Friday, April 4, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (26 Loaded)

Loaded Gun Discovered at (CLT)
Loaded Gun Discovered at (CLT)

34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 26 were loaded and nine had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Live Flash Bang Grenade (MEM)
Live Flash Bang Grenade (MEM)
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 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 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.

  • Two replica grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Charleston (CHS), and Honolulu (HNL).
  • A live flash bang grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Memphis (MEM).
hidden knife in pull handle
Knife Hidden in Pull Handle (LGB), Credit Card Knife (MCI)

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. 

  • Five credit card knives were discovered this week. Two were discovered at Kansas City (MCI), and the remainder were discovered at Appleton (ATW), Branson (BBG) and Central Wisconsin (CWA). Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives.
  • A pocket knife was detected concealed in the pull handle of a carry-on bag at Long Beach (LGB).
discovered knives
Knives Discovered at T-B / L-R: MLI, EWR, ORD, ORD

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…
discovered stun gun
Stun Guns Discovered at T-B / L-R: ATL, ATL, EUG
Stun GunsThirteen stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), two were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), two at Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP), and the remainder were discovered at Akron – Canton (CAK), Dallas (DAL), Eugene (EUG), Kansas City (KCI), Omaha (OMA), and San Juan (SJU).
Airsoft Gun – An airsoft gun was discovered in carry-on baggage at Las Vegas (LAS). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Read this post for more information: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling With Airsoft Guns

Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

discovered shotgun shells
Shotgun Shells (MFE)
discovered airsoft gun
Airsoft Gun (LAS)

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 

discovered guns
Guns Discovered at L-R / T-B: AUS, SAT, SBP, BDL, GTF, DAL, DAL, MIA, GSO

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list
*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 $7,500.00. 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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