Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TSA Fourth of July Travel Tips: 2015



Lit firecracker.
Most fireworks are meant to fly high in the sky, but never via a commercial aircraft. Fireworks are explosive and incendiary, so in an effort to keep the skies safe, the FAA has prohibited fireworks from being transported in both carry-on and checked bags. TSA enforces this rule.

This is your annual reminder to be sure to leave your fireworks at home and not take them on the plane. This includes fireworks such as aerial repeater fireworks, aerial shell fireworks, firecrackers, flying spinners, chasers, fountains, bottle rockets, ground spinners, parachute fireworks, poppers, snaps, skyrockets, missiles, roman candles, smoke fireworks, snakes, strobes, sparklers, wheels, you name it… 

Remember to check your children’s bags, as they tend to sneak their favorite fireworks into suitcases and backpacks.

Be sure to read our summer travel tips for additional information on camping, IDs, razors, traveling with pets and more. Have a great holiday, and stay safe!

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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Friday, June 26, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 54 Firearms, Swords, Comb Knife, and More



Loaded firearm.
54 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 54 firearms discovered, 46 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. The firearms pictured above was discovered at (LAS). 

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 are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

  • A cane sword was discovered at LaGuardia (LGA).
  • A knife was discovered taped to the pull handle mechanism of a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
  • A comb knife was discovered at Kansas City (MCI).
  • A switchblade was discovered hidden in a shoe inside of a carry-on bag at Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF).


Concelaed knife in baggage, and a comb knife.
L-R - Concealed knife ( MCI), Comb Knife (MCI)
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.

  • Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS) and the others were discovered at Denver (DEN) and Indianapolis (IND).
  • One inert/replica grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Louisville (SDF).


Knives, swords, and throwing stars.
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: LAX, DAL, BUR, DFW, PVD, ORD, RIC and 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.



Stun Guns - 24 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags across the nation. Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Nashville (BNA), two at Orlando (MCO), two at Spokane (GEG), and the remainder were discovered at Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Fayetteville (FAY), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Kansas City (MCI), Lafayette (LFT), New Bern (EWN), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pensacola (PNS), Portland (PDX), Providence (PVD), San Jose (SJC), and 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. This ammo was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at (IAH).
Loaded Firearms
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, MDW, STL, EUG, JAN, and AUS
Loaded Firearms
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: PHX, IND, MSY, MIA, BQK, IAH, and MSY
54 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 54 firearms discovered, 46 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered.
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.

 *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.

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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 48 Loaded Firearms, Million-Volt Stun Cane, Cane Swords and More

Loaded firearm.
53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at (IND).
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Camping stove fuel.
A butane camping tank was detected in a carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF) and a camping stove with white liquid fuel was discovered in a checked bag at University Park (UNV). Camping fuel is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Be sure to read our travel tips post on flying with camping gear.
Fireworks
A variety of fireworks were discovered this week at Baton Rouge (BTR), Charlotte (CLT), San Francisco (SFO) and Orlando Sanford (SFB). With Independence Day around the corner, please make a mental note that all fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
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 are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

Disassembled .22 caliber firearm
This concealed disassembled .22 caliber firearm was discovered at Daytona Beach (DAB).
  • A concealed disassembled .22 caliber firearm was discovered at Daytona Beach (DAB). The frame of the gun was concealed in saw blades and the cylinder was mixed in with socket wrenches in a checked bag. The grip and firing pin were discovered in the carry-on bag inside a shaving kit.
  • A small pocketknife was discovered taped to the end of a disposable razor at Arcata-Eureka (ACV).
  • Pepper spray was found concealed in a feminine hygiene product at Baltimore (BWI).
  • Two cane swords were discovered this week at Baltimore (BWI) and San Francisco (SFO).
  • A concealed knife was discovered in a hollowed bottom of a laptop bag at Phoenix-Mesa (IWA).
  • A million-volt stun cane was discovered at Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
Million-volt stun cane.
Million-volt stun cane. (FLL)
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.
  • Four inert/novelty grenades were discovered this week. Two were in carry-on bags at Seattle (SEA) and Las Vegas (LAS). The other two were discovered in checked baggage at Aguadilla (BQN) and Cleveland (CLE).


Inert grenades.
Inert grenades discovered at (L-R) (BQN), and (LAS).
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.

Knives and throwing stars.
(Left - Right, Top - Bottom) Items discovered at: SWA, HNL, PHX, IAH, SJC, LAS, AEX, DTW, DAL, ANC, LAS, EWR, RIC, and IAH.
Ammunition
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. The ammo pictured was discovered at (IAH).
Stun Guns - 21 Stun Guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Four were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at New York Kennedy (JFK) and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), LaGuardia (LGA), Lubbock (LBB), Minneapolis (MSP), Oklahoma City (OKC), Palm Beach (PBI), Reno (RNO), Sacramento (SMF), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA) and St. Louis (STL). 

 
Loaded firearms.
(Left - Right, Top - Bottom) firearms discovered at: RSW, PDX, DAL, MIA, ATL, RSW, CLT, FSD, PHX, EWR, MDW, and FWA.


53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.
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.


*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.

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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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

Friday, June 12, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 56 Firearms, Swords, Inert Grenades, Fireworks and More

56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.The firearm pictured above was discovered at HOU.
Three swords
Three swords were discovered in carry-on bags this week. (Top to Bottom )An 18-inch sword was discovered at Detroit (DTW), a fencing sword was discovered at Washington Dulles (IAD), and a 13-inch sword was discovered at Charleston (CHS).
Fireworks
Fireworks were discovered in an unattended checked bag at Orlando (MCO). With Independence Day around the corner, please make a mental note that all fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
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.

  • Five grenades were discovered this week. Four in carry-on bags at Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Mobile (MOB), and Norfolk (ORF), and one in a checked bag at Newbern (EWN).

Clockwise from top left, these inert/replica grenades were discovered at EWN, ORF, MCO, DEN, and BWI.
Clockwise from top left, these inert/replica grenades were discovered at EWN, ORF, MCO, DEN, and BWI.
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 are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

  • 5-6 pounds of heroin was discovered concealed underneath the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX). 
 
Knives & Throwing Star
Counterclockwise from top, these items were discovered at SLC, BWI, ORD, ORD, MEM, JAN, MDW, BOI, and BUR

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. 

Compound Bow (LAS), Silencers (MCO)
Compound Bow (LAS), Silencers (MCO)



Stun Guns - 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Five were discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Atlanta (ATL), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Portland (PDX), and the remainder were discovered at Denver (DEN), Eugene (EUG), Kansas City (MCI), Minneapolis (MSP), New Orleans (MSY), Oakland (OAK), Orlando (MCO), and Richmond (RIC).

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.
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Counterclockwise from top, firearms discovered at HOU, ATL, RNO, DAL, TRI, and PHX








Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at BNA, MDW, SDF, ATL, GSP, and PHX
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at STL, LBB, DAL, and BUR
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.
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.


*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. 

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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram! 

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team
 

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

TSA Week in Review: Firearms Concealed in Amplifiers, Propane, and More


Firearm and ammunition.
49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 42 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at BNA. 

Propane Tank
This 16-ounce canister of propane fuel was detected in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN). Propane is prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags due to its propensity to explode.

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 are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

An Orlando (MCO) traveler concealed two handguns, one unassembled rifle, and an unidentified amount of ammunition inside three amplifiers in a checked bag.
An Orlando (MCO) traveler concealed two handguns, one unassembled rifle, and an unidentified amount of ammunition inside three amplifiers in a checked bag.
Belt Buckle Knife
This belt buckle knife was discovered at Philadelphia (PHL).
A pocketknife was discovered in a traveler’s shoe at San Juan (SJU).
This pocketknife was discovered in a traveler’s shoe at San Juan (SJU).
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 40 mm grenades were discovered in a carry-on bag at Birmingham (BHM).
  • An inert grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).


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.

Knives and throwing stars.
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: GSO, BWI, ORD, ORD, STL, SJC, IAH, PHX, SLC, LAS, and SLC
Stun Guns - 25 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two more at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Birmingham (BHM), Borinquen (BQN), Buffalo (BUF), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas-Love (DAL), Gunnison (GUC), Jacksonville (OAJ), Nashville (BNA), Pensacola (PNS), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Richmond (RIC), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Diego (SAN), Springfield (SGF), and St. Thomas (STT).
 
Ammunition
Ammunition discovered in carry-on bag at AUS.
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.

Firearms
Firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week. See below for complete list.
49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 42 were loaded and 11 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 @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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