Friday, March 13, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 39 Firearms Discovered This Week (35 Loaded)



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

39 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 39 firearms, 35 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered.
       
Replica Grenade (ART)
Replica Grenade (ART)
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.

  • A replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Watertown International (ART). It pulled apart to reveal a screwdriver and bit set. While tools 7-inches and smaller are permitted in carry-on bags, anything that looks like a grenade is not.

Large Amount of Marijuana in Carry-on at OAK: 17 clear vacuum sealed plastic bags of marijuana were discovered in two carry-on bags this week at Oakland (OAK). If during the security screening process an officer discovers an item that may violate federal law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement.

Marijuana in carry-on bags at OAK
Marijuana in carry-on bags at 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.

Clockwise from top left, knives and stars discovered at: LAS, PHX, DAL, DAL, SJC, DTW, PHF & LAS
Clockwise from top left, items discovered at: LAS, PHX, DAL, DAL, SJC, DTW, PHF & LAS
Stun Guns - 22 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), three at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Atlanta (ATL), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Charlottesville (CHO), Denver (DEN), Houston Hobby (HOU), Midland (MAF), Nashville (BNA), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Omaha (OMA), Orlando (MCO), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Antonio (SAT), San Francisco (SFO), and Tyson (TYS).

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: ATL, BNA, BHM, OMA & IAH
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: ATL, BNA, BHM, OMA & IAH
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:BNA, RDU, TPA & RDU
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:BNA, RDU, TPA & RDU
39 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 39 firearms, 35 were loaded and 12 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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49 comments:

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...We continue to find inert grenades "

And even with the ability to determine they are internet you still voluntarily surrender them from Citizens. Why is that?

Oh, and two more things....

No terrorists or terrorist plots foiled.

And nothing found with the big nudie-scanners/surrender-machines.

OK, three things.... you are recycling photos again/still. You wouldn't be trying to mislead the travelling public now would you?

Anonymous said...

Haven't heard from disgruntled former TSOs RB, SSSS, or Susan in awhile.

Susan Richart said...

Tell me, Bob, why the word "shill" isn't allowed in a post when referring to a certain other commenter. You allow posts with unfounded statements, statements that you know are not true, about RB and me to be posted but when I make a reference to an anonymous poster being a shill for the TSA, you don't post it.

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RB said...

As often as the blog highlights TSA screeners finding drugs I think it rightfully raises the question if TSA screenings are an Administrative Search or a general search.

Is TSA in violation of the law?

Anonymous said...

No terrorists or terrorist plots foiled.
that you know of.

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?

Anonymous said...

While it makes sense not to let items that look like weapons, explosives, etc. onto planes, it makes no sense for you to trumpet finding inert or replica grenades, etc. on this blog every week. The items are neither dangerous nor carried by people intending to use them to threaten others, commit a hijacking, or anything else; they're either people who conduct trainings using those items or tourists who bought them as a gag or a paperweight and didn't think about the security implications. Why pretend they're any danger, or that you've done anything heroic by stopping harmless items carried by innocent people?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said..." ...Haven't heard from..."

Miss me? I didn't know you cared.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Haven't heard from disgruntled former TSOs RB, SSSS, or Susan in awhile.

March 14, 2015 at 4:15 AM
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I can't speak for anyone but myself but let me explain this so even your feeble brain can understand.

I have never considered, applied for, nor worked for TSA in any capacity.

Don't know about the rest of the folks here but I have more pride in myself than to do that.

Anonymous said...

RB said...
As often as the blog highlights TSA screeners finding drugs I think it rightfully raises the question if TSA screenings are an Administrative Search or a general search.

Is TSA in violation of the law?

March 15, 2015 at 3:53 PM
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Why dont you research that for us RB? You're certainly on here enough.

Anonymous said...

Susan Richart said...
Tell me, Bob, why the word "shill" isn't allowed in a post when referring to a certain other commenter. You allow posts with unfounded statements, statements that you know are not true, about RB and me to be posted but when I make a reference to an anonymous poster being a shill for the TSA, you don't post it.

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March 14, 2015 at 7:54 AM
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Yes Susan, They do allow unfounded statements. See just about any post from you or RB.

Anonymous said...

Aloha, perhaps if you trained all of your personal to follow the rules, you would not have so much complaing{sp} and enforce corrective actions.When oh when are you going to just answer a question without dodging and jumping around. When that happens everyone will be happy.

Anonymous said...

Susan said, "You allow posts with unfounded statements, statements that you know are not true"

Right. And that includes everything you post on this site!

Anonymous said...

RB said, "Is TSA in violation of the law?"

No. What would you have Officers do when they find illegal drugs?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"... Anonymous said...
No terrorists or terrorist plots foiled.
that you know of."

Oh really?

Are we talking about the same TSA? Because the one I'm talking about has a long police-blotter style post every week announcing how many firearms it found, how many of them were loaded, even how many had a round in the chamber. The blotter posts also announce how many inert hand grenades were found and they even include the occasional picture of those inert things that were voluntarily surrendered from passengers.

So if this TSA that I am reading about every week had actually foiled a terrorist plot, or even caught an actual terrorists, they are suddenly going to keep it secret?

I don't think so!

If they actually caught a terrorist it would be headline news in every news outlet in the world! "We got one! We Saved The Day!"

What would make the citizens of this country feel more safe than knowing the TSA actually caught a terrorist? What could make them trust the TSA more than holding up a terrorists while saying 'told ya so!'?

No. I can say with six or seven 9's of certainty that the TSA hasn't stopped any terrorists, nor caught any terrorists.

Anonymous said...

Bobby:

You still haven't answered to your edits to the PHL statement, or to the fact that you're censoring comments that ask legitimate questions, like "Why does the TSA continue to employ a known perjurer as a SUPERVISOR at PHL?" and "Does the TSA have a policy of tolerating criminal behavior (perjury is a felony in Pennsylvania, after all) among its employees?"

These questions are ONE HUNDRED PERCENT within the guidelines you post. Yet you still don't let them through.

Simple, simple questions, Bobby. Why can't you gather the courage to answer?

Anonymous said...

While it makes sense not to let items that look like weapons, explosives, etc. onto planes, it makes no sense for you to trumpet finding inert or replica grenades, etc. on this blog every week. The items are neither dangerous nor carried by people intending to use them to threaten others, commit a hijacking, or anything else; how is it you know this? they're either people who conduct trainings using those items or tourists who bought them as a gag or a paperweight and didn't think about the security implications. or members of terror groups testing TSA to see wha they can get away with. Why pretend they're any danger, or that you've done anything heroic by stopping harmless items carried by innocent people? is it worth the risk? would you want TSA to gammble with the lives of your children?

Anonymous said...

It seems that most of these items would be detected by basic pre-9/11 screening.

And back then we didn't have to doubly-subsidize the TSA through taxes and ticket fees.

RB said...

 Anonymous said..

.RB said... As often as the blog highlights TSA screeners finding drugs I think it rightfully raises the question if TSA screenings are an Administrative Search or a general search.Is TSA in violation of the law?
March 15, 2015 at 3:53 PM

--------------Why dont you research that for us RB? You're certainly on here enough.
March 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM
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I'd be happy to but given how TSA uses the SSI designation to hide its illegal actions from public scrutiny I doubt I would make much headway.

If TSA had just a tiny bit of integrity there wouldn't even be a question but TSA sold out on ethics, honesty, and integrity years ago.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
RB said, "Is TSA in violation of the law?"

No. What would you have Officers do when they find illegal drugs?

March 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM
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If the TSA "Screener" went looking for drugs then that is an illegal search.

We already know from past events that TSA employees will file flase police reports, commit perjury in a court of law, and other illegal actions in order to persecute travelers.

As far as I am concerned if it isn't WEI then TSA's "Screeners" should do nothing other than clear the bag. We have law enforcement to deal with criminals.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said..." The items are neither dangerous nor carried by people intending to use them to threaten others, commit a hijacking, or anything else; how is it you know this?

Because airplanes aren't raining out of the sky in other countries that don't have TSA. Ours is not the only country that has civil aviation. And as much as the TSA would like you to believe differently, ours is not the only country targeted by terrorists.

Susan Richart said...

I back up my comments with cites which is more than the pro-TSA people do, but don't let that stop you from making untruthful comments.

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Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
"or members of terror groups testing TSA to see wha they can get away with."

"would you want TSA to gammble with the lives of your children? "

So, if the "oh no! terrists!!!" tactic doesn't work, switch to "think of the children!"

These are what we would call logical fallacies. First one, you have no proof, just conjecture. Second one, there would have to be a credible threat for it to be a gamble.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
RB said, "Is TSA in violation of the law?"

No. What would you have Officers do when they find illegal drugs?


That wasn't the question, as you full well know.

Anonymous said...

Are we talking about the same TSA? Because the one I'm talking about has a long police-blotter style post every week announcing how many firearms it found, how many of them were loaded, even how many had a round in the chamber. The blotter posts also announce how many inert hand grenades were found and they even include the occasional picture of those inert things that were voluntarily surrendered from passengers.

So if this TSA that I am reading about every week had actually foiled a terrorist plot, or even caught an actual terrorists, they are suddenly going to keep it secret?

I don't think so!

If they actually caught a terrorist it would be headline news in every news outlet in the world! "We got one! We Saved The Day!"

What would make the citizens of this country feel more safe than knowing the TSA actually caught a terrorist? What could make them trust the TSA more than holding up a terrorists while saying 'told ya so!'?

No. I can say with six or seven 9's of certainty that the TSA hasn't stopped any terrorists, nor caught any terrorists.
Again. not that you know of. Imagine if on 9-11, the private screeners would have stopped the hijackers and taken their box cutters. Whould anyone have known? Of course not. They would have been thrown in the trash and the terrorist would have moved on to plan 2. There would have been no headlines, no trumpeting on the news and no fan fair. Same thing is true today. If TSA catches a gun, or a fake grenade there is absolutly no way to know what may have been prevented. So nobody can honestly say with any degree of certainty, that TSA has not stopped a terrorist plot. As for catching terrorist, that is not TSA's mission or purpose. Of course they have not caught a terrorist.Its not their function to do so.

Anonymous said...

I have come around to the idea that TSA should not be confuscating drugs

Anonymous said...

"I Have Two Masters Degrees" said:

"Why dont you research that for us RB? You're certainly on here enough."

Looks like YOU are certainly on here often enough. Here are the times and dates of your comments on this blog post alone:

March 14, 2015 at 4:15 AM
March 16, 2015 at 8:18 AM
March 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM
March 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM
March 16, 2015 at 4:59 PM
March 17, 2015 at 8:43 AM
March 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM
March 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM

That's 8 of 19 comments thus far.

Any more to add?

Anonymous said...

What difference does it make if the gun is loaded or unloaded. You can carry a pair of scissors that measures 4 inches from tip to fulcrum and you can't carry a knife with a 1 inch blade..good grief.

Anonymous said...

"is it worth the risk? would you want TSA to gammble with the lives of your children? "

What risk?

I'm not saying to let replica grenades, etc. on board. I'm saying TSA should stop pretending that they've found anything dangerous and leave these things out of the weekly blotter posts. Unfortunately, TSA is more interested in terrorizing people than being honest. And, of course, the contents of TSA's weekly blotter post have no impact on anyone, including my or anyone else's children.

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 served and sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!!

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "As often as the blog highlights TSA screeners finding drugs I think it rightfully raises the question if TSA screenings are an Administrative Search or a general search.

Is TSA in violation of the law?"

Not when it is discovered while clearing a bag for possible threat items (as opposed to searching the bag specifically for "illegal drugs"). These items are found while making certain that no threat items are in the bag. Reporting them is part of our attempt to raise awareness about these items and the challenges that may result from bringing them to the airport.

SSSS sez - "Miss me? I didn't know you cared."

<~~ this guy cares about all of our posting pals.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "As often as the blog highlights TSA screeners finding drugs I think it rightfully raises the question if TSA screenings are an Administrative Search or a general search.Is TSA in violation of the law?"

Not when it is discovered while clearing a bag for possible threat items (as opposed to searching the bag specifically for "illegal drugs"). These items are found while making certain that no threat items are in the bag. Reporting them is part of our attempt to raise awareness about these items and the challenges that may result from bringing them to the airport.

SSSS sez - "Miss me? I didn't know you cared."<~~ this guy cares about all of our posting pals.
West
TSA Blog Team
March 21, 2015 at 10:53 AM

So how do we know that TSA screeners are actually engaged in a legal administrative search or conducting an illegal search?

Should we just trust the screeners when we have multiple examples of dishonesty infesting the ranks of TSA, such as a TSA Supervisor who filed a false police report and went on to perjure himself in s court of law?

Or TSA employees who held a traveler hostage in a glass box for an extended period of time.

Or other TSA employees who filed false complaints against another traveler who did nothing more than video recorded TSA employee action when the traveler stated that they had no ID on them?

Or how about the upstanding citizen TSA TSM who was discharged from the church because he had a thing for young girls?

And this is just a small listing of some of TSA's prouder moments, there are plenty of others!

Face it, even the acting TSA Administrator has a questionable ethics history.

When any person or group has squandered its integrity, as has TSA, is it any wonder that the organization has little trust from the public?

So I ask the question again, how do we know that TSA Screeners are conducting a legal administrative search or an illegal general purpose search?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Bold Posting Anonymous said "...Again. not that you know of. Imagine if on 9-11, the private screeners would have stopped the hijackers and taken their box cutters. "

I don't have to imagine. It is very obvious that the September 11th incident was not a casual happenstance where a couple of terrorists got lucky because they go to keep their box cutters.

I really don't think, and you really don't either, that September 11th could have been prevented by simply confiscating their box cutters.

Anonymous said...

RB said, "If the TSA "Screener" went looking for drugs then that is an illegal search.

Oooh, RB got his feelings hurt. 1) Does using the term "Screener" satisfy your passive aggressiveness? 2) Learn the proper use of quotations, they're not for emphasis.

While you were referred to as a Screener when you worked for TSA, the proper title is now Transportation Security Officer.

Also, you ignored the question. What should an Officer do when they find illegal drugs while searching for WEI?

Anonymous said...

SSSS said, "Ours is not the only country that has civil aviation"

Really!?! You believe America is the only country in the world with commercial aviation?

Anonymous said...

Susan said, "I back up my comments with cites which is more than the pro-TSA people do, but don't let that stop you from making untruthful comments."

1) Your citations are never trustworthy.

2) Only complainers take the time to obsessiveness post their thoughts here. Millions of happy air travelers not commenting on this blog effectively drown out your anti-TSA noise.

3) As a former TSO, your view is irrecoverably biased.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I Have Two Masters Degrees" said:

"Why dont you research that for us RB? You're certainly on here enough."

Looks like YOU are certainly on here often enough. Here are the times and dates of your comments on this blog post alone:

March 14, 2015 at 4:15 AM
March 16, 2015 at 8:18 AM
March 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM
March 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM
March 16, 2015 at 4:59 PM
March 17, 2015 at 8:43 AM
March 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM
March 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM

That's 8 of 19 comments thus far.

Any more to add?

March 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM
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What ARE you talking about?? Two of those comments mentioned, which includes the one above are mine. I'm not "I Have Two Masters Degrees". Where do you get your information?

Susan Richart said...

"1) Your citations are never trustworthy."

Then why don't you refute them with your own citations?

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Anonymous said...

"So how do we know that TSA screeners are actually engaged in a legal administrative search or conducting an illegal search?"

TSA does not have screeners, they are Federal Officers. Your failure to acknowledge this basic understanding renders all your opinions moot as you should know better.

Anonymous said...

"When any person or group has squandered its integrity, as has TSA, is it any wonder that the organization has little trust from the public?"

Except for the fact millions of daily flyers disagree with you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous. If the TSA job was so good, why are you not working there now?

Susan Richart said...

" Anonymous said...

"So how do we know that TSA screeners are actually engaged in a legal administrative search or conducting an illegal search?"

TSA does not have screeners, they are Federal Officers. Your failure to acknowledge this basic understanding renders all your opinions moot as you should know better.

March 23, 2015 at 6:05 PM"

The are screeners, pure and simple, and are called "officers" in an attempt to boost their morale and hoodwink the public. As I said, plain and simple.

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Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
I have come around to the idea that TSA should not be confuscating drugs

I thought you said TSA doesn't confiscate anything? Or did you forget about your little word games?

Anonymous said...

I guess many here do not comprehend, you DO NOT have the right to fly, it is a privilege. I have traveled overseas, and the security at other airports would really upset those here, that are complaining about the current screenings. I applied for a screening position before the TSA came to be, and the private security company providing the airport security was accepting felons for the airport positions. Would you like Pedaphiles and rapists to search you at the airport in the good old days before 9/11? Think about it.

Susan Richart said...

Here we go again:

"A citizen of the United States has a public right of transit through the
navigable airspace." 49 US Code-Section 40103 (2)

What about that do you not understand?

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Anonymous said...

Susan. The term TSO
Is an official an OPM designation, whether you agree or disagree is of no significance. It has nothing to do with morale. Your passive aggressive "insult" in using the term screener simply underscores your illiteracy.

Thomas Flynn said...

Do the few DIGRUNTLED individuals that continually post comments realize that at sporting events, concerts, and most public events have screening of participants. Transportation is no different, the general public are utilizing a public service in a public setting, therefore you do not have a right to just enter. Too bad if you do not like the safety procedures in place. Just do not participate or fly, period. 95% of the public welcome the minor inconvenience, we do not espouse to your problem with the screening process.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Thomas Flynn said...
Do the few DIGRUNTLED individuals that continually post comments realize that at sporting events, concerts, and most public events have screening of participants. Transportation is no different,

There is a difference you willfully ignoring...... sporting events are held on private property and screened by private security companies. To enter those areas you walk through a metal detector (or less).

The TSA is a government agency and has certain restrictions placed upon it by the greatest law of our land.... the Constitution. What the TSA does is unconstitutional. They claim it to be an administrative search, but the courts have not answered that question yet.

As to the rest of your comment... please tell me which train I can take to Hawaii or Japan. Please tell me which bus will get me from Orlando to London.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Flynn said...
Do the few DIGRUNTLED individuals that continually post comments realize that at sporting events, concerts, and most public events have screening of participants. Transportation is no different, the general public are utilizing a public service in a public setting, therefore you do not have a right to just enter. Too bad if you do not like the safety procedures in place. Just do not participate or fly, period. 95% of the public welcome the minor inconvenience, we do not espouse to your problem with the screening process.

April 1, 2015 at 9:33 AM
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it is less a problem with the screening process than the secrecy, lack of transparency, and arbitrariness of TSA procedures. they are not making us safer, so why is ANY inconvenience justifiable? it's not. and it is unconstitutional in the way that it is currently implemented.