Friday, February 6, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 43 Firearms, Replica Dynamite, and More



Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at GEG
Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at GEG

43 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 43 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 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 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 problem 


  • Replica sticks of dynamite were discovered in a checked bag at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Two inert/replica grenades were detected in carry-on bags in separate incidents at Jacksonville (JAX).
  • A scale model of an explosive drilling device was discovered in a checked bag at Houston Intercontinental (IAH).

Clockwise from top: Scale Model Explosive Drill (IAH), Inert/Replica Grenades (JAX), Replica Dynamite (LAS)
Clockwise from top: Scale Model Explosive Drill (IAH), Inert/Replica Grenades (JAX), Replica Dynamite (LAS)
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are examples from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.

  • A knife was discovered concealed in a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) at Minneapolis (MSP).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW).
  • Marijuana was discovered in the false bottom of a can of tomato soup in a checked bag at Nashville (BNA).
Clockwise from top left: Marijuana in Tomato Can (BNA), Lipstick Knife, Two-bladed Folding Knife, and Bullet Knife (DTW), Stun Gun Brass Knuckles (SEA), Sword (FLO)
Clockwise from top left: Marijuana in Tomato Can (BNA), Lipstick Knife, Two-bladed Folding Knife, and Bullet Knife (DTW), Stun Gun Brass Knuckles (SEA), Sword (FLO)

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.



Stun Guns - 11 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Four were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the remainder were discovered at Columbia (CAE), Dallas/Love Field (DAL), Las Vegas (LAS), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA). 

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, firearms discovered at: BOI, HOU, MCI & GSP
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BOI, HOU, MCI & GSP
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, DTW, LIT, CMH & FLL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, DTW, LIT, CMH & FLL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: SAT, MSY, PIT, SHV & DAL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: SAT, MSY, PIT, SHV & DAL

43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 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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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happens to ANY firearm discovered at a checkpoint? Are these prohibited things actually confiscated, or are owners cut some slack?

Johnny Cantwrite said...

The 38 caliber listed (the 18th from the bottom of the list) is listed as having a round chambered. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought 38 caliber handguns were always revolvers, not pistols. How is it possible for it to have a round chambered? Can a handgun expert weigh in please?

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...

"... Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited."

You have never explained this policy satisfactorily....

Yes, it can cause issues at the screening line because it looks like a a prohibited item.

But!

Even in your weekly blotter posts you list them as inert or replica or some other simple yet similar description.

If it is so easy to tell that it is an inert grenade (like the common customer service sight gag of take a number) then why should it be prohibited to fly? You just said it was an inert grenade so why is it still prohibited?

You need to do much better TSA. We are paying you 8 billion a year and not getting our money's worth. Improve or be replaced.

RB said...

Question about why TSA is taking pictures of weapons found at the checkpoint in light of the fact that once found it becomes a law enforcement matter.

In the very last group of guns shown in this post is a small semi-automatic pistol on top of a form. If one looks the form has a block labeled TSA Official Taking Photo.

So clearly TSA's involement extends beyond notifying police.

Why has TSA LIED about this over several years?

Anonymous said...

I vote to allow concealed carry on flights,. Nothing on this list is remotely concerning to me as a frequent flyer except that I am forced to travel as a victim by the TSA.

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO, the "Scale Model Explosive Drill" found at IAH was a sales model or training model, wasn't it? What scale was it? How big is the actual "explosive drill?"

Did TSA screeners confiscate the non-explosive model?

Sure check it out, but it wasn't an explosive, and from your wording, it was a model that was not the actual size of the real item.

Chris Boyce said...

Pot in a tomato soup can??? Wow! You must be proud! Lawyered up yet after the libelous post right above this one??? Or, did Francine say it was OK?

Screen shot made and sent to the DHS IG because I expect this post will never see the light of day.

Anonymous said...

Is your previous post going to be like the TSA Kids post where the blotter team (read: government employees) refused to allow comments by the American public? No responses gave been allowed for several days on any post.

AirRifle said...

The TSA reuses photos of guns allegedly found each week. What else are they lying about?

Anonymous said...

Obviously the pictures are just a representation of what they found since not all the pictures are included. I would imagine that while the Blog guys are given the raw numbers each week, all the data cannot make it to them by the end of the week. As an airport guy, I've watched it work just as the TSA describes. They document what they found and them turn it over to law enforcement. Stop trying to make a story where there isn't one paranoid Rob Lowe. I actually like that commercial though.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I vote to allow concealed carry on flights,. Nothing on this list is remotely concerning to me as a frequent flyer except that I am forced to travel as a victim by the TSA.

February 7, 2015 at 8:17 AM
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co-sign.

Anonymous said...

Johnny Cantwrite said...
The 38 caliber listed (the 18th from the bottom of the list) is listed as having a round chambered. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought 38 caliber handguns were always revolvers, not pistols. How is it possible for it to have a round chambered? Can a handgun expert weigh in please?

February 6, 2015 at 8:38 PM
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virtually any handgun can be chambered in virtually any caliber. there are a number of semi-automatic pistols which are chambered in .38

Mark Nensel said...

Hi, can you please identify which airport is "IWA" ? I cannot figure that one out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Mark Nensel said...
Hi, can you please identify which airport is "IWA" ? I cannot figure that one out. Thanks!
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If you would put the words "IWA airport" into Google you would immediately find that it is the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Anonymous said...


Mark Nensel said...
Hi, can you please identify which airport is "IWA" ? I cannot figure that one out. Thanks!

February 9, 2015 at 12:14 PM


https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KIWA

RB said...

And in another success of TSA's Twenty Layers of Flawless Security:

'Serial stowaway' slips aboard Minn.-Fla. flight

" An alleged serial stowaway who somehow slipped past airport security onto a flight to Jacksonville "

http://www.news10.net/story/news/nation/2015/02/09/serial-stowaway-slips-
aboard-jacksonville-flight/23155913/


So TSA can't even stop a 63 year old lady from evading TSA security.

Good Job TSA!!

Susan Richart said...

God bless her, she did it again:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/02/10/elderly-woman-known-as-serial-stowaway-arrested-again-this-time-in-florida/

It's really sad, TSA when a 63-year old woman can defeat you. :-)

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"Screen shot made and sent to the DHS IG because I expect this post will never see the light of day."

A) You were wrong

B) The DHS IG couldn't care less about these comments

Anonymous said...

"I am forced to travel"

You don't choose to fly voluntarily? Who's forcing you?

Anonymous said...

"Hi, can you please identify which airport is "IWA" ? I cannot figure that one out. Thanks!"

Ever hear of a cool site called "Google?"

Puddintane said...

Anonymous said...

"Screen shot made and sent to the DHS IG because I expect this post will never see the light of day."

A) You were wrong

B) The DHS IG couldn't care less about these comments

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You would be wrong on that.

screen shot

Anonymous said...

Why are TSAnonymous and other nasties being so rude to a legitimate question about an airport code? Too bad the blotter team has failed to respond to any questions lately. If they had, maybe they wouldn't have had to choose to allow so many rude conments.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous says in three separate posts:

...B) The DHS IG couldn't care less about these comments...

...You don't choose to fly voluntarily? Who's forcing you?...

...Ever hear of a cool site called "Google?"...


You appear to be uninformed, unimaginative, and rude. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Puddingtime said,"You would be wrong on that."

The couple misinformed critics here supposedly distrust TSA, but put faith in the DHS IG. Sad, but predictable.

Silly screenshot not necessary.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous says in three separate posts:

...B) The DHS IG couldn't care less about these comments...

...You don't choose to fly voluntarily? Who's forcing you?...

...Ever hear of a cool site called "Google?"...

You appear to be uninformed, unimaginative, and rude. Sad.

You forgot to add in violation of several items of the commenting policy.

Which is rather ironic for the TSA.... one set of rules for them, a different set of rules for everyone else. Maybe if we had Pre-Check our comments would get approved faster even if they are in violation of the commenting policy.

RB said...

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Which is rather ironic for the TSA.... one set of rules for them, a different set of rules for everyone else. Maybe if we had Pre-Check our comments would get approved faster even if they are in violation of the commenting policy.

February 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

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You know as well as I that the TSA Comment Policy is only used to suppress some speech but not that of TSA employees/supporters.

Regardless of the United States Constitution and the First Amendment that all TSA employees swore an oath to defend, the TSA Blog ignores that oath.

It is very similar to the documented acts of other TSA employees who have perjured themselves and go on like nothing wrong was done.

RB said...

Will TSA have anything to say about the most recent Accused TSA Pervert that was arrested?

TSA officer arrested on sex abuse charge

Those infallible background checks must be working just fine, eh!

Airgun said...

I vote to allow concealed carry on flights. I am forced to travel as a victim by the TSA.

Anonymous said...

"These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

Will Lisa ever say that about the [NAME REDACTED] TSA supervisor at PHL who had an innocent man arrested under false pretenses and then this TSA employee gave false testimony under oath?

RB said...

Anonymous said..."These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. 

Will Lisa ever say that about the [NAME REDACTED] TSA supervisor at PHL who had an innocent man arrested under false pretenses and then this TSA employee gave false testimony under oath?February 15, 2015 at 11:14 PM
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Of course not. TSA never addresses the high degree of corruption that plagues the agency.
TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue.

Anonymous said...

RB said, "TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue."

Let's see the skeletons in your closet!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous

RB said, "TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue."

Let's see the skeletons in your closet!


This isn't about RB.

Anonymous said...

"RB said...
Anonymous said..."These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

Will Lisa ever say that about the [NAME REDACTED] TSA supervisor at PHL who had an innocent man arrested under false pretenses and then this TSA employee gave false testimony under oath?February 15, 2015 at 11:14 PM
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Of course not. TSA never addresses the high degree of corruption that plagues the agency.
TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue.

February 16, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Anonymous said...
RB said, "TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue."

Let's see the skeletons in your closet!

February 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Anonymous said...
Anonymous

RB said, "TSA has so much dirty laundry to air that it would take a full time blog to even dent the issue."

Let's see the skeletons in your closet!

This isn't about RB.

February 21, 2015 at 10:53 PM"
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Actually, This is about RB. It's always about RB. I think RB lives for this site. He must. He's here every single day.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Actually, This is about RB. It's always about RB. I think RB lives for this site. He must. He's here every single day."

How is that even remotely relevant to the failures of the TSA? Or do you have no valid argument, and so it's easier to attack RB than defend the TSA?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Actually, This is about RB. It's always about RB. I think RB lives for this site. He must. He's here every single day."

Funny, but so are you.

Anonymous said...

TSA will take anything they want to and justify it in the name of "national security".

I am a political activist (since I was arrested at Burbank Airport in 2009 when a TSA agent accused me of battery, which I did not do; Google "Grandma Kicks TSA's Butt in Court" and watch the Youtube video, which is a CNN report that was done on me).

TSA has stolen my heirloom hammer, that I was taking on my carry-on, that belonged to my DAD. They would not mail it back to me, even if I paid the postage. This is theft in my book.

TSA has stolen my spray paint in my checked luggage. Yet they did allow my aerosol hair spray to go through. Where's the logic here?

Finally, TSA fabricated evidence against me so that I would be convicted of a crime I never did. (The prosecution was threatening me with jail time.)

Each one of the fraudulent acts done by TSA and Tom Buck, the Assistant U.S. Attorney that defending the felons, is a felony and God willing, one of these centuries, I will be able to prove it in Federal Court.

Blogger Bob is now famous, as he has become part of the federal court record in my pleadings.

Thanks for having this blog so that everyone can “vent”.

This will be interesting to see if Blogger Bob posts this comment in the name of transparency!

Here’s just a hint at what’s really happening in the United States of America. I have traveled all over the United States to protest the corruption in the U.S. government. I have been targeted by law enforcement because of my activism...I was arrested twice in Los Angeles and once in New York City, just for exerting my constitutionally protected right to talk.

If I seem very tangential in my comments, that is because of the PTSD that I have because of 3 unlawful arrests! I am a 62-year old grandmother of 9. I love my country and my fellow man. I want to gain back our country from the tyrants that now have taken control.

Thank you, TSA, for waking me up (but I did not appreciate the arrest, the incarceration, the malicious prosecution, nor the ongoing deceit and fraud).

Sincerely,
Nadine Hays