Friday, July 25, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 50 Firearms, 80 Pounds of Marijuana, and Other Notable Items Discovered This Week



Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT)
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT)
50 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 50 firearms, 44 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
 
80 pounds of marijuana discovered in checked bag at CRQ
80 pounds of marijuana (CRQ)
80 Pounds of Marijuana - 80 pounds of marijuana was discovered last Friday in a checked bag at the McClellan - Palomar (CRQ) airport in California. While we are looking primarily for explosive devices, it’s difficult not to see 80 pounds of it. When discovered, contraband is reported to local law enforcement.

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 double edge knife was detected in a cane at Minneapolis (MSP).
  • Three knife keys were discovered at Birmingham (BGM).
Knife keys discovered in carry-on bag at Birmingham (BGM)
Knife keys discovered in carry-on bag at Birmingham (BGM)

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert 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.

  • A realistic replica hand grenade was discovered at Las Vegas (LAS).

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 many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Speargun discovered in carry-on bag at St. Croix (STX)
Speargun discovered in carry-on bag at St. Croix (STX)
(Left to Right) Four knives in one bag (MCO), Hunting Knife (BUR), Switchblades (BUR, MCO & MCI)
(Left to Right) Four knives in one bag (MCO), Hunting Knife (BUR), Switchblades (BUR, MCO & MCI)
(Left to Right) 16 knuckle knives (IAD), Throwing Knives (SJC & LGB), Throwing Star (LAS)
(Left to Right) 16 knuckle knives (IAD), Throwing Knives (SJC & LGB), Throwing Star (LAS)
Stun Guns –15 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Denver (DEN), and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fresno (FAT), Jackson (JAN), Las Vegas (LAS), Omaha (OMA), Sacramento (SMF), and San Francisco (SFO).

Airsoft Gun – An Airsoft gun was discovered this week in a carry-on bag at the Lubbock (LBB) airport. 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

Guns Discovered at (Left to Right, Top To Bottom): AUS, DAL, CVG, SGF, ICT, RDM
Guns Discovered at (Left to Right, Top To Bottom): AUS, DAL, CVG, SGF, ICT, RDM
Guns Discovered at (Left to Right):DEN, HOU, TPA
Guns Discovered at (Left to Right):DEN, HOU, TPA
Guns Discovered at (Top To Bottom): MSO, PHX, PSC
Guns Discovered at (Top To Bottom): MSO, PHX, PSC

50 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 50 firearms, 44 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. 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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28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's a template for you, blotter team:

BLAH. BLAH. BLAH BLAH. GUNS!

BLAH BLAH. BLAH. BLAH. TERRORISM!

BLAH. BLAH. BLAH BLAH. KNIVES!

BLAH BLAH. BLAH. BLAH. FEAR!

BLAH. BLAH. BLAH BLAH. TSA! TSA! TSA!

Anonymous said...

Are people really this stupid? Is there anyone in the world that is unaware you can't carry a gun on an airplane??

RB said...

You claim a speargun was found at STX but only show the handle. Were there any spears? If not the item was harmless and not worthy of mention.

M C Garrett said...

wow, i do not get why anyone would not follow the rules
I respect the T S A tremendously. Thank You

Anonymous said...

How is marijuana a danger to a plane?

Anonymous said...

How is marijuana a danger to a plane?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Aaaannnnddd.......

No Terrorists.

Not one.

Oh, and by the way, that wasn't a spear gun, it was a part of a spear gun. Not really dangerous unless you threw it hard enough at someone's head.

Anonymous said...

What is TSA doing about the man who pretended to be a TSA employee and groped women in a private screening room? If that is sexual assault, aren't patdowns by TSA employees also sexual assaults? Is that why TSA is trying to hide this story?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many people don't want to have to check their bag for a couple of knives or something like that, which leads to an attempt to get them through security. Maybe if airlines didn't charge for bags to be checked, this would decrease.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

" Anonymous said...Maybe if airlines didn't charge for bags to be checked, this would decrease."

Airlines are charging for bags because they are losing money from reduced passenger counts. If you have to arrive at the airport more than an hour before your flight just to get through security, then a two hour flight becomes three or more at the airport. At that point it becomes easier to drive to your destination so you skip flying. Less passengers flying, airlines start losing money, airlines start charging for bags, few people fly, TSA makes it harder to get through the airport with their fancy new scanners slowing down the whole process even more, fewer passengers..... you get the idea.

Thanks TSA. You will be, ultimately, the cause for the complete collapse of the airline industry.

Anonymous said...

How sad that people forget 911

RB said...

 Anonymous said...How sad that people forget 911
July 28, 2014 at 6:24 AM

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How sad that people are so eager to give away our rights and freedoms to an oppressive government.

Anonymous said...

"... Anonymous said...
How sad that people forget 911"

How sad that people accuse those who disagree with the TSA have somehow forgotten September 11th.

The TSA is not the reason we haven't had another incident like that. And if you think that way I have a nice bridge I could sell you cheap.

Anonymous said...

SSSS for Some Reason said...
" Anonymous said...Maybe if airlines didn't charge for bags to be checked, this would decrease."

Airlines are charging for bags because they are losing money from reduced passenger counts. If you have to arrive at the airport more than an hour before your flight just to get through security, then a two hour flight becomes three or more at the airport. At that point it becomes easier to drive to your destination so you skip flying. Less passengers flying, airlines start losing money, airlines start charging for bags, few people fly, TSA makes it harder to get through the airport with their fancy new scanners slowing down the whole process even more, fewer passengers..... you get the idea.

Thanks TSA. You will be, ultimately, the cause for the complete collapse of the airline industry.

please provide references to validate your statements.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"... Anonymous said...
How sad that people forget 911"

How sad that people accuse those who disagree with the TSA have somehow forgotten September 11th.

The TSA is not the reason we haven't had another incident like that. And if you think that way I have a nice bridge I could sell you cheap.

where did the person say anything about people disagreeing with tsa?

Anonymous said...

RB said...
You claim a speargun was found at STX but only show the handle. Were there any spears? If not the item was harmless and not worthy of mention.

excellent, so using the same logic why are firearms prohibited if they dont have any bullets?

RB said...

Anonymous said..."... Anonymous said...How sad that people forget 911"
.......
How sad that people accuse those who disagree with the TSA have somehow forgotten September 11th.The TSA is not the reason we haven't had another incident like that. And if you think that way I have a nice bridge I could sell you cheap.July 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM
........

You don't have to sell cheap, these people will pay anything to feel safe or even to buy your bridge.

RB said...

Now that a turban bomb has been used to kill someone will TSA finally demand the removal of all headgear or continue to discriminate against some sectors of the population?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
RB said... You claim a speargun was found at STX but only show the handle. Were there any spears? If not the item was harmless and not worthy of mention.
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excellent, so using the same logic why are firearms prohibited if they dont have any bullets?July 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM
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If you can't understand the difference then you are either a current TSA employee or a future TSA employee.

Anonymous said...

i would like to see a blog posting about the tsa allowing people to propose security ideas. get the information out and have all the helpful bloggers assist with tsa. i cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am perfectly fine with the TSA making me take my hat off or anything else. I would rather be safe than sorry. If you don't have anything to hide then you won't mind taking off a turbin. That's not discrimination that just called good old fashion common sense. It also tells you the rules up front on the TSA website, don't be an idiot just because you don't want someone telling you what to do. Life is full of rules, put you big boy pants on and deal with it.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...I am perfectly fine with the TSA making me take my hat off or anything else. I would rather be safe than sorry. If you don't have anything to hide then you won't mind taking off a turbin. That's not discrimination that just called good old fashion common sense. It also tells you the rules up front on the TSA website, don't be an idiot just because you don't want someone telling you what to do. Life is full of rules, put you big boy pants on and deal with it.July 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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What a pathetic way to lives ones life.

For starters life is full of risk. Deal with it.

No where has TSA ever posted a complete list of rules thst have to be complied with when transiting a TSA checkpoint.

When telling some screener about a TSA rule found at tsa.gov the screener is likely to tell you that the website is out of date or that they do it differently here.

What TSA does is far removed from security. Airport employees are not screened, many TSA procedures do little to improve safety and TSA is mired down with policies that only protect the continuance of TSA.

I agree, put your big boy pants on and deal with the very slight risk that something could happen on flight and stop surrendering your rights.

Anonymous said...

Hey Blotter Team,

Marijuana is not a weapon, explosive, or incendiary.

Marijuana is not a threat to aviation safety.

TSA screeners are not law enforcement, so the "good catch" of marijuana actually goes to the real law enforcement officers who confiscated the marijuana and arrested the perpetrator.

The TSA screener who noticed the marijuana should get a nice pat on the back for reporting it to real law enforcement.

Beyond that, marijuana has no place on this blotter.

TSORon said...

Anonymous asked...
[[Are people really this stupid? Is there anyone in the world that is unaware you can't carry a gun on an airplane??]]

Are they unaware Anon? No, not really. Most people carry into a checkpoint completely by accident and are honestly not likely to be a threat. Some few do it to make a political statement, those are few and far between. And I suspect that there is a very small number who do it to test the system. The ban on firearms at screening checkpoints has been around since the 1970’s and is nothing new, so it obviously is not a “TSA” rule. But as our nation becomes more comfortable with armed citizens its natural that the number of incidents where those armed citizens unthinkingly carry to a checkpoint increase. Being an armed citizen carry’s with it a tremendous responsibility, one of those responsibilities is to know where your weapon is at all times and another is knowing where you cannot take it. For some folks it may be too much responsibility.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Here's a template for you, blotter team:

BLAH. BLAH. BLAH BLAH."

We will certainly take your template into consideration for future blog posts.

Anon sez - "Are people really this stupid? Is there anyone in the world that is unaware you can't carry a gun on an airplane??"

In many cases I do not think it is the fact that someone is stupid. I think in the vast majority of cases, it is simply a person that left a firearm in a bag, or was unaware that the item was in that specific bag to begin with.

Anon sez - "I wonder how many people don't want to have to check their bag for a couple of knives or something like that, which leads to an attempt to get them through security. Maybe if airlines didn't charge for bags to be checked, this would decrease."

The desire to not check a bag may indeed lead some people to try and bring prohibited items into the checkpoints - which results in some of the pictures you see here. I doubt that airlines are going to stop charging for checked bags in the near future, so previous planning remains the best option for getting items to and from your destination.

RB sez - "Now that a turban bomb has been used to kill someone will TSA finally demand the removal of all headgear or continue to discriminate against some sectors of the population?"

"All members of the traveling public are permitted to wear head coverings (whether religious or not) through the security checkpoints."

Information regarding the wearing of head coverings can be found here.

People with some questions about religious head coverings/other garb may find information here.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

This post is not directly about bombs or drugs, but it is indirectly. The last TSA AIT PIA was published more than 3 years ago (January 2011). Could the blogger team please let me know why there has been no updated PIA in over three years? The 2011 PIA states that airports are still using x-ray body scanners. Are they still using these, and if not then surely an updated PIA would be a good idea?
I would be grateful for a reply, but I suspect I won't get one.

Anonymous said...

Why all the complaints about TSA screening procedures. They are definately keeping the traveling public safe. Besides screening is performed at many public venues. Get out and observe at professional sporting events, concerts, and even Radio City. Wow, the complainers need to add these areas to their ever growing list of problems. Keep busy guys obviously you have NOTHING better to do! So put those complaints to Major League Baseball, Madison Square Garden, NFL, and also Radio City. Stay Safe out there.

Eastern Sunset said...

There is no proof that the TSA keeps anyone safer. They just waste right billion dollars every year.

What growing list of problems? There has been no terrorist attacks at any of the venues you named. None. All I see is major league sports sucking up to DHS, probably for grants or special privileges, and foisting more privacy-violating, money-grabbing policies on Americans.

You are no safer if the TSA gropes your genitals or the NFL looks at your daughter's feminine hygiene products than if they stopped these stupid procedures.

Real security keeps an eye on real threats, not hundreds of millions innocent people. Real security happened when they locked the cockpit doors and told airline staff to not cooperate with hijackers.

All of this garbage isn't solving any problem. It's security theater. And we're paying for it.