Friday, February 20, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 34 Firearms, Inert Grenades, and More


This loaded firearm and knife were discovered in a carry-on bag at Myrtle Beach (MYR).
This loaded firearm and knife were discovered in a carry-on bag at Myrtle Beach (MYR).

34 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 34 firearms, 27 were loaded and 5 had rounds chambered.
Inert Grenade Fishing Lure (ANC)
Inert Grenade Fishing Lure (ANC)
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 respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.  Read here on why inert items cause problems. 

  • Two inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Indianapolis (IND) and Anchorage (ANC).
  • Several inert training fireworks were discovered at Phoenix (PHX).
Inert Fireworks Used For Training (PHX)
Inert Fireworks Used For Training (PHX)

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, 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.

Knuckle-Knife (GTF) & Fireworks (DEN)
Knuckle-Knife (GTF) & Fireworks (DEN)
Stun Guns - 21 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Detroit (DTW), Duluth (DLH), Grand Forks (GFK), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Oakland (OAK), Ontario (ONT), Orlando (MCO), Palm Beach (PBI), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), St. Louis (STL), and Stockton (SCK).

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.
  
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered at: ATL, LEX, CHO, CID, SMF, BOI & BIL
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered at: ATL, LEX, CHO, CID, SMF, BOI & BIL
34 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 34 firearms, 27 were loaded and 5 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 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.

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25 comments:

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?

AirRifle said...

Keep up the great work TSA!!!

RB said...

I fail to see any benefit to these weekly "gosh, look what we found" postings..

Why not list things that are not WEI that TSA routinely confiscates?

Or discuss TSA security failures like the gun running operation out of Atlanta?

Or why not talk about the recent news of two more TSA employees who really like to give full body pat downs to children?

This blog really needs some fresh ideas and perhaps a new head blogger who isn't afraid to be upfront and honest.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...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. "

Why?

You have the ability to determine if it is inert or not because you list this items as inert.

So why is the TSA still arbitrarily prohibiting items from frying and removing them from the possession of citizens?

8 Billion a year, TSA.... we expect better from you. Improve or be replaced.

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 endure more reasonable screening, but those who sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!! it's pretty clear that TSA doesn't understand risk assessment or risk-based anything, much less security.

Anonymous said...

"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"

An odd comment. Isn't the solution to that obvious? If the passenger likely had no ill intent, don't give a citation. The passenger made a mistake, but the blame for the citation is not on the passenger.

Anonymous said...

I fail to see any benefit to these weekly "gosh, look what we found" postings..
and the importance of your comments?

Why not list things that are not WEI that TSA routinely confiscates?
TSA does not confiscate anything. Never has. But you can keep calling it that, just shows your agenda. not your intellegents

Or discuss TSA security failures like the gun running operation out of Atlanta?
was not a TSA failure> Airlines are responsible for policing their own employees

Or why not talk about the recent news of two more TSA employees who really like to give full body pat downs to children? not sure what this is about, but every agency has bad apples

This blog really needs some fresh ideas and perhaps a new head blogger who isn't afraid to be upfront and honest.
Honest? llike thos ewho insist on calling TSA machines "naked body scanners? or those who insist that TSA "confiscates" items?
Perhaps if those folks were honest, the TSA blogger would see fit to be.



RB said...

The latest article was posted late on 2/20/15 and as of ghe morning of 2/24/15 only 6 comments have been posted. Of course there is no way to know how many comments have been censored by TSA but the apparent readers of the TSA blog must ge approaching nil.

Guess Bobbie can chalk up another success.

Anonymous said...

" llike thos ewho insist on calling TSA machines "naked body scanners?"

People who operate naked body scanners sure do get upset when you call them naked body scanners. Thank you, however, for acknowledging that Blogger Bob and his cohort are dishonest.

/screenshot

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
I fail to see any benefit to these weekly "gosh, look what we found" postings..
and the importance of your comments?

The importance of yours? Bold doesn't make your comments important, only more visible

Why not list things that are not WEI that TSA routinely confiscates?
TSA does not confiscate anything. Never has. But you can keep calling it that, just shows your agenda. not your intellegents

Just because the Agent says 'please' doesn't mean it isn't being confiscated. When given a choice of 'surrendering' the item or missing your flight because of the two hour line for screening, it is simply a game of semantics your playing with the end result being you no longer own the item in question.

Or discuss TSA security failures like the gun running operation out of Atlanta?
was not a TSA failure> Airlines are responsible for policing their own employees

Ummmm..... isn't the TSA is supposed to prevent those kinds of things from getting on planes? If you are going to screen the passengers but then not screen airline employees who are getting on the airplane..... why do we have TSA again?

Or why not talk about the recent news of two more TSA employees who really like to give full body pat downs to children? not sure what this is about, but every agency has bad apples

But what about the professional levels of the agents, and the 27 layers of whatever..... you aren't really trying anymore, are you? You are just here to attempt to discourage conversation by pissing on any of the TSA-negative comments, aren't you?


This blog really needs some fresh ideas and perhaps a new head blogger who isn't afraid to be upfront and honest.
Honest? llike thos ewho insist on calling TSA machines "naked body scanners? or those who insist that TSA "confiscates" items?
Perhaps if those folks were honest, the TSA blogger would see fit to be.

So now its our fault the TSA Blog Team isn't honest?

Anonymous said...

" llike thos ewho insist on calling TSA machines "naked body scanners?"

People who operate naked body scanners sure do get upset when you call them naked body scanners

I can ask next time I go through an airport for you if you would like.

Anonymous said...

Just because the Agent says 'please' doesn't mean it isn't being confiscated. When given a choice of 'surrendering' the item or missing your flight because of the two hour line for screening, it is simply a game of semantics your playing with the end result being you no longer own the item in question.
see, here you go again discrediting yourself. 2 hour wait for screening? When you blantently lie..errr exagerate you really make anyone disbelieve anything you say from that point on. To your point, call it what you wish. TSA does not confiscate anything. The choice belongs to the passenger.

Anonymous said...

The importance of yours? Bold doesn't make your comments important, only more visible
ya, thats kind of the idea.Seperate the comment from the response. Makes it easier to follow.

Anonymous said...

So now its our fault the TSA Blog Team isn't honest?

not exactly what I said. But the point is, if the posters cannot and are not honest, why do they demand that the bloggers be?An honest conversation must go both ways or it is not an honest conversation

Susan Richart said...

"TSA does not confiscate anything. Never has."

Those higher up in the TSA say otherwise:

David Castelveter, spokesperson for the TSA:

"We just keep track of the confiscations, because the police don’t always keep us apprised of what happens,” Castelveter said. ”We don’t pay attention to the arrest unless it turns into an indictment and we have an agent give testimony in a trial.”

Or

"All have been confiscated from travelers screened at TSA checkpoints, Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman at the airport, said Thursday afternoon."

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Susan Richart said...

"was not a TSA failure> Airlines are responsible for policing their own employees"

The TSA approves all plans for airport security; therefore, the TSA is responsible for all travelers, airport employees, vendors, etc.

After the Atlanta fiasco, the TSA began making airport employees go through screening. If they aren't responsible for airline employees, why are they doing this?

Up until a couple of years ago, the TSA forced all crew members through screening. If they aren't responsibile for airline employees, why did they do that?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

SSSS for Some Reason said...

see, here you go again discrediting yourself. 2 hour wait for screening? When you blantently lie..errr exagerate

You are right, my bad. The line was only 90 minutes long this past weekend. I apologize for exaggerating the extra thirty minutes into my post.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
So now its our fault the TSA Blog Team isn't honest?

not exactly what I said.

It is exactly what you said.

Anonymous said..."Perhaps if those folks were honest, the TSA blogger would see fit to be."

It isn't that many words to parse:

"Perhaps if those folks were honest," meaning the travelling public that don't work for the TSA.

"The TSA blogger would see fit to be." meaning the TSA blogger is sitting back saying nuh-unh you started it so I'm not going to until you do.

Like I asked earlier.... you aren't really trying anymore, are you?

Wintermute said...

TSAnonymous said...

"Honest? llike thos ewho insist on calling TSA machines "naked body scanners? or those who insist that TSA "confiscates" items?
Perhaps if those folks were honest, the TSA blogger would see fit to be."

Have you bothered to read the RFCs on the machines? The link has been posted multiple times. One of the design requirements was that they could store and transmit the underlying image. Software is what converts the nude image to the gumby image, and but the nude image is still there.

Also, yes, the word "confiscate" is the correct word. Someone cannot "voluntarily surrender" an item while under duress, regardless of how "voluntarily" they do it.

Anonymous said...

Like I asked earlier.... you aren't really trying anymore, are you?

You are right, I have to write what I do so that I feel better about my career dicisions.

Anonymous said...

'I Have Two Masters Degrees' admitted that the TSA Blog contains misleading statements (at best) when she wrote, "Perhaps if those folks were honest, the TSA blogger would see fit to be."

sam said...

wow

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Anonymous said...

Great work! i see the significance of posting this confiscated weapons every now on then on this blog. Just to secure the safeness of the people, so i'm with you with this one. Great work!

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Great! The public can't get their comments posted in a timely manner but three spam posts make it to the light of day in a very timely manner.

Anonymous sam said...
wow [link to some virus laden page]

March 2, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Anonymous robert curtious said...
This is actually the out of mind problem you don't havve to care about the things happening around because the things around us are going absolutely fine .we seek for gratuitement
here and there but by luck we may get it.

March 5, 2015 at 6:49 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Great work! i see the significance of posting this confiscated weapons every now on then on this blog. Just to secure the safeness of the people, so i'm with you with this one. Great work!

March 12, 2015 at 5:53 AM