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!

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bobby, can you please explain to me how TSOs are professionals who respect passengers' privacy when your media folks are doing things like this?

I'll give you a hint: any explanation other than "That was wrong; we are sorry; people will be fired" is conclusive proof that any statement you make about the TSA's professionalism is an OUTRIGHT LIE.

So go on, Bobby. Defend your colleague.

(And, yes, I've verified that this post complies with the rules.)

Mike Toreno said...

This is one post everybody should pay attention to, because unlike almost everything else the TSA looks for, fireworks could actually cause some damage. It's the passenger's responsibility to make sure their bags don't contain fireworks, because the TSA is so busy looking for water, cupcakes, Jimmy Choo perfume bottles, and light sabers, that the chances of fireworks getting through the checkpoint undetected is 95%

Anonymous said...

Do you have any tips about how to transport large sums of cash? I saw this online:

https://twitter.com/TSAmedia_LisaF/status/615866332530278400/photo/1

Also, why is the TSA posting pictures of personal luggage with no weapons or prohibited items in it? Why does the TSA care if someone has a large amount of cash? The TSA is not CBP and even CBP doesn't care about that travelling domestically.

I understand that you have to turn over guns and drugs to the police. Large sums of cash are not illegal to carry. Maybe if the TSA wasn't focused on drugs and cash, they wouldn't fail 95% of their tests.

Anonymous said...

Why is Lisa Farbstein posting pictures of someone's private property that violates no TSA rules? Also, she mentioned the airport, so if a thief wanted more information about a possible target, she gave the location away for this innocent traveler's future travels.

Shame on you, Lisa!

Anonymous said...

The photo that Lisa Farbstein tweeted was taken by a screener and sent or tweeted to her, correct?

What was this screener doing with his or her cell phone taking pictures in a screening area while working? Was this a work cell phone or a personal one? Was this screener taking and tweeting/sending photos to Lisa as a regular part of his or her work duties?

Since you are all part of the TSA's "social media team", I'm sure we'll get answers to these questions, right?

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "The photo that Lisa Farbstein tweeted was taken by a screener and sent or tweeted to her, correct?

What was this screener doing with his or her cell phone taking pictures in a screening area while working? Was this a work cell phone or a personal one? Was this screener taking and tweeting/sending photos to Lisa as a regular part of his or her work duties?

Since you are all part of the TSA's "social media team", I'm sure we'll get answers to these questions, right?"

Most likely the picture was taken by an STSO or a TSM (or maybe even a TSSE or Local LEOs), using a regular camera. That is how most of the pictures sent in to the blog and headquarters are done. We have a camera here at GSO that is used for the same purpose.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "The photo that Lisa Farbstein tweeted was taken by a screener and sent or tweeted to her, correct?

What was this screener doing with his or her cell phone taking pictures in a screening area while working? Was this a work cell phone or a personal one? Was this screener taking and tweeting/sending photos to Lisa as a regular part of his or her work duties?

Since you are all part of the TSA's "social media team", I'm sure we'll get answers to these questions, right?"

Most likely the picture was taken by an STSO or a TSM (or maybe even a TSSE or Local LEOs), using a regular camera. That is how most of the pictures sent in to the blog and headquarters are done. We have a camera here at GSO that is used for the same purpose.

West
TSA Blog Team

July 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM+

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The larger question is why TSA called law enforcement because someone had a bag full of money. Last time I checked cash was not WEI and of no concern to TSA.

Anonymous said...

So you don't know how she got the photo, who took it, and you won't even bother to ask, right, West?

You did not answer my questions.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you even bother trying to find the answer to my questions, West?

Anonymous said...

The larger question is why TSA called law enforcement because someone had a bag full of money. Last time I checked cash was not WEI and of no concern to TSA.

so many experts on the law...yet so wrong. Not to mention no idea of what happened. I also have no idea what happened but I do know that it is illegal to carry more than 10K in cash out of the country. Does anyone know if this was a domestic flight or are you just more concerned with complaining about TSA to think that perhaps there is a logical explanation?
If it was more than 10K on an international flight TSA MUST call law enforcement.
Perhaps you need to check your sources again.

Susan Richart said...

"I also have no idea what happened but I do know that it is illegal to carry more than 10K in cash out of the country. Does anyone know if this was a domestic flight or are you just more concerned with complaining about TSA to think that perhaps there is a logical explanation?
If it was more than 10K on an international flight TSA MUST call law enforcement."

Google is your friend. It was not an international flight; it was a domestic flight.

And no, TSA is not required to call law enforcement for large sums of money on international flights. Large sums of money are NOT the TSA's business. All that is required is for the traveler to have completed the proper form and although the TSA might ask to see those form, you are not required to produce it; however, at that point the screener will get testy and start into their learned routine of intimidation and probably will call law enforcement.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

Anonymous said...The larger question is why TSA called law enforcement because someone had a bag full of money. Last time I checked cash was not WEI and of no concern to TSA. so many experts on the law...
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wrong. Not to mention no idea of what happened. I also have no idea what happened but I do know that it is illegal to carry more than 10K in cash out of the country. Does anyone know if this was a domestic flight or are you just more concerned with complaining about TSA to think that perhaps there is a logical explanation?If it was more than 10K on an international flight TSA MUST call law enforcement. Perhaps you need to check your sources again. July 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM
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You know nothing.

It is not illegal to carry more than $10k cash into or out of the country.

What is required is that the individual must file FINCEN Form 105. FINCEN Form 105 is filed with Customs not TSA so TSA would be acting prematurely by involving police.

And if it's a domestic flight, as was the one being discussed, then it is simply no business of anyones especially TSA's on how much cash a person may have.

Seems to me that TSA should work towards finding more than 5% of WEI as revealed by recent testing instead of worrying about things that do not challenge flight safety.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The larger question is why TSA called law enforcement because someone had a bag full of money. Last time I checked cash was not WEI and of no concern to TSA.

so many experts on the law...yet so wrong.

What, you've got a mirror in your hand? Or are supposed to come down to your level and go nuh-unh.....I'm rubber your glue!

Not to mention no idea of what happened.

The story is out there and pretty clear. The TSA agents flagged the bag for a search, which is appropriate because that is their job. Once the contents were deemed not dangerous the incident should have been done and the passenger on his way.

I also have no idea what happened but I do know that it is illegal to carry more than 10K in cash out of the country.

No, it's not illegal. There is a customs form that has to be completed (Treasury form?) for any amount in excess of $10k, but it is not illegal to carry any amount of cash out of the country.

Does anyone know if this was a domestic flight

It was a domestic flight. It was reported by the TSA Agent who tweeted the event that it was a domestic flight. The TSA is in the wrong on this one. So are you.

or are you just more concerned with complaining about TSA to think that perhaps there is a logical explanation?

The logical explanation is the TSA was wrong. The passenger was breaking no laws yet was detained by TSA then by local law enforcement. A TSA Agent posted inappropriate information to an unauthorized, unofficial communication channel in violation of many of the rules of employment at the TSA.

The TSA was wrong. You are wrong. The TSA needs to be held accountable. TSA Agent Lisa with the twitter account needs to be held accountable. You need to be held accountable by your employer (the TSA, no one works as hard as you do to convince us otherwise unless you really do what you claim you don't).

If it was more than 10K on an international flight TSA MUST call law enforcement.
Perhaps you need to check your sources again.


No, they don't. You need to check your sources again. There is a declaration form for amounts of money over $10k that are entering or leaving the country. TSA simple needs to inspect the form, inspect the luggage, and everyone is done.

Anonymous said...

SSSS for Some Reason said...
A lot of mumbo jumbo.

as I said, I do not know what happened. I like everyone here was not there. The point of my post was to show that there are exceptions to the "carrying more then 10K law." We all know you must fill out a form before LEGALLY leaving the country with more than 10K. I thought that was a given and just understood thus, I didn't put it in my post. Guess I need to be more specific in the future.

I am by no means defending what the TSA officer did. I think it is ridiculous. She should be held accountable for her poor judgment.
I was merely responding pointing out that there are exceptions where large amounts of cash do need to be accounted for. If they aren't, TSA MUST notify law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

A week later and still no response, West? Why?

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO! Check your sources Bold TSApologist.

It is NOT illegal to carry more than $10,000 out of the US. There is a CBP form to fill out. This had NOTHING to do with local law enforcement nor the TSA.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the Bold TSApologist will come back and admit she was wrong on this one?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
Do you think the Bold TSApologist will come back and admit she was wrong on this one?

Ha!

I have a better chance of finally getting that date with Claudia Schiffer!

Anonymous said...

You are still wrong, TSApologist. No matter how much you pretend you meant to exclude mention of the CBP form, we know what really happened. Sad you can't just admit you didn't know it is perfectly legal to carry more than $10,000 across US borders.

Since by your own admittance you don't work for the TSA, there is no way any of us can take you seriously when you insist again and again that the TSA "MUST notify law enforcement."

Prove it. Quote the TSA policy or regulation that requires them to do so.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the Bold TSApologist will come back and admit she was wrong on this one?

Wrong? When I said it was illegal I was assuming it was understood that meant without the proper customs forms. I guess I could have and should have said without proper paperwork it is illegal. So for leaving that out, yes, I was wrong. Feel better?
My point however is still valid and correct. WITHOUT the proper paperwork, it is illegal to carry more than 10K out of the country and if TSA sees it, they are required to contact law enforcement. And I am by no means justifying a TSA officer taking pictures and posting them on line. She should be held to account.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
Do you think the Bold TSApologist will come back and admit she was wrong on this one?

Wrong? When I said it was illegal I was assuming it was understood that meant without the proper customs forms. I guess I could have and should have said without proper paperwork it is illegal. So for leaving that out, yes, I was wrong. Feel better?
My point however is still valid and correct.

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And my point, however, is still valid and correct. You are wrong. Even with your wishy-washy apology, you are still wrong.

It was a domestic flight. It is not illegal in any way to carry however much money you want to while travelling domestically. Cash is not WEI and therefore no business of the TSA in any way. Suitcases full of paper money will trip the x-ray sensor thingies so it is appropriate for you to inspect the bag, but that is it. You don't get to make the call to LEO for any reason because suitcases full of cash are not illegal, not prohibited, not dangerous, and not your business. And it is certainly not appropriate, possibly even illegal, to detain passengers who are doing nothing illegal, call LEO's and seize their cash, and then post about it on a personal twitter account.

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist said, "And I am by no means justifying a TSA officer taking pictures and posting them on line. She should be held to account."

Agreed. The TSA screener and Lisa Farbstein should be held accountable.