Friday, March 28, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 48 Firearms Discovered This Week (39 Loaded)

Loaded Gun (SDF)
Loaded Gun (SDF)
Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

L-R / T-B: Grenades Discovered at SLC, SJC, and PHX
L-R / T-B: Grenades Discovered at SLC, SJC, and PHX
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 because the bomb squad or explosives detection professionals must come to resolve the alarm to determine they’re not a threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Four novelty/replica/inert grenades were discovered this week at Phoenix (PHX), San Jose (SJC), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Honolulu (HNL).
discovered belt knife
Belt Knife (SRQ) & Credit Caard Knife (OAK)

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. 

Multi-tool Concealed in CPAP (SAT)
Multi-tool Concealed in CPAP (SAT)
  • 11 credit card knives were discovered this week. Four were discovered at Oakland (OAK), three at Colorado Springs (COS), and the remainder were discovered at Appleton (ATW), Central Wisconsin (CWA), Sloulin Field (ISN), and Jacksonville (JAX). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Sarasota (SRQ).
  • A multi-tool/knife was detected concealed inside the water chamber of a CPAP machine at San Antonio (SAT).
Knife Gun (BGR), Switchblade (LAS), Large Knife (CLE)
Knife Gun (BGR), Switchblade (LAS), Large Knife (CLE)

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…

Stun Guns13 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Northwest Florida (ECP) and the remainder were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ), Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Charleston (CRW), Detroit (DTW), LaGuardia (LGA), Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP), Pensacola (PNS), Seattle – Tacoma (SEA), Sacramento (SMF), and John Wayne (SNA).
 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
discovered firearms
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) IAH, TUL, GSB, FLL, MOB, RDU

Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms, 39 were loaded and 16 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 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 TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.

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