Friday, February 13, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 49 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week



Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at PHX.
Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at PHX.

49 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 49 firearms, 43 were loaded and 16 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 problems.

  • An inert hand grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Raleigh Durham (RDU).
  • An replica grenade used as a stick shift attachment was detected in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK).  
L-R: Grenades discovered at RDU & OAK
L-R: Grenades discovered at RDU & OAK

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.

Axes (BWI), Gun Knife (BWI), Bows & Arrows (LAS)
Axes (BWI), Gun Knife (BWI), Bows & Arrows (LAS)
Stun Guns - 19 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), three at Sacramento (SMF), two at Atlanta (ATL), and the remainder at Baltimore (BWI), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas Love (DAL), Eugene (EUG), Kansas City (MCI), Las Vegas (LAS), Milwaukee (MKE), Newport News (PHF), Norfolk (ORF), Orlando (MCO), and Tallahassee (TLH). 

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: BNA, CLT, PHX, RSW & RAP
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, CLT, PHX, RSW & RAP
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: PHX, OAK, HRL & FLL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: PHX, OAK, HRL & FLL

49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 43 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 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 $11,000. 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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41 comments:

Anonymous said...

good job TSA!
keep us safe

Anonymous said...

And all of you think private security will be better. In my opinion, they are worse. Second day on the job, and they let someone trough without being screened.

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/9-investigates-security-breach-sanford-airport/nj8yM/

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?

AirRifleHQ said...

I vote to allow Gun Knife (BWI),. 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...

If the penalties were more severe all this would end.

GearHeadB said...

That gear shifter only vaguely looks like a grenade, and probably only when looking at it using an x-ray machine. Did you confiscate the gear shifter? Did you give the owner the alleged "option" of keeping his/her private property?

That gear shifter in no way was a threat to aviation safety. It also is in no way even a threat of fakely scaring passengers.

Not a good catch, blotter team. Not a good catch at all.

More theft under color of government "authority" by the TSA.

Anonymous said...

Reusing weapons photos is unethical and unprofessional. The TSA Blog Team cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

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

Why?

Your blotter post plainly says you found inert grenades so you have the technology to determine live ordnance from things that simply look like something else.... so why is the fake stuff prohibited from flying?

Anonymous said...

"And all of you think private security will be better."

When did anybody commenting on this blog say that? Provide a link, please.

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Change request. Instead of the chart being by date, arrange the lines BY AIRPORT, and date within each airport.

Also, all a column for 'count of items confiscated.' If no guns that airport, that day, you do not have to show the line of data.

Make a change. It will do you good. Maybe we can help you accomplish your goals.

Do this and I have a better proposal for next week

Susan Richart said...

"SSSS for Some Reason said...

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

Why?

Your blotter post plainly says you found inert grenades so you have the technology to determine live ordnance from things that simply look like something else.... so why is the fake stuff prohibited from flying?"

Because the TSA is concerned that the uneducated, those who believe the TSA is keeping them safe, will panic if they see anything, such as a perfume bottle or paper weight, that even slightly resembles a "weapon."

Anonymous said...

Is there a point to these blog posts? You find guns and knives every week with the same metal detectors and x-ray machines that have been in use for decades. It is the most basic task of your job. If there had been one security organization 25-30 years ago, I bet they could have put together a list like this every week.

I'm more concerned with the abuse of the passenger in Philadelphia that is posted below. I am also interested in why a 63 year old lady manages to keep stowing away on planes. How does she get through security. Getting on the plane is the airlines fault, but how is she repeatedly able to get to the gate?

Falcon-One said...

Anonymous said...
And all of you think private security will be better. In my opinion, they are worse. Second day on the job, and they let someone trough without being screened.

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/9-investigates-security-breach-sanford-airport/nj8yM/
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Intresting story, TSA get's it right for at least 5 years, and
Trinity Technology Group let's a passenger through without being screened on there second day. Bring back what worked. I want TSA back on the job.

G.N. Harper said...

Ineffective naked body scanners? lol...Found a damned dime that fell into my underwear...The resolution has been knocked down considerably, so don't worry about your minor asset being laughed at. Anyone here ever seen a bullet in the barrel of a revolver? I mean a gun pointed 6 inches from your face...so close you could determine the manufacturer of the bullet? I don't want knives, brass knucks, nuns, squirt guns or anything else on any flight I am on. TSA has my full support.

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...

Anonymous said...
good job TSA!
keep us safe


February 13, 2015 at 8:21 PM
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since by their own assessment, TSA allows through more than twice as many prohibited items as is stops, you really should stop cheerleading this incompetent organization and realize that they do not keep us safe at all.

Anonymous said...

Everyone always wants to comment on what should and what should not be let on the airplane. The real question is why we keep educating members of our society that aren't capable of asking and answering the common sense question of whether an item will raise eyebrows at the screening point or not. Any rational thinker will know that a grenade, active or inert, will cause concern with everyone involved, not just the TSA. Really--is it that difficult of a concept? Reminds me of the Bud Light and axe/chainsaw commercial.

Anonymous said...

since by their own assessment, TSA allows through more than twice as many prohibited items as is stops, you really should stop cheerleading this incompetent organization and realize that they do not keep us safe at all.

I have been reading this same ridiculous comment for ages now. I am pretty sure it is your interpretation of the test results TSA gathers during their own internal testing. And test results can be manipulated anyway you want to achieve the results you want. Clearly, your desired result is to show failure. That said, anyone with any degree of business and testing logic knows tests are conducted NOT to show success rates but to demonstrate failing points, weaknesses and stress levels. Example, you don’t test a piece of concrete designed to hold 1000 lbs. to see if it will hold a 1000lb weight. You test it to see if it will break at 2000lbs. If the concrete cracks, the test is not a failure. As we all know, everything has a weakness and a breaking point. TSA’s tests are designed to test weaknesses NOT to see if an officer can find something. It’s simple, find a weakness, exploit it and then try to solve the weakness. Then test it again to see if the fix worked. To even suggest that TSA’s test failure rates are indicative of their success is ludicrous and elementary at best.
To date, TSA success rates, according to their mission is 100%. Have things slipped by? Of course, But the mission of TSA is to provide safe travel. To date, there has not been one single terror attack on an American based flight. That is a better success rate than any police Department, Fire Department, Doctor, Lawyer CBP, ICE or any other agency you can think of.
To those who say “those things are not a threat”, I’m glad you feel that way. But you are not the only person on the plane. Others may be threatened by an inert grenade. Perhaps you should think of others for a change. I guarantee, If I pull out an inert grenade at 30,000 feet and start barking out orders, everyone one on that plane will fear for their life and do exactly as I tell them. Maybe others don’t want people with guns on their flights.

Anonymous said...

"Ineffective naked body scanners? lol...Found a damned dime that fell into my underwear..."

That is called a false positive. False positives are not desirable. For one, they regularly distract TSA from looking for the items that actually are dangerous and they result in TSA staff increasingly not taking scanner alarms seriously. (Read about the boy who cried wolf?) For another, they are overly invasive with respect to travelers' privacy and dignity because they are not targeted to actual threats (and this is counter to the administrative search doctrine that TSA uses to justify the naked body scanners in the first place).

"...The resolution has been knocked down considerably..."

Provide proof, please.

"...Anyone here ever seen a bullet in the barrel of a revolver? I mean a gun pointed 6 inches from your face..."

Calm down. Stop fearmongering.

"...I don't want knives, brass knucks, nuns, squirt guns or anything else on any flight I am on..."

Squirt guns??? Do they scare you?

Are you equally scared of large bottles of shampoo and snowglobes? TSA prohibits those.

Do you know how much damage can be inflicted on a person with items that TSA does NOT prohibit? Keys, stiletto heels, power cables, small tools, chopsticks, knitting needles, shoelaces, bare hands...

Anonymous said...

Why are my comments being deleted? They met blog policy. Why do you refuse to post my questions regarding blog policy?

Anonymous said...

Having had 20+ years in handling of explosives I think I have the experience to say that if it looks remotely like any type of explosive the only choice is to treat it as if it was real. NO EXCEPTIONS

RB said...

If a grenade shaped item is spotted on xray why isn't the Check Point shutdowm and Explosive Experts called each and every time?

Is it perhaps because TSA knows they are not live?

And the gear shift knob was not a replica of a grenade. Just more theft by TSA.

RB said...

G.N. Harper said...
Ineffective naked body scanners? lol...Found a damned dime that fell into my underwear...The resolution has been knocked down considerably, so don't worry about your minor asset being laughed at. Anyone here ever seen a bullet in the barrel of a revolver? I mean a gun pointed 6 inches from your face...so close you could determine the manufacturer of the bullet? I don't want knives, brass knucks, nuns, squirt guns or anything else on any flight I am on. TSA has my full support.

February 17, 2015 at 2:21 AM
............................
If you can tell the manufacturer of a round by looking at the projectile end while it is in the cylinder then your more special than everyone else.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work TSA!!!

Anonymous said...

G.N. Harper said......I don't want knives, brass knucks, nuns, squirt guns or anything else on any flight I am on.

Maybe you should consider chartering a private plane.

Anonymous said...

G.N. Harper said...
"...I don't want ... nuns ... on any flight I am on. "

Must have been traumatized as a child in Catholic school, huh? ;)

RB said...

When will TSA release the results from public comments regarding TSA 's use of Electronic Strip Search Machinez??

TwoThumbsUp said...

"since by their own assessment, TSA allows through more than twice as many prohibited items as is stops, you really should stop cheerleading this incompetent organization and realize that they do not keep us safe at all."

Two thumbs up!!

Susan Richart said...

Here's yet another TSA screener who has been abusing a child for 3 years:

http://www.wesh.com/news/daytona-beach-tsa-agent-accused-of-sexually-battering-child-for-3-years/31324490

Wintermute said...

G.N. Harper said...
"Ineffective naked body scanners? lol...Found a damned dime that fell into my underwear..."

Yes. Ineffective. That dime was a false positive. Unless you're claiming that the dime was A) somehow a threat to commercial aviation, or B) on the TSA's laughable list of prohibited items which is comprised of mostly items that are not a threat to commercial aviation. For some reason, the TSA refuses to answer questions about the false positive rate.

Also, had you taken the time to artfully conceal your dime, you could have slipped it past the scanner's blind spot. And had the dime been prohibited, it would have been a false negative at that point, and became part of the TSA's 70% failure rate (which is, arguably, much, much, higher as false-positives are not included as a failure, as TSA refuses to acknowledge a false positive)

Anonymous said...

I fly every week and am 100% OK with loaded guns on airplanes. Just another gun free zone packed with law abiding citizens that can't defend themselves.

Focus on actual threats from terrorists. These weekly updates make the TSA look pathetic.

Susan Richart said...

To our Mensa "genius" who has suddenly either learned how to spell or how to use spell check:

1. "TSA success rates, according to their mission is 100%." Then you go on to say "Have things slipped by? Of course,..."

You can't have it both ways, fella. If "things" have slipped by, then the TSA has not been 100% successful.

2. "To date, there has not been one single terror attack on an American based flight."

There's also not been one single terror attack at any mall, movie theater, school, house of worship, hospital or any place else in this country. So I can say that "police Department, Fire Department, Doctor, Lawyer CBP, ICE or any other agency you can think of" has been extremely successful in preventing such attacks.

BTW, what do Doctors and Lawyers have to do with preventing terrorists attacks? Did you copy and paste and forget to proof read before you submitted your comment?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"I have two Masters degrees" said

"...tests are conducted NOT to show success rates but to demonstrate failing points, weaknesses and stress levels..."

but seems to not realize that letting WEI through a TSA checkpoint is a TSA failure regardless of who is carrying it, the quantity of it, the size of it, or the manner in which it is concealed. The concrete analogy is not pertinent because there is no sliding scale in TSA's prohibition on WEI (e.g., allowance of small guns but not big guns).

SSSS for Some Reason said...

The TSA Cheerleader posting as anonymous said in regards to the Red-Team testing of the TSA.... "As we all know, everything has a weakness and a breaking point. "

First, we pay the the TSA just a wee bit less than Eight Billion Dollars a year.

Second, the TSA has a primary objective of preventing a list of prohibited items from flying.

Third, if the process of the TSA can have it's success measured in anything less than 50 % then the system is too weak and well past it's breaking point.

Eight Billion a year and as many as seven prohibited items out of ten make it past the screeners? This is the primary objective of the TSA!

This is unacceptable no matter how much you want to spin it.

Improve yourself TSA or we we will replace you. Eight Billion dollars yearly will buy a lot more private security that will be a lot more effective and infinitely more accountable to the travelling public.

Anonymous said...

1. "TSA success rates, according to their mission is 100%." Then you go on to say "Have things slipped by? Of course,..."

You can't have it both ways, fella. If "things" have slipped by, then the TSA has not been 100% successful.
Susan, Im sorry I confused you. Seems simple to do. Re-read what I wrote. "according to their mission" I suggest you read their mission statement. Nowhere does their mission statement say anything abou tkeeping all dangerous items off of planes. That would be an impossible task.

2. "To date, there has not been one single terror attack on an American based flight."

There's also not been one single terror attack at any mall, movie theater, school, house of worship, hospital or any place else in this country. So I can say that "police Department, Fire Department, Doctor, Lawyer CBP, ICE or any other agency you can think of" has been extremely successful in preventing such attacks.
again Susan, Ill help by simplifying this for you. We have police officers..we also have crime, robberies, rapes murders. The things they are supposed to prevent. We have firemen who promote fire safety. Yet we have fires all the time. We have Dr's who are supposed to prevent death. Yet we have death all the time, we have surgeries that go bad. We have lawyers who loose their cases. I never said anything abou thtose people preventing terror attacks. You just assumed the connection I guess.

BTW, what do Doctors and Lawyers have to do with preventing terrorists attacks? Did you copy and paste and forget to proof read before you submitted your comment?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
And all of you think private security will be better. In my opinion, they are worse. Second day on the job, and they let someone trough without being screened.

Yeah? So? TSA misses them too...

http://ktla.com/2014/08/06/tsa-airline-officials-review-screening-protocols-after-stowaway-arrested-at-lax/

And TSA missed her seven times.

Anonymous said...

TSA Intern who loves to use the Bold Tag said "... Perhaps you should think of others for a change. I guarantee, If I pull out an inert grenade at 30,000 feet and start barking out orders, everyone one on that plane will fear for their life and do exactly as I tell them."

No, I doubt that very seriously.

If you pull out something that looks like a grenade and start barking orders they are going to have to remove you from the carpet with a commercial floor cleaner. The passengers will no longer comply with your type while in the air.

Susan Richart said...

The TSA's mission is to "Protect the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce."

However, in order to be successful at one's mission, goals and objectives are also needed.

The goal, called by the TSA a
Vision is to "Provide the most effective transportation security in the most efficient way as a high performing counterterrorism organization."

The TSA's objectives, however, seem to be missing. Is that because they are considered SSI or is it because they have failed in meeting those objectives far too often?

This very blog seems to be an attempt to show the public that the TSA is meeting its objectives.

When the TSA misses anything, however, it has failed in achieving its objectives. And when an organization fails in its objectives, it fails at its mission.

When a organization fails at meeting its goals, it also fails at meeting its mission. The TSA is far from providing the most effective transportation security in the most efficient way possible.

Just ask the OIG and the GAO about how "efficient" the TSA is.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"If you pull out something that looks like a grenade and start barking orders they are going to have to remove you from the carpet with a commercial floor cleaner." :-)

Further the pilot is going to rock and roll that plane so much you will be tossing your cookies long before you can toss your grenade.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
"If you pull out something that looks like a grenade and start barking orders they are going to have to remove you from the carpet with a commercial floor cleaner." :-)

Further the pilot is going to rock and roll that plane so much you will be tossing your cookies long before you can toss your grenade.

February 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM"
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REALLY?
You do know how grenades work, right? Because if it was a live grenade most likely the pin was pulled, which is something anyone threatening with a grenade is probably going to do just so they don't get tackled. Then when the pilot "rocked the plane", you've just had a live grenade with no pin let loose. Great idea.
Stop watching so many movies.

Jonson said...

There is no excuse during this world to run into a office stop or any institution and attempting to persuade security that "I forgot I had my weapon on Maine ". If you're that forgetful you ought to not be carrying it anyplace