|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).|
|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)|
- 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).
|L-R - Replica Flash Bang Grenade Hot Sauce (MSY), Replica Cologne Grenade (LAR) and Inert Grenade (AUS).|
- A concealed detachable belt buckle knife was detected in carry-on bag at San Francisco (SFO)
|Top to Bottom, Knives Discovered At: COS, ABQ & SNA|
|Bladed Multi-tool Amongst Other Items at LAX|
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 left, firearms discovered at:SAN, BUF, LAS, and ATL|
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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