Friday, January 31, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 37 Firearms Discovered This Week (32 Loaded)

Firearm Discovered at OKC
Firearm Discovered at OKC

37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.
discovered replica grenades
Replica Grenades (L-R) DFW, ORD
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 realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A replica grenade was detected in the carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • Five replica 40mm inert grenades were discovered in a checked bag at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
Credit Card Knife (RAP)
Credit Card Knife (RAP)
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and quite 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.
  • Three credit card knives were discovered this week at Albuquerque (ABQ), and Rapid City (RAP).

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 things…
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK
Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT
Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT
Stun Guns12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Minneapolis (MSP), two at Denver (DEN), two more at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were found at Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Sioux Falls (FSD), Seattle (SEA), San Jose (SJC), and Sacramento (SMF).

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR
37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, date 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 throughput 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.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here.

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The TSA of Today

Many of the TSA procedures and policies referenced in a recent opinion piece are no longer in place or are characterized inaccurately. Today’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) looks quite different.  Today’s TSA has moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and toward a risk-based security posture to better execute our vital mission.

TSA’s top priority is to protect the traveling public, and every policy and security procedure in place is designed to mitigate threats to passengers and the aviation sector – which we know our adversaries continue to target.  We are always taking steps to enhance our procedures, to most importantly stay ahead of evolving threats, and wherever possible to also improve the experience of the traveling public.  

Today’s TSA is expedited screening for passengers 12 and under and over 75 and Wounded Warriors, as well as providing every military member the ability to utilize TSA Pre™.

Since implementing risk-based procedures in 2011, more than 55 million passengers have experienced some form of expedited security screening – dramatically different than the procedures of years past. You can learn more about our expedited screening opportunities, like TSA Pre™ and how to apply, here.

Every passenger deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and TSA policy upholds this standard. TSA does not tolerate any form of unethical or unlawful behavior by its employees and takes swift disciplinary action if discovered.

In addition, over the last few years TSA has installed Automated Target Recognition software on every Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) unit in use, meaning the machines no longer produce or use passenger-specific images - and haven't for some time.

Most importantly, TSA has instituted one-step removal procedures in many cases for employees behaving unethically or unlawfully. We perform integrity testing every day to ensure the men and women entrusted to interact with the American public are honest and trustworthy. There is no room in today’s TSA for any employee who displays callous disregard for the dignity and respect of every single passenger. 

Every day, TSA helps to screen nearly two million travelers across the United States, so they can take advantage of the opportunity to travel freely and securely from America’s airports. Today’s TSA will continue to uphold our high standards as we carry out our vital homeland security mission.
LuAnn Canipe, Assistant Administrator, Transportation Security Administration