Friday, May 15, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, Live Smoke Grenades, Bear Mace and More

57 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 57 firearms, 49 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered.
57 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 57 firearms, 49 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered. 
750 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition and two military smoke grenades were discovered in a checked-bag at Tucson (TUS).
750 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition and two military smoke grenades were discovered in a checked-bag at Tucson (TUS).
Bear mace.
A container of bear spray was detected in a carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC). Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellents exceed these limitations.
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.
  • A replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ).
  • An inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Seattle (SEA).
Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered at PHX, MDW, SFO, IAD, LAS, LAS, SAN, PNS, and PBI.
Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered at PHX, MDW, SFO, IAD, LAS, LAS, SAN, PNS, and PBI.
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.

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 22 caliber starter pistol was discovered under the zipper lining and tucked above the wheels of a carry-on bag.
  • A sword cane was discovered in divested property at Appleton (ATW).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK). 

Belt Buckle Knife - Oakland (OAK)
Belt Buckle Knife - Oakland (OAK)
Key Chain Stun Gun - BWI
Key Chain Stun Gun - BWI
Stun Guns - 13 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Baltimore (BWI), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Durango (DRO), Honolulu (HNL), Jacksonville (JAX), Las Vegas (LAS), Ontario (ONT), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO), and San Juan (SJU).

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 GRR, DAL, MDW, LAS, RDU, SMF, and SMF.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at GRR, DAL, MDW, LAS, RDU, SMF, and SMF.

57 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 57 firearms, 49 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.

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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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the biggest problem is that if YOU are caught with a weapon, YOU go directly to jail.....When some Jack#$% cop is caught, he is released because "it must be a mistake" and He/She is NOT arrest like the rest of the population.

RB said...

I recently transited DFW TSA security. I alarmed the MMW and the screener made a move to pat down a limited area but without any advisement. Is it now TSA SOP to do focused pat downs without stating what is going on which would make it impossible for the psssenger to ask the screener to use clean gloves.

Anonymous said...

The TSA had failed again. I'm not running in the streets, screaming in fear for the TSA to save me from all of the non-existent, scary terrorists lurking at airports, sports stadiums, train stations, subway stops, etc.

Since you are only running the @TSA Twitter account now, after closing the @TSABlogTeam account, you should have more time to put together a real blog post, instead of this fear blotter drivel. I mean, look at how many hours you aren't spamming Twitter with multiple accounts!

Or are you continuing to waste taxpayer money playing on and promoting this lame blog and your Instagram account, Bob? Are you writing your own accolades for e-zine and feel-good government "awards"?

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?

RifleScopes said...

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,although TSA may at times hiccup during the processes to protect American freedoms and passage of enterprise- we-the Officers on the front line are dedicated and rely upon the unequivical support of yourself, Congress and the American people.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...750 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition ...were discovered in a checked-bag at Tucson "

And? I thought we were required to carry ammunition in checked baggage so why is this reported as a find?

Susan Richart said...

RB wrote:

"....screener made a move to pat down a limited area but without any advisement."

Touching you without advance warning, RB, would be an assault worthy of a complaint with the PD and the DHS OIG.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"...A sword cane was discovered in divested property at Appleton (ATW)"

You search through the lost luggage?

Anonymous said...

West Cooper - why are you delaying and deleting comments by American citizens on this government website when these comments meet blog policy?

Are you deciding to delay or delete these comments, or is someonr else making that decision?

If it is someone else, what is his or her name and job title?

Anonymous said...

The TSA mascot, according to John Oliver, is a spiny hedgehog that confiscates shampoo.

ROTF! TSA is such a joke.

Anonymous said...

The TSA cannot be trusted to approve comments from American taxpayers that meet blog policy.

Curtis Burns, Lynn Dean, West Cooper, and heretofore unnamed TSA supervisors are violating the First Amendnent rights of American citizens on this gocernment website.

*screenshot*

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!!

Anonymous said...

OMG the Humanity! Veterans have to take their SHOES OFF!

Snowden. Aldrich Ames.

Remember those names.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...OMG the Humanity! Veterans have to take their SHOES OFF!Snowden. Aldrich Ames.Remember those names.May 18, 2015 at 10:25 PM
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Neither are RETIRED MILITARY. Not to sure either are veterans.

No one has suggested that all veterans be given Pre Check.

Look at how many TSA screeners are prior military and the excessive criminality of TSA screeners. Actually brings a question to why TSA employees are gifted with Pre Check. Seems good odds that any given screener is involved in some form of criminal act.

BlueFalcon said...

You know what he's saying dude!

Anonymous said...

"...A sword cane was discovered in divested property at Appleton (ATW)"

You search through the lost luggage?

where does anyone or anything say TSA searches lost luggage? Or do you just make stuff up like so many of the hate crowd?

Anonymous said...

OMG the Humanity! Veterans have to take their SHOES OFF!

Snowden. Aldrich Ames.

Remember those names.

Shhhh...people that post here are experts in security and terrorism. The know better than anyone that there isnt a threat anymore since the creation of hardened doors. Seems hardened doors where the key to it all. There is no other way to take down an aircraft ya know...
( you did see my sarcasm right?)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"...A sword cane was discovered in divested property at Appleton (ATW)"

You search through the lost luggage?

where does anyone or anything say TSA searches lost luggage? Or do you just make stuff up like so many of the hate crowd?

Read it again Bold Posting Intern..... 'Divested Property.' Or in human speak, Lost Luggage.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Bold Posting Anonymous said...
The know better than anyone that there isnt a threat anymore since the creation of hardened doors. Seems hardened doors where the key to it all. There is no other way to take down an aircraft ya know..

Well it would seem that hardened cockpit doors are at least as effective as the TSA since there hasn't been any terrorist activity since they were installed.

Anonymous said...

Divested Property doesn't mean lost luggage though... Please don't comment about stuff you don't understand at all.

GSOLTSO said...

Just a comment and definition add in here - "Divested Property" refers to things that passengers (and others transitting the checkpoint area) remove from their person and place into the X-Ray. So, technically, "Divested Property could apply to "Lost Luggage", but only if it was lost in the checkpoint area while going through (which actually happens much more often than you would think). Much more frequently, "Divested Property" refers to things like carry-on bags, items in pockets, laptops, large electronic devices and the like.

West
TSA Blog Team

TSORon said...

Anonymous said...
[[And the biggest problem is that if YOU are caught with a weapon, YOU go directly to jail.....When some Jack#$% cop is caught, he is released because "it must be a mistake" and He/She is NOT arrest like the rest of the population.]]

While I cannot argue with your statement about a LEO being found with a firearm in the screening process (it happens more often than you might think), I can say without doubt that what happens to a civilian varies from airport to airport, state to state. Each week a number of civilians walk away from checkpoints (in both directions) after TSA has found a firearm. There are also those that are arrested for breaking the law. In either of those cases, TSA does not make the decision, that is entirely up to the law enforcement officer and his/her agency. Even some LEO’s have gotten arrested for doing this, it’s rare but it does indeed happen. As has been stated here many times (ad nauseam), once the LEO’s have been called it is their situation, not TSA’s.

TSORon said...

Anonymous said…
[[where does anyone or anything say TSA searches lost luggage? Or do you just make stuff up like so many of the hate crowd?]]

It looked more to me lime the OP did not understand the meaning of the term “divested property”.

OP: “divested property” means property placed on the x-ray belt for screening by TSA in this context.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
OMG the Humanity! Veterans have to take their SHOES OFF!

Snowden. Aldrich Ames.

Remember those names.

May 18, 2015 at 10:25 PM


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Wait, are you actually comparing national hero Edward Snowden to a spy like Aldrich Ames? Are you that supportive of state power that any knowledge by the people of the secret workings of government, workings that violate the Constitution, is akin to treason?

Anonymous said...


TSA: Old Wine in a New Bottle - 95% Failure Not …
www.alpf.org/uncategorized/tsa-old-wine-in-a-new-bottle
By Brian Sullivan, Lt Col, USA (Ret.) On the TSA: In April 2001, Deborah Sherman, a reporter for FOX-25 news Boston, contacted me about doing a story on security at ...

Anonymous said...

TSA has a 95% failure rate and insiders with access who smuggle weapons on planes...

Delta Worker Accused of Smuggling Guns on Planes
NBC Chicago · 6 hours ago
NBC News reported. Eugene Harvey, a ramp agent, allegedly shuttled the firearms into the airport — avoiding detection since airport workers don't go through…

Baggage Handler Arrested in Atlanta-NYC Gun Smuggling Plot
NBC Philadelphia · 12 hours ago
Ring Smuggling Guns on Planes Was 'Devastating' Security Breach
NBC News · 1 hour ago

Six people, including current and former Delta baggage handlers, have been arrested as part of a ring smuggling guns and ammunition on planes from Atlanta to New York, in an investigation that revealed a "devastating breach of security," officials said Tuesday.
Four men in the group were charged in two separate indictments for allegedly conspiring to sell 153 firearms that were mostly bought in Georgia and destined for the streets of Brooklyn, from May to December 2014, the King's County District Attorney's office said in a statement.
One of the men in the group was employed as a Delta bag handler who smuggled weapons — some loaded —into the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, where he handed them off to an accomplice, Mark Quentin Henry, who flew to New York, federal law enforcement officials said.
The bag handler, Eugene Harvey, 31, didn't have to go through TSA screening as an airport worker - facilitating his smuggling in the weapons. Harvey was arrested in Georgia and charged with "entering an airport area in violation of security requirements."
Henry and Harvey did the gun exchange at the airport 17 times, the district attorney's office said.
Henry used to work as a baggage handler Delta as well but was terminated in December 2010 for abusing the "Buddy Pass" system, according to a federal affidavit.
"In this age of terrorism, it is simply unthinkable that anyone would breach the security of our nation's airports to smuggle guns and ammunition, including assault weapons, on commercial airliners and jeopardize countless lives all to make money," King's County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said in a statement. "To make matters worse, these guns were intended to hit the streets of Brooklyn, where they could have been used to shoot and kill our residents and police officers."