Friday, August 8, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (28 Loaded)


Fully-loaded firearm in carry-on bag at Kalamazoo (AZO)

34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 28 were loaded and nine had rounds chambered. See more photos at the bottom of this post. 

Remember: Pay close attention to the items in your bag and on your body. This week a known traveler, who is enrolled in TSA Pre™, was cited after it was discovered he had a concealed weapon when he walked through the metal detector. Travelers may be disqualified from TSA Pre™ expedited screening due to violations of security regulations (i.e., a firearm discovered at the checkpoint).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It is 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.

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.

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. See some prohibited items collected from airports nationwide (below):

  • Cat-shaped brass knuckles discovered in carry-on bag at Dallas (DAL)
  • Baton found in carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW) 
  • Throwing knives discovered in carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS) 
  • Pellet gun discovered in carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX)


   
     Airsoft rifle discovered in carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF)
Replica firearm found in carry-on bag in Las Vegas (LAS)
Stun Guns 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation, including:


·         Stun Gun discovered in carry-on bag at Billings (BIL)

Various Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags



*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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Ollie Cooperwood
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22 comments:

SSSS for Some Reason said...

What? No credit card knives?

Anonymous said...

All I need to point out is the guy with the Airsoft AR-15 - which looks to be a Oly Arms Airsoft conversion - almost did it right. He packed it in what looks to be the right kind of case (can't tell if it is lockable), but unfortunately he did not "declare it as an item" when he checked in. Hopefully he got a chance to do so, because that's some _really_ high-end Airsoft gear there.

Remember, folks - Pack it. Declare it. Keep it.

RB said...

The pistol identified as a pellet gun is clearly an Airsoft toy. Why does TSA embellish this stuff so much. Not satisfied with confiscating cupcakes?

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...

Why does TSA continue to not provide citizens with complete and accurate information about the terror threat? Where are the independently reviewable studies to justify expenditure of taxpayer dollars on the various TSA programs?

If the government gives citizens accurate and complete information about the terror threat, citizens as a whole are perfectly capable of making the decisions that best balance safety and freedom. We will speak with our letters and phone calls to elected officials, with our votes, with our travel decisions, and with our wallets.

Anonymous said...

What is the status of the case in which the fake screener patted down women in a private screening room at the airport in San Francisco? How does TSA have authority over this case, given that investigations of public intoxication and sexual assault are not within TSA's purview? If what happened in the private screening room was sexual assault and/or illegal detention, how are TSA procedures in the private screening room not considered sexual assault and/or illegal detention as well?

Anonymous said...

If anyone wants to see the face of the TSA in all its glory, take some time to visit here:

http://tinyurl.com/o9ceer6

Anonymous said...

Okay. Somebody (Anonymous August 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM) just put their foot in their mouth and showed an amazing lack of reality.

"active duty military.... illegal immigrants serving."

If you are in the US military, you have gone through a basic background check. Not a security clearance background check, but just a basic background check. The modern US Military is trying to get quality recruits. I cannot count the number of "don't drink, don't smoke" and anti-drug adverts I see on base.

As for the mistaken belief that "in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving", that situation is practically impossible. Because the US military is actively _recruiting_ people who want to become citizens, and by definition, once recruited they are no _longer_ illegal immigrants.

Take what you read on your 'vanity extremist news' webpages with a grain of salt, because you're quoting idiots.

Anonymous said...

Another week, another complete absence of anything found with your slow, invasive, and dangerous naked body scanners.

Now, please, tell us: How many false alarms did the naked body scanners have last week? How many people had to needlessly undergo physical searches because you're using an ineffective technology that can't tell the difference between pleats and explosives?

And why are Curtis Burns, West Cooper, and other TSA bloggers unwilling to acknowledge, let alone answer, this simple question?

RB said...

Why does TSA demand that people go into a closed door room for some Limited Administrative Search pat downs?

Doesn't that violate the very basic tenets of a Limited Administrative Search?

Is TSA afraid for the public to see what you are really doing to innocent travelers?

RB said...

A story at Tthe Smoking Gun" talks about a passenger groping a woman on a flight.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/ivy-league-scholar-plane-molest-bust-576321

I think the comments pointing out that TSA gropes are an indication of what the public really thinks about the fake cops in blue.

Susan Richart said...

RB wrote regarding private room patdowns:

"Is TSA afraid for the public to see what you are really doing to innocent travelers?"

From FlyerTalk we have an answer:

" They send me over to the side, swab my bags, and inform me that I'm going to have to have a private, secondary screening. I tell them no, not happening, and any pat down will take place right here in public. They say no, it has to be in private, and I ask, why is that? The TSO (female) says she will have to use the front of her hand between my legs. I say absolutely not, I won't consent to a sexual assault simply to get on a plane."

There has been at least one other report on FlyerTalk of a TSA supervisor admitting that the reason for the private room search is because TSA doesn't want the public to see or know what is happening to passengers in that room.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Remember, folks - Pack it. Declare it. Keep it."

Thanks for the assist!

RB sez - "The pistol identified as a pellet gun is clearly an Airsoft toy. Why does TSA embellish this stuff so much.

The Airsoft system operates with what is designated as "pellets" - thus the item is identified (correctly) as a pellet gun.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Okay. Somebody (Anonymous August 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM) just put their foot in their mouth and showed an amazing lack of reality.

"active duty military.... illegal immigrants serving."

If you are in the US military, you have gone through a basic background check. Not a security clearance background check, but just a basic background check. The modern US Military is trying to get quality recruits. I cannot count the number of "don't drink, don't smoke" and anti-drug adverts I see on base.

As for the mistaken belief that "in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving", that situation is practically impossible. Because the US military is actively _recruiting_ people who want to become citizens, and by definition, once recruited they are no _longer_ illegal immigrants.

Take what you read on your 'vanity extremist news' webpages with a grain of salt, because you're quoting idiots.

August 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM
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thanks for the laugh. nearly fell off my chair.

you are the one that is showing "an amazing lack of reality". the background check done for recruits, as I've explained to others in these pages who don't get it, is a National Agency Check (might have a different name now, been a while since I handled recruits). the person's name is submitted to national LE databses to see if there are wants or warrants. that's it. it does not verify citizenship, immigration status, actual vs. claimed identity, or anything else. just that the person is not wanted (under that name). it provides no assurance at all, while serving 20 years and having a real BI provide some. I just want to know why one is being accepted for reduced screening while the other is not. this is not "risk-based".

in addition, the idea that enlisting somehow makes one legal "by definition" is ludicrous. if you did not enter the country legally with the proper documentation, that is what makes you an illegal alien "by definition". until you make the application and complete the documentation, you are illegal, whether you serve or not. I think that those who serve should get front of the line for immigration approval, but that is not yet the law.

Anonymous said...

West Cooper, why do you continue to ignore valid questions about false positives from TSA's current screening technology?

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "Remember, folks - Pack it. Declare it. Keep it."

Thanks for the assist!

RB sez - "The pistol identified as a pellet gun is clearly an Airsoft toy. Why does TSA embellish this stuff so much.

The Airsoft system operates with what is designated as "pellets" - thus the item is identified (correctly) as a pellet gun.

West
TSA Blog Team

August 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

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Airsoft toy guns use a small plastic projectile about the size of a BB.

Pellet guns have traditionally used a larger metal projectile as seen in air gun competitions.

Another distinguishing mark is that toys like Airsoft guns have an orange muzzle to distinguish these toys from actual weapons.

Why am I not surprised that TSA can't tell the difference between a weapon and a toy?

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Airsoft toy guns use a small plastic projectile about the size of a BB.

Pellet guns have traditionally used a larger metal projectile as seen in air gun competitions.

Another distinguishing mark is that toys like Airsoft guns have an orange muzzle to distinguish these toys from actual weapons.

Why am I not surprised that TSA can't tell the difference between a weapon and a toy?"

I was simply pointing out that we were using the manufacturers own words and terminology.

The overall point being made by posting these pictures is "firearms and realistic replicas are not allowed in carry-on baggage". All of the airsoft firearms and replicas (whether they shoot plastic or metal pellets or BBs) are currently prohibited in carry-on. We continue to post these items in the hope that more people will remember to not bring their items of this nature into the checkpoints.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Actually, members of the Armed Forces that are not from this Country, have to have a green Card to join. The problem I have is that the process of becoming a citizen is suppose to be streamlined however; I have had many soldiers who still waited almost 2 years after going to war.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "Airsoft toy guns use a small plastic projectile about the size of a BB.

Pellet guns have traditionally used a larger metal projectile as seen in air gun competitions.

Another distinguishing mark is that toys like Airsoft guns have an orange muzzle to distinguish these toys from actual weapons.

Why am I not surprised that TSA can't tell the difference between a weapon and a toy?"

I was simply pointing out that we were using the manufacturers own words and terminology.

The overall point being made by posting these pictures is "firearms and realistic replicas are not allowed in carry-on baggage". All of the airsoft firearms and replicas (whether they shoot plastic or metal pellets or BBs) are currently prohibited in carry-on. We continue to post these items in the hope that more people will remember to not bring their items of this nature into the checkpoints.

West
TSA Blog Team

August 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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What part of "it's a toy" doesn't TSA understand?

Sandra said...

Although I didn't see any credit card knives mentioned this week, just wanted to say that I know someone who gets a credit card knife past the TSA on a regular basis. ;-)

BTW, how does the TSA handle steel/metal credit cards that can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than a flimsy credit card knife.

That's o.k., I don't expect an answer but I'll take a screen shot of this comment anyway. :-)

RB said...

Blogger GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "Airsoft toy guns use a small plastic projectile about the size of a BB.

Pellet guns have traditionally used a larger metal projectile as seen in air gun competitions.

Another distinguishing mark is that toys like Airsoft guns have an orange muzzle to distinguish these toys from actual weapons.

Why am I not surprised that TSA can't tell the difference between a weapon and a toy?"

I was simply pointing out that we were using the manufacturers own words and terminology.

The overall point being made by posting these pictures is "firearms and realistic replicas are not allowed in carry-on baggage". All of the airsoft firearms and replicas (whether they shoot plastic or metal pellets or BBs) are currently prohibited in carry-on. We continue to post these items in the hope that more people will remember to not bring their items of this nature into the checkpoints.

West
TSA Blog Team

August 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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No, you are defending TSA and its bragging about finding a toy at a checkpoint.

TSORon said...

Anonymous said:
[[All I need to point out is the guy with the Airsoft AR-15 - which looks to be a Oly Arms Airsoft conversion… but unfortunately he did not "declare it as an item" when he checked in.]]

Unfortunately Anon, this passenger tried to carry it through the checkpoint. I recognize the case and it is indeed lockable, and as long as he had it in there he could have taken it as “checked” baggage, but something like that will not get through the checkpoint.