had properly declared their cash, otherwise it would have been confiscated.

Is it the TSA's job to report travelers with large sums of cash to the CPB?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

GSOLTSO said...

Susan sez - "If it is illegal to carry such, then why didn't the TSA baggage screeners act? They certainly would have had they found suspected drugs."

Many of the baggage areas (if not all) at LAX use CT technology, if the bag did not alarm it was most likely not opened. Even if they opened the bag looking for an item that alarmed, there is no guarantee that the magazines were seen (unless they alarmed the CT system) - since they were not looking for them specifically. The same would be the case with many other items that may be illegal - if it is not seen or is not the subject of an alarm, there is nothing to report.

As far as traveling with Currency, the posting on TSAs website is here.

And here is the blog post on traveling with large amounts of currency.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...Susan sez - "If it is illegal to carry such, then why didn't the TSA baggage screeners act? They certainly would have had they found suspected drugs."Many of the baggage areas (if not all) at LAX use CT technology, if the bag did not alarm it was most likely not opened. Even if they opened the bag looking for an item that alarmed, there is no guarantee that the magazines were seen (unless they alarmed the CT system) - since they were not looking for them specifically. The same would be the case with many other items that may be illegal - if it is not seen or is not the subject of an alarm, there is nothing to report. As far as traveling with Currency, the posting on TSAs website is here.And here is the blog post on traveling with large amounts of currency.WestTSA Blog TeamMay 31, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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There is no law restricting how much cash a person can travel with. There is a requirement to declare $10,000 and over to Customs when leaving or entering the country. TSA has no role in this area and interfering in this area violates the limited search doctrine.

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Charges will be dropped for the Grenade at LAX. Also according to news sources on May 31, the WWII was his father's (RIP), a retired Navy captain, used as a paperweight.