Friday, May 8, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 43 Firearms, $100,000 Watch, Machetes & More

43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 38 were loaded and 14 had rounds chambered. This loaded antique firearm was discovered in carry-on bag at RDU.
43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 38 were loaded and 14 had rounds chambered. This loaded antique firearm was discovered in carry-on bag at RDU.
$100,000 Watch - A gold Cartier diamond encrusted watch was left at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) security checkpoint. A TSA officer spotted the watch and turned it into the TSA lost and found location. The $100,000.00 watch was picked up the next day.
$100,000 Watch - A gold Cartier diamond encrusted watch was left at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) security checkpoint. A TSA officer spotted the watch and turned it into the TSA lost and found location. The $100,000.00 watch was picked up the next day. If you’ve lost an item at the checkpoint, be sure to visit the TSA lost and found page.
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.
 

A traveler at BDL packed octagonal sais in his carry-on bag. Octagonal sais, as well as all other martial arts weapons, are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. Martial arts weapons may be packed in checked baggage, but it’s best to check local laws to ensure your weapons aren’t illegal to possess.

A traveler at BDL packed octagonal sais in his carry-on bag. Octagonal sais, as well as all other martial arts weapons, are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. Martial arts weapons may be packed in checked baggage, but it’s best to check local laws to ensure your weapons aren’t illegal to possess.


Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at BWI, ABQ, LAS, EWR, OAK, EWR, EWR, PHX, ORD and JAX.
Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at BWI, ABQ, LAS, EWR, OAK, EWR, EWR, PHX, ORD and JAX.


Discovered in Carry-on Bag at EWR
Stun Guns - 20 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week around the nation. Three were discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), and the remainder were discovered at Abilene (ABI), Boston (BOS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas Love (DAL), Duluth (DLH), Gulfport (GPT), Honolulu (HNL), Kansas City (MCI), Las Vegas (LAS), Memphis (MEM), Minneapolis (MSP), Nome (OME), Norfolk (ORF), Portland (PDX), Roanoke (ROA), Sacramento (SMF), and York LaGuardia (LGA). The pictured stun gun was discovered at EWR.

Ammo Discovered in Carry-on Bag at FAT
Ammo Discovered in Carry-on Bag at FAT

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, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, DFW, and IND.
Clockwise from top, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, DFW, and IND.

Clockwise from top, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at TLH, FAY, LAS, BOI, LAS and BNA.
Clockwise from top, these firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at TLH, FAY, LAS, BOI, LAS and BNA.


43 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 43 firearms, 38 were loaded and 14 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.


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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team


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31 comments:

Thomas Joy said...

I keep seeing these people trying to get thru the check points carrying a firearm and it still amazes me that they are not aware that they are carrying a firearm. How can you not know you have it. They should confiscate the weapon and slap them with a huge fine. I have had a CCW permit for years and I always know I am carrying my firearm. I guess there is no cure for stupid and hope these absent minded people do not pass on their genes to their children.

Anonymous said...

I agree. If they knew they would lose it, then they might think harder. Put up a big sign - "If you are carrying a weapon or anything that looks like a weapon - you will forfeit it here."

This is ridiculous. .. and unsafe for other passengers!

RB said...

Week after week TSA screeners are finding 30, 40, and even 50 guns each week. I'm not cutting any slack for the holders of the weapons but doesn't TSA deserve to be questioned on its complete failure to educate the public?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Yeah! You did your job one more week. I'm still not giving you a gold star because everything you posted is what you are supposed to do, your basic job. There was nothing extra, special, advanced, above or beyond this week. Nothing you needed the fancy nudie-scanners to find, no terrorist, no criminal arrests for any of those guns you found.

You did you job. Quit trying to make it sound like you accomplished anything that wasn't accomplished before you came along.

Really. Eight Billion a year and we get mediocrity celebrated.

Anonymous said...

Last Friday,returning from an airline conference at Las Vegas (rough job--somebody had to do it), I used my retired military as my form of ID at the screening point at McCarran. The TSO (forgot to get his name) was very cordial and thanked me for my service. I just wanted to return the compliment and thank you all for what you do, sometimes seemingly a thankless job by some of the comments on this blog. I used the Pre check line on the way out to Vegas but not on the way back. I saw very little difference in timing and inconvenience between the two, especially if you know what to expect. So the retiree who keeps complaining about that, please stop giving the rest of us a bad name. Job well done guys.

RB said...

The gun in the first image looks dicey. Don't think I would want to be holding it when it went off.

Anonymous said...

I'm pleased to see that these weapons and dangerous objects are being confiscated by the TSA inspectors. But it is obvious that you are not getting your message across to air travelers! Once again, I am suggesting the placement of large signs with pictures of weapons and forbidden items the words "BAD! NO! BAD! BAD!" prominently displayed because people are just not getting it!

RB said...

 SSSS for Some Reason said...Yeah! You did your job one more week. ?...................snip................The TSA does not, as a matter of policy, share baggage theft reports with local police departments.

Eight Billion a year and we get mediocrity celebrated.

May 9, 2015 at 11:44 AM

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TSA's hallmark!

Anonymous said...

RB, how can you possibly blame TSA for "failure to educate the public"? There's probably no one on earth that doesn't know you're not supposed to carry a gun through an airport checkpoint.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Put up a big sign - "If you are carrying a weapon or anything that looks like a weapon - you will forfeit it here."

While I understand that sentiment, and the frustration that generates it, I am fairly certain the Headshed (HQ for you folks that don't know what that means) would never approve it.

Anon sez - "Job well done guys." and several other complimentary things about our folks at McCarran.

We appreciate the kind words, thank you and hope to see you soon!

Anon sez - "There's probably no one on earth that doesn't know you're not supposed to carry a gun through an airport checkpoint."

That may be stretching it a bit, I am fairly certain there are a few folks that are unaware of that rule...

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

People still being guns to airport screening areas because they are careless, stupid, unaware of the rules, have paid off a screener, or they know that the TSA misses seven guns for every three they find.

It is not illegal to bring a gun into an airport in every state, so any fines or confiscation by real law enforcement (not the TSA) will vary.

The issue of TSA's pathetic excuse for signage is the subject of another comment.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob, you touting the $100,000 watch being turned in like it's special says three things:

1. The TSA can't be trusted to turn in the private property of flyers on a regular basis so you have to shout it from the mountain tops when one screener turns in one rare thing.

2.The clever thieving screeners know that a watch that expensive will be missed and investigated, unlike most stolen items.

3. Fencing that expensive of a watch would be difficult without the right connections, which I doubt most of the poorly paid screeners have.

RB said...

 Anonymous said..
.RB, how can you possibly blame TSA for "failure to educate the public"? There's probably no one on earth that doesn't know you're not supposed to carry a gun through an airport checkpoint.
May 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM
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Seems pretty clear that 30, 40, 50, or more people each week don't know or are not getting the word based on reports from TSA on this very blog.

Signs at the airport are to late. So yes, TSA needs to do some pre-airport education. What TSA is doing now isn't getting the job done.

Look back on the weekly updates for a year and see if the "found gun rate" is going up, dropping, or staying the same?

Anonymous said...

"RB said...
Week after week TSA screeners are finding 30, 40, and even 50 guns each week. I'm not cutting any slack for the holders of the weapons but doesn't TSA deserve to be questioned on its complete failure to educate the public?

May 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM"
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There's the famous RB 9th inning stretch....
Because in the almost 15 years TSA has been at the airports people haven't read a newspaper, watched TV, listened to the news on the radio, been to an airport and seen the dozens of signs,seen a late night talk show, browsed the internet, etc.
So now it's TSAs fault because it didnt't educate these people. Yeah. thats why they bring weopons to the airport.
Or alternately, Americans could do something that as a whole they are not known for... TAKE SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I agree. If they knew they would lose it, then they might think harder. Put up a big sign - "If you are carrying a weapon or anything that looks like a weapon - you will forfeit it here."

This is ridiculous. .. and unsafe for other passengers!

May 9, 2015 at 8:02 AM
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what, pray tell, makes it dangerous for other passengers?? TSA misses at least 2 for every one they catch, and I have not seen any reports of accidents or violence with the weapons that get through. please cite your sources.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Last Friday,returning from an airline conference at Las Vegas (rough job--somebody had to do it), I used my retired military as my form of ID at the screening point at McCarran. The TSO (forgot to get his name) was very cordial and thanked me for my service. I just wanted to return the compliment and thank you all for what you do, sometimes seemingly a thankless job by some of the comments on this blog. I used the Pre check line on the way out to Vegas but not on the way back. I saw very little difference in timing and inconvenience between the two, especially if you know what to expect. So the retiree who keeps complaining about that, please stop giving the rest of us a bad name. Job well done guys.

May 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM
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cordial has nothing to do with it. convenience has nothing to do with it. TSA claiming to employ "risk based" processes, but sending certain groups through pre-bribe with no relation to lower risk, while denying others who clearly have lower risk has everything to do with it. we are wasting $8 Billion a year on processes that are not transparent, do not work, and waste immense amounts of what could otherwise be productive time. not sure how calling them out on it makes retirees "look bad". thinking analytically and questioning obvious poor practices makes us look good, I think.

Anonymous said...

and just for you:
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 screening that should be the standard for all, but those who served and sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!!

Anonymous said...

Week after week TSA screeners are finding 30, 40, and even 50 guns each week. I'm not cutting any slack for the holders of the weapons but doesn't TSA deserve to be questioned on its complete failure to educate the public?

you have got to be kidding, right? You just have to blame TSA for something dont you? Ever hear the saying, "you cant stop stupid?"

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...

I am NOT a frequent travelers by any means. I traveled by air the very first time in my life 8 years ago at the ripe old age of 32. Do you know what I did before I flew?? I checked the appropriate websites that told me what I could and could not pack in my suitcases and carry-ons! And, believe it or not, I knew BEFORE I even checked the appropriate websites that I could not place any kind of weaponry in my carry-on bag. Alas, common sense is dead! Week after week I read this board and week after week it seems to be the same person or 2 just dishing snipes and barbs at TSA. Here's my bit on it...you think you can do better, it's a government job, go do it yourself!! Posting what they've found first and foremost reminds the public what they can't pack in their baggage and second, it let's us know that they are doing their jobs and removing the prohibited items from passengers baggage. Let us know where you work so we can ask for some kind of transparency there to see if you are doing your job...I bet you wouldn't like it very much. I've now been through the TSA checkpoints at several airports and have found that the people who work them are pleasant and kind. I once brought on a new insulin cooler that the agents were unfamiliar with. The agent asked me to explain it, quickly spoke with a supervisor and called over several agents to look at it so they'd know what it was in the future for other passengers. They trained agents on new items right on the spot...I think that's a nod to the kind of job most TSA agents do everyday.

Anonymous said...

If there are people who don't know you can't bring a gun on a plane, I hate to know what other things they don't know.

I don't see the point of posting how many guns are found each week. The number is fairly consistent. It has to be pretty easy to find guns with a metal detector, body scanner, and x-ray machine. Finding guns is a pretty basic part of the job too. It seems like you should be posting about unusual items that are found that people may not know are prohibited. Concealed items are a good one too since it shows that someone isn't getting their machete through inside the lining of the suitcase.

You could also post about the technology used at the checkpoint. Why does the body scanner alarm on nothing sometimes? My wife's bare wrist alarmed last time she flew. Her bare wrist got patted down. Why does the explosives testing swab alarm on common household items such as soap and lotion? Those would be good posts so people know not to use certain lotions the day they fly.

A. Baum said...

Thank You TSA for keeping the public safe. TSA does not get the recognition that it deserves. I have noticed your crews in the NYC subways at random times.

Kristy G.Scott said...

I can't say anything about the gun but I'm sure to go for the gold watch. It looks good and kind of old type that makes this watch something amazing. Instead of this, the gun with the red butt will be the second choice. Not the first one because it's king of scrap looking handgun.

Anonymous said...

From a previous commenter:

"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?"

Crickets...

Get these scanners out of our airports!

Complain to TSA here: http://www.tsa.gov/content/talk-tsa
Complain to the White House here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/su...s-and-comments
Find your congressman's contact info here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Find your senators' contact info here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

* screenshot taken *

Anonymous said...

>> I have noticed your crews in the NYC subways
>> at random times.

I'd consider swabbing the bags of maybe 100 of the several million daily NY subway riders more a show of make-work than of security, but to each his own.

Anonymous said...

Who is deleting comments on this blog that meet blog policy????

Anonymous said...

More than two clerks were involved in the Denver groping scandal.

RB said...

Anonymous said...More than two clerks were involved in the Denver groping scandal.
May 12, 2015 at 6:59 PM
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Evidence? I would dearly love seeing TSA taken to task for attempted cover up of illegal acts.

Susan Richart said...

"A. Baum said...

Thank You TSA for keeping the public safe. TSA does not get the recognition that it deserves. I have noticed your crews in the NYC subways at random times.

May 11, 2015 at 12:34 PM"

And those "crews" can be completely avoided by going to another subway entrance, which is what any self-respecting terrorist would do. So can you please tell us HOW have these clerks at subway stations serves to keep you safe?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"Who is deleting comments on this blog that meet blog policy????"

West is the culprit.

screenshot

Anonymous said...

Why haven't you approved any comments for this post in seven days?