Friday, April 24, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, 3 Batarangs, and More




This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Miami (MIA).
This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Miami (MIA).
57 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 57 firearms, 47 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered.


From the left: Live smoke grenade discovered at Tulsa (TUL), and a live flash bang grenade discovered at Ft. Walton (VPS).
From the left: Live smoke grenade discovered at Tulsa (TUL), and a live flash bang grenade discovered at Ft. Walton (VPS).
Smoke Grenade - A live smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tulsa (TUL). 

Flash Bang Grenade - A live flash bang grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Ft. Walton (VPS). 

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 30 mm projectile was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
A replica 30 mm projectile was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.


A non-metallic knife was discovered concealed under a passenger’s pants during a pat-down at Lihue (LIH).
A non-metallic knife was discovered concealed under a passenger’s pants during a pat-down at Lihue (LIH).
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.

Counterclockwise from top, knives discovered at SFO, CLE, LGA, MLI, ORD, SLC, SNA and HNL.
Counterclockwise from top, knives discovered at SFO, CLE, LGA, MLI, ORD, SLC, SNA and HNL.
Three Batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag at Charlotte (CLT).
Three Batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag at Charlotte (CLT).
Stun Guns - 10 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Akron (CAK), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Gulfport (GPT), Minneapolis (MSP), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Palm Beach (PBI), San Francisco (SFO), and Sidney/Richland (SDY).

Discovered ammo in carry-on bags
When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.This ammo was all discovered this week in carry-on bags.
Counterclockwise from top, the firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags at ATL, ATL, ATL, MIA, and BNA
Counterclockwise from top, the firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags at ATL, ATL, ATL, MIA, and BNA
Firearms discovered in carry-on bags chart
*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. 

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.  

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram! 

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team 

If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 31 Loaded Firearms, 10 Inert Grenades, and 3 Propane Tanks Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week

Loaded Firearm Discovered in Carry-on Bag (LEX)
Loaded Firearm Discovered in Carry-on Bag (LEX)
40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 31 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
       
Clockwise From Top Left Corner, Grenades Discovered at: BWI, BWI, CAE, LAS, PHX, and MDT
Clockwise From Top Left Corner, Grenades Discovered at: BWI, BWI, CAE, LAS, PHX, and MDT
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.
  • 10 inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered around the nation this week. Six were discovered in checked bags (two at Baltimore (BWI), two at Columbia (CAE), Phoenix (PHX) and Minneapolis (MSP)), and four were discovered in carry-on bags (Harrisburg (MDT), Lihue (LIH), Las Vegas (LAS), and Baltimore (BWI)).
Three full camping-sized propane tanks were discovered in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK). Propane tanks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage due to their propensity to explode.
Three full camping-sized propane tanks were discovered in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK). Propane tanks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage due to their propensity to explode.
Ten vacuum sealed packages of marijuana were discovered in a checked bag at San Francisco (SFO).
Ten vacuum sealed packages of marijuana were discovered in a checked bag at San Francisco (SFO).
Counterclockwise From Top, Knives Discovered at: TUS, CLT, CLT, HNL, ORD, ORD, ORD, PHX, PVD, SFO, SFO, and SJC
Counterclockwise From Top, Knives Discovered at: TUS, CLT, CLT, HNL, ORD, ORD, ORD, PHX, PVD, SFO, SFO, and SJC

Clockwise From Top Left, Items Discovered at: MDW, AVP, and AUS
Clockwise From Top Left, Items Discovered at: MDW, AVP, and AUS
Zelda Sword Discovered at (OAK)
 Zelda Sword Discovered 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.

Stun Guns - 16 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the others were found at Albuquerque (ABQ), Atlanta (ATL), Bradley (BDL), Lafayette (LFT), Las Vegas (LAS), Midway (MDW), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Oklahoma City (OKC), Portland (PWM), Reno (RNO), Seattle (SEA), Sitka (SIT), Springfield (SGF), and Wichita (ICT).

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 in Carry-on Bags at: ATL, HOU, SNA, and MEM
Clockwise From Top Left, Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags at: ATL, HOU, SNA, and MEM
Clockwise From Top Left, Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags at: TUL, BNA, GTF, and CID
Clockwise From Top Left, Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags at: TUL, BNA, GTF, and CID
Left - Right, Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags at OAK and IND
Left - Right, Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags at OAK and IND

40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 31 were loaded and 13 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.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team


If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Disturbing Incident in Denver


By now I’m sure some of you have seen or heard reports in the media about a pair of Transportation Security Officers at Denver International Airport who were engaged in what can only be described as egregiously inappropriate behavior at the passenger screening checkpoint.

The two were caught because an alert employee noticed something was not right and reported it to TSA’s Office of Inspection Hotline. After a thorough investigation, including a review of closed-circuit television camera footage, the allegation was confirmed and the individuals were removed from duty and are no longer with the agency. They now potentially face local criminal charges as well.

This blatant violation of public trust by two individuals has significantly tarnished TSA’s reputation. Think about it – in an agency that employs more than 50,000 people, the irresponsible and potentially illegal behavior of just one or two reckless employees can severely and negatively impact the operational effectiveness of everyone else committed to carrying out our vital national security mission.

The vast majority of our employees act with the utmost integrity and professionalism every day, but unfortunately the conduct of a few can do significant damage to the entire workforce – and this damage is very difficult to overcome. We are committed to working very hard to prove ourselves to the public we serve in the months ahead to regain your trust.

Our mission requires that we initiate direct contact with the American people millions of times each day. In doing so we must learn from every incident and become better. The lone bright spot in this dark and disturbing behavior is that another employee saw what was going on and did not allow it to continue. Our workforce is strongly encouraged to report illegal or unethical behavior wherever and whenever they see it. Professionalism and integrity are at the core of who we are as counterterrorism professionals, and it is up to each and every one of us to demonstrate this with every passenger at every airport around the country. We must perform our work, for you the traveling public, with honor and pride. Anything less is a disservice and will not be tolerated.

Acting Administrator

Friday, April 10, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 36 Loaded Firearms, Samurai Sword, and More

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at OMA
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at OMA
44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 36 were loaded and 8 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.

  • Two inert grenades were detected in carry-on bags this week at Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and San Antonio (SAT).
.50 Caliber Rounds and an Inert Grenade (SAT)
.50 Caliber Rounds and an Inert Grenade (SAT)
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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers.
  • A comb knife was detected in a carry-on bag at Richmond (RIC).
  • A 6-inch knife was detected under the lining of a carry-on bag at San Francisco (SFO).
Comb Knife (RIC)
Comb Knife (RIC)

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.


Samurai Sword - A short Samurai sword was discovered in a carry-on bag at La Guardia (LGA). All knives and swords are prohibited from being transported in carry-on bags. However, they may be packed in checked baggage.

Counterclockwise from top, knives discovered at LGA, HNL, CLT, GRK, LGB, OAK, ORD, MDW, LAX, AUS, ORD, PVD & ONT
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at LGA, HNL, CLT, GRK, LGB, OAK, ORD, MDW, LAX, AUS, ORD, PVD & ONT
4.3 Kilos of Cocaine - As we’ve said before, we’re not looking for illegal narcotics, but we have to report them to law enforcement when discovered. That was the case this week when 4.3 kilos of cocaine were discovered concealed in two shampoo bottles in a checked bag at Atlanta (ATL).

Stun Guns - 18 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Four were discovered at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), two at Denver (DEN), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the others were discovered at Amarillo (AMA), Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Nashville (BNA), Norfolk (ORF), Oklahoma City (OKC), Reno (RNO), and San Francisco (SFO).


Ammunition Discovered In Carry-on Bags This Week
Ammunition Discovered In Carry-on Bags This Week




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, CLT, and DAL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at ATL, CLT, and DAL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at ATL, TUL, GPI, SAT, JAN, and ATL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at ATL, TUL, GPI, SAT, JAN, and ATL

Loaded firearm discovered at PHX
Loaded firearm discovered at PHX

44 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 44 firearms, 36 were loaded and 8 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.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns

TSA Blog Team

If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 32 Loaded Firearms, Live Smoke Grenades & A Strange Item at PHX

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


       
Two live smoke grenades were discovered this week. One was in a carry-on bag at Austin (right), and the other was in a checked bag at Columbus (left).
Two live smoke grenades were discovered this week. One was in a carry-on bag at Austin (right), and the other was in a checked bag at Columbus (left).

Homemade gadgets can resemble IEDs and result in evacuations and delays while explosives specialists work to clear the item.
What ended up being a homemade handheld gaming device strongly resembled an improvised explosive device on the X-ray monitor. Homemade gadgets can resemble IEDs and result in evacuations and delays while explosives specialists work to clear the item.

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.


Inert 120mm Tank Round (RNO)
Inert 120mm Tank Round (RNO)
  • An inert 120mm tank round was discovered in checked bag at Reno (RNO).
  • Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Three were in carry-on bags at Austin (AUS), New Orleans (MSY), and San Francisco (SFO), and one was discovered in a checked bag at Laramie (LAR).
Replica Flash Bang Grenade Hot Sauce (MSY), Replica Cologne Grenade (LAR) and Inert Grenade (AUS).
L-R - Replica Flash Bang Grenade Hot Sauce (MSY), Replica Cologne Grenade (LAR) and Inert Grenade (AUS).
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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers.
  • A concealed detachable belt buckle knife was detected in carry-on bag at San Francisco (SFO)
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.

Top to Bottom, Knives Discovered At: COS, ABQ & SNA
Top to Bottom, Knives Discovered At: COS, ABQ & SNA
Bladed Multi-tool Amongst Other Items at LAX
Bladed Multi-tool Amongst Other Items at LAX
Stun Guns - 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Two were discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Abilene (ABI), Burbank (BUR), Chicago Midway (MDW), Evansville (EVV), Nashville (BNA), Oakland (OAK), Ontario (ONT), Palm Springs (PSP), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Sacramento (SMF), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Scranton (AVP), 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, firearms discovered at: MEM, ORF, IND, ATL, and MKE
Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at: MEM, ORF, IND, ATL, and MKE
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:SAN, BUF, LAS, and ATL
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at:SAN, BUF, LAS, and ATL
33 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 33 firearms, 32 were loaded and 9 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.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Follow @TSABlogTeam on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

If you have a travel related issue or question that needs an immediate answer, you can contact us by clicking here.