Friday, November 14, 2014

TSA Week in Review - 29 Loaded Firearms, Concealed Contraband in Meat, and More


Loaded Firearm Discovered in Carry-on Bag at TYS
Loaded Firearm Discovered in Carry-on Bag at TYS

35 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 35 firearms, 29 were loaded and 7 had rounds chambered.

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.
  • An inert warhead used for training was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tucson (TUS).
Inert Warhead Discovered in Carry-on Bag At Tuscon (TUS)
Inert Warhead Discovered in Carry-on Bag At Tuscon (TUS)

Nearly Three Pounds of Cocaine Discovered in Meat at SJC
Nearly Three Pounds of Cocaine Discovered in Meat at SJC
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying prohibited items. 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 San Jose (SJC) passenger was arrested after nearly three pounds of cocaine was discovered in his checked baggage wrapped inside a package of raw meat.
  • A cane sword with a 10½-inch blade was discovered at Dayton (DAY).

Cane Sword Discovered at Dayton (DAY)
Cane Sword Discovered at Dayton (DAY)
Throwing Knives (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.

Stun Guns14 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered at Denver (DEN), and the remainder were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), Birmingham (BHM), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Jacksonville (JAX), Las Vegas (LAS), Little Rock (LIT), Memphis (MEM), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Palm Beach (PBI), Pasco (PSC), Sacramento (SMF), and San Francisco (SFO). 
(Clockwise From Top Left Corner) Firearms Discovered At DAL, PHX, FAT & DTW
*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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45 comments:

Barb said...

I read this every week, and I'm STILL amazed at what people try to take on an airplane! Thank you TSA for stopping them!

J. Dore said...

Cocaine is not a weapon, explosive, or incendiary. One of your screeners found it? Neat. Glad they reported it to real law enforcement this time rather than stealing it or helping the drug smugglers, as they've been convicted of in the past.

But reporting a random find of something outside of the primary mission of the TSA is a distraction. Just like the few guns that you found. This is according to your boss, Admin Pistole.

If you are going to show pics of non-WEI you accidentally find, post pics of every bottle of water, soda, shampoo, etc you confiscate too.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to fathom that people are still doing this. What on earth possesses them?? Thanks TSA for keeping us safe!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping the public safe!! It is scary to think that I could be sitting next to someone carrying these weapons on board. Please keep up the good work.

Susan Knisely said...

How could someone "forget," to put their weapon in checked luggage with all the security stuff advertised? I have a Damsel In Defense stun gun (small defense weapon for chicks) and I always disarm it and put it in checked luggage. That's a pretty big thing for someone to overlook.

Anonymous said...

Oh look! The blotter team and their friends are posting! Look which posts get approved first!

Anonymous said...

If finding guns is a "distraction", does that mean that this weekly report will finally go away?

RB said...

Susan Knisely said...How could someone "forget," to put their weapon in checked luggage with all the security stuff advertised? I have a Damsel In Defense stun gun (small defense weapon for chicks) and I always disarm it and put it in checked luggage. That's a pretty big thing for someone to overlook.November 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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Would use please point to where " all this security stuff" is advertised?

Anonymous said...

I suggest just showing the guns and explosives and forego the rest for awhile to see if the blog still resonates with those of us who appreciate safety first.

Anonymous said...

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Aaaannndddd.....

No Terrorists.

No Terrorist plots foiled.

Nothing found with the invasive, expensive nudie-scanners.

And nothing that was in any way a threat to commercial aviation.

Neat find on the coked-up meat, I bet that looked really odd on the baggage scanner. Not really part of your mission, but neat find none the less.

RB said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/federal-drug-agents-launch-surprise-inspections-of-nfl-teams-following-games/2014/11/16/5545c84e-6da5-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html



"Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, were based on the suspicion that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, according to a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation."

Evidence that TSA is involved in illegal non-administrative searches? If so TSA should forfeit any search authorization.

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Wanting to know if 3# of cocaine was on the tsa prohibited items list, it kind of was.

*Screening procedures are governed by federal law and designed to detect
threats to aviation security. TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other
drugs; however, if an item is found that may violate federal law during security
screening, TSA will refer the matter to law enforcement.

I think this is important to share here because it explains what some believe is a loss of freedoms.

What I personally would like is that Anonymous have their IP appended to their name.

I want to know if the "THANK YOU for keeping me safe" comments are all coming from the same area/machine. And we know the only true anonymous connections are those from overseas when they hack into government and commercial servers.

One can't shoot through a cockpit door but the lock is pickable with a bobby-pin.

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. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to take reasonable screening, but those who sacrificed for 20 have to take their bloody shoes off!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Thank you for keeping the public safe!! It is scary to think that I could be sitting next to someone carrying these weapons on board. Please keep up the good work.

November 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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you should see a therapist for these issues with irrational fears. you've almost certainly sat next to someone with a weapon if you fly fairly often - TSA has admitted to at least a 70% miss rate in screening. if you are scared by the non-event, non-threat of an armed person sitting next to you minding his or her own business, you really need to seek help.

Robert Beale said...

Thank you TSA for your commitment to the American traveling public. Even the few unappreciative individuals that complain, have benefitted from your dedication.

Anonymous said...

Susan Knisely said...
How could someone "forget," to put their weapon in checked luggage with all the security stuff advertised? I have a Damsel In Defense stun gun (small defense weapon for chicks) and I always disarm it and put it in checked luggage. That's a pretty big thing for someone to overlook.

November 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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part of the point is why should you have to? you carry that stun gun for self-defense. why should you have to disarm when you are no threat to anyone except someone intending harm to you? if TSA were practicing "risk based" security instead of their typical security theatre, is there any reason for you to have to take chances with your safety for _their_ convenience?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It's hard to fathom that people are still doing this. What on earth possesses them?? Thanks TSA for keeping us safe!

November 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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except, as has been pointed out in these pages many times, you are no safer at all. the items taken from folks at checkpoints were no threat, since 70% make it through and nothing happens. workers at the airport are only lightly screened, and security is much lighter on the other side of the "sterile area". there are numerous vectors for attack, they are not being used. passengers are the least likely vector now, since they were the ones that stopped the only (bungling) attempts to attack from inside since the cockpit doors were reinforced and locked, and the passngers and crew know that they must defend themselves. TSA is not keeping us safe. it is wasting billion$ to simply claim it is making us safe, utterly without justification.

Anonymous said...

Its Monday morning...get ready for the same old cut and paste questions and comments that have been addressed dozens of times in the past. The same old critisizm that TSA is a waste of money...the same old stupid comments from non-experts...

Meanwhile another successful week with several million passengers traveling and not a single terror attack attempt on an American based airliner.

Thanks TSA!!

Anonymous said...

Once again, the TSA comes through security wise. Let me enlighten those making negative comments here, before the TSA took over, security was run by Private "Rent a cop" companies". I applied at one of these companies, one of their pre-employment questions was "Have you been convicted of a felony within the last three years"....so if I was convicted of a felony five years ago, its okay to screen passengers, especially if my conviction was for child molestation? I am aware of the background checks the TSA personnel must go through and I support this organization.....NO MORE RENT A COP SCREENERS!!!!! TSA - keep up the good work..........and by the way.....I work in the civilian and government security fields myself!!

Anonymous said...

"I suggest just showing the guns and explosives and forego the rest for awhile to see if the blog still resonates with those of us who appreciate safety first."

Are you implying that you are one of the 'safety first' people? Well, you aren't. You decided to travel to the airport, putting yourself at risk of an auto accident or an encounter with an evil-doer, so you actually put your personal mobility ahead of your safety.

I could go on, or do you another meaningless catch-phrase to add to the conversation?

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked at all the people that feel so "safe" now that these bad guns have been confiscated. Somehow the people carrying these guns managed to not go berzerko and kill everyone in the security line just before they were confiscated. There are 90 guns per 100 people in the United States. With that density of firearms, those of you feeling unsafe are libel to have a nervous breakdown at any moment.

RB said...

Apparently censorship of comments are back in full force. Why is TSA trying to hide its involvement in illegal drug searches of NFL teams?

RB said...

Anonymous said...Once again, the TSA comes through security wise. Let me enlighten those making negative comments here, before the TSA took over, security was run by Private "Rent a cop" companies". I applied at one of these companies, one of their pre-employment questions was "Have you been convicted of a felony within the last three years"....so if I was convicted of a felony five years ago, its okay to screen passengers, especially if my conviction was for child molestation? I am aware of the background checks the TSA personnel must go through and I support this organization.....NO MORE RENT A COP SCREENERS!!!!! TSA - keep up the good work..........and by the way.....I work in the civilian and government security fields myself!!November 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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Perhaps you have missed the case where TSA officials pressured airport officials at Richmond to issue security credentials to a TSA employee with a felony conviction.

Or how about the defrocked priest accused of molesting little girls at Philly. TSA had that guy as TSM.

Not to mention the 100's of TSA employees that have been involved in all manner of crime including murder, rape, and child porn.

Yeah, TSA employees are better than the contract workers! When pigs fly.

RB said...

Neat find on the coked-up meat, I bet that looked really odd on the baggage scanner. Not really part of your mission, but neat find none the less.November 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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Exactly what training do TSA screeners get that qualifies them to identify drugs or is this a skill picked up in after hours activities?

If TSA screeners are trained in drug identification shouldn't we ask why federal employees who are only authorized a limited administrative search for WEI are getting this training?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
"Its Monday morning...get ready for the same old cut and paste questions and comments that have been addressed dozens of times in the past. The same old critisizm that TSA is a waste of money...the same old stupid comments from non-experts..."



It's Tuesday morning and we are here waiting for you to make your same cut and paste remark about others making their same cut and paste remarks. The questions keep getting asked because by the TSA's own definition of this blog this is supposed to be a dialog (they need to look up the definition of that word by the way) and we the commenting public have yet to receive answers. Sure there have been replies, but catch phrases and claims of its SSI but trust us aren't answers, merely replies.

But we appreciate the sameness of your response, even the stupidity of it, because like that old blanket its worn in just a certain way that would be missed if it were missing. Too bad you aren't an expert because then you could answer the questions the TSA seems unable (or unwilling) to answer.

Meanwhile another successful week with several million passengers traveling and not a single terror attack attempt on an American based airliner. Its just too bad we had to spend how much tax-payer money to keep watch over a system that is no where near as fragile and at risk as the TSA would have us believe. I mean the number of firearms found this week only represents less than one percent of one percent of the number of people screened.... 29 firearms from roughly a million and half passengers? That is a threat that requires how many different alphabet agencies to monitor? And costs how much money per day? Per month? Eight billion per year to catch less than 2000 firearms total?

Brent Farve said...

Why is the same TSAnonymous employee posting false information and fake praise comments without revealing his name? Is that you, Bob? Lynn?

We know you've done it before.

Also, please share with your fellow employees the court documents where the TSA admitted no terrorist gangs are plotting against US airports, so the "work" you do is useless and does nothing to keep America safe.

Brent Farve said...

Blotter team and anonymous commenting blotter intern: Stop freaking out because airline passengers know you lie, steal, and assault millions of people every week and call you out on it.

Be professional and if you can't, go back to the shoe store or county clerk's office.

Anonymous said...

Aaaannndddd.....

No Terrorists.

how is it you know this? Just because nobody was arrested does not mean a terrorist plot was not stopped. Had TSA taken the box cutters from the 9-11 hijackers, the worlds largest terror attack would have been prevented and nobody would have known.Remeber also, TSA's job is NOT to catch terrorist, they arent really even looking for them (screeners) their job is to keep possible threat items off of planes.

No Terrorist plots foiled.

Same response as abov.

Nothing found with the invasive, expensive nudie-scanners.
but how many things were prevented because of them?

And nothing that was in any way a threat to commercial aviation.

a gun isnt a threat?

Neat find on the coked-up meat, I bet that looked really odd on the baggage scanner. Not really part of your mission, but neat find none the less. im sure the xray didnt say "coked up meat" on the image

you naysayers never fail to crack me up. you aske the most rediculous questions with such obvious answers. I cant believe your serious most of the time, nobody can be this ignorant.

Stop the Lies said...

@ TSAnonymous, you can make text bold, but you refuse to use spelling and grammar check?

The TSA admitted in a court of law that no terrorists are trying to attack the US via its airports. That's why we know the TSA wastes $8,000,000,000 every year on useless and invasive security theater.

We commenters are waiting and waiting and waiting for government employees to answer questions posed to them by taxpayers. We will keep asking and insisting on answers.

If you can't handle your debt and responsibility to the American public, you better get a new internship with a private company. The TSA blotter is no place for you.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
Aaaannndddd.....

No Terrorists.

how is it you know this? Just because nobody was arrested does not mean a terrorist plot was not stopped. Had TSA taken the box cutters from the 9-11 hijackers, the worlds largest terror attack would have been prevented and nobody would have known.

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How is it you know this?



"...And nothing that was in any way a threat to commercial aviation.

a gun isnt a threat?"

No, not really. The gun is just a piece of metal with some plastic on it. The gun doesn't do anything without a bad guy holding it. If you were carrying that gun would the other passengers be at risk? Really, nobody can be this ignorant.

Susan Richart said...

"you naysayers never fail to crack me up. you aske the most rediculous questions with such obvious answers. I cant believe your serious most of the time, nobody can be this ignorant."

Your spelling ability proves that you are the one who is ignorant.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Regardless of whether attempting to bring firearms on a plane is an organized terrorist act or not, I don't want anyone to do so.
Thank you for catching this, especially as one of the guns listed was caught at the airport which I most often frequent.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Regardless of whether attempting to bring firearms on a plane is an organized terrorist act or not, I don't want anyone to do so.

Why?

Why are you OK with the person behind you in the market having a firearm but NOT OK with the same person having a firearm on the plane? What is it about an airplane that is supposed to make firearms suddenly much more dangerous?

Anonymous said...

"you naysayers never fail to crack me up. you aske the most rediculous questions with such obvious answers. I cant believe your serious most of the time, nobody can be this ignorant."

A. You indicate that you read the blog a lot.
B. You post the same comments over and over ("box-cutters!!!!" blah blah "combating terror is not TSA's job" blah blah").
C. You ignore the numerous replies debunking your repeated comments.
D. You call everybody else ignorant.

I have no hope for you. I only reply now in hopes of curtailing your continued attempts to spread misinformation.

Anonymous said...

How could someone "forget," to put their weapon in checked luggage with all the security stuff advertised?

Do you know just how infrequently this occurs? Do the math. It's actually very, very rare. Can you believe that some people show up at the airport with no ID or passport? How crazy is that?

How does a person forget the large bottle of water in their carry-on when it has also been clearly advertised as a threat?

Did you know TSA's chief said that the guns are just a 'distraction'? Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2014/11/04/tsa-airport-executives-john-pistole-aaae/18453109/

Anonymous said...

"Regardless of whether attempting to bring firearms on a plane is an organized terrorist act or not, I don't want anyone to do so."

Congrats, blog! Your fearmongering is a success!

For experimental purposes, I would like to see the blog start showing pics of the confiscated water bottles, shampoo bottles, aerosol deodorants, cream pies, etc. and see if passengers start thanking TSA for protecting them from people with those prohibited (thus dangerous) items.

Martin S. said...

Since 9-11 TSA has kept the American public safe. One never knows if a totally unstable individual carrying the firearm was to use it inside the cabin of during a commercial flight. I for one know that the flight crew was appreciative of the discovery by TSA. 35,000 ft is no place for a loaded firearm. Why so many negative remarks, these naysayers are absurd and should wake up from their fantasy world.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, the TSA doesn't care about you, your airplane, or any individual person at the airport.

Tim Kahn said...


This is a message for all you brilliant individuals that are continually bashing TSA. How do you know the individual carrying the gun, is not going to do harm once on board the aircraft. You folks have big problems, and intelligence is not your strong suit. You do not know the intentions of each and every person. Do us a favor, do not fly, you do not deserve the priviledge.

Anonymous said...

Tim Kahn said...

This is a message for all you brilliant individuals that are continually bashing TSA.


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First, flying is not a privilege. At least not a privilege that a government agency like the TSA is in a position to give or take.

And trying to asses the intelligence of others whom you disagree with really calls into question your level of intelligence. Even more so when you make claims of supposed bad guys only being able to cause harm once the aircraft is in the air. The TSA only 'protects' a small portion of the airport. Your supposed bad guy, the one that is going to do harm once on the aircraft, what is stopping that same person from doing the harm while in line at the security check point? Or at the ticketing counter? What kind of intelligent genius are you supposed to be that you can't see the the possibilities beyond what the TSA tells you?

Why don't you do us the favor and you drive. Leave the air to the adults who are capable of making their own risk-benefit assessments and don't need someone to hold their hand through the decision making process. You don't deserve the privilege of flying.

Out Of The Dark said...

Blotter Team: Why are you allowing TSA employees to post anonymously and insult the American flying public? Why do you allow them to continually post lies?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Martin S. said...
Since 9-11 TSA has kept the American public safe. One never knows if a totally unstable individual carrying the firearm was to use it inside the cabin of during a commercial flight. I for one know that the flight crew was appreciative of the discovery by TSA. 35,000 ft is no place for a loaded firearm. Why so many negative remarks, these naysayers are absurd and should wake up from their fantasy world.

November 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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Then why are some pilots, all Federal Air Marshal's, and some law enforcement officers permitted to carry loaded guns while traveling.

A gun at 35,000 feet is no more dangerous than one at seal level.

Anonymous said...

Tim Kahn said...

This is a message for all you brilliant individuals that are continually bashing TSA. How do you know the individual carrying the gun, is not going to do harm once on board the aircraft.
November 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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by the simplest of all possible means: logic. TSA reports dozens of firearms found per week. they also reported in the past (before they became too embarrassed to continue) that their red team agents were successful in evading screening 70% of the time. that means that the weapons that make it onto aircraft number in at least the low 100s per week. and no one has committed a single hostile act in over a decade of this theatre.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

..."by the simplest of all possible means: logic. "

You're assuming that the TSA hires anyone who exhibits even the slightest amount of ability to reason :/