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).
Rolling stone banner.
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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.

 

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38 comments:

RB said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/evan-bernick/supreme-court-to-governme_b_7615404.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Supreme Court to Government: No, 'Good Intentions' Don't Give You License to Censor Speech

I would suggest the TSA Blog team reconsider its blatant and illegal censorship of readers comments

Reed v Town of Gilbert, Arizona

SSSS for Some Reason said...

First, you are recycling your pictures of guns again. We the traveling public and frequent contributors to this blog's comment section notice that kind of thing.

Second, "...Four inert/novelty grenades were discovered this week."

Inter slash Novelty grenades. Yes, you should inspect them because that is appropriate and it is your job. However.... once discovered to be a novelty item why do you voluntarily surrender it from the traveller? And why do you brag about it here on your weekly blotter post?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your great work!

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 notice that this weeks Back Slapper says it was posted at 3:00PM when in actuallity the weekly missive appeared several hours later that evening.

Isn't it a shame that the honesty and integrity of these TSA employees has dropped so low that they can't even be honest with the time on these blog postings.

Anonymous said...

Went through Lambert St Louis and La Guardia last week. First, the scanners were not slow, especially if you are capable of following directions. My kids hadn't flown in several years but were still able to get through them quickly with no problems. I'm not sure what some of you are doing to think they are slow. Second, all of your personnel were smiling and very courteous to me and my family. Maybe it's the retired military ID, but I tend to think its because the are extremely courteous to those that greet them with respect. Thank you all for the job you do and the vast majority of us are very supportive despite the language from some of the frequent commenters.

Anonymous said...

Let's put this week's statistics in perspective. The TSA screened some 15 million passengers, and found 48 loaded firearms and a correspondingly minuscule number of other prohibited items. In light of recent GAO testing, that means the TSA failed to detect at least 855 loaded firearms, along with a corresponding number of other prohibited items. Even so, no terrorist incidents or threats to aviation were reported.

As always, the detected items the TSA's propagandists so proudly display could have been found with the metal detectors, x-ray scanners, and procedures that existed before the TSA. (Out of respect for the TSA, I'll ignore the reality that the reactive object-based approach to airport screening has not significantly changed since the TSA "enhanced" it. You're welcome.)

Again in light of the indefensibly dismal findings of recent GAO testing (which Blogger Bob and company have apparently decided to ignore, in the hope that it will go away), I don't see how these Week In Review posts do anything to convince taxpaying travelers of the TSA's value. There's nothing here to suggest that we're getting anything useful for the $7 billion spent on nude scanners, prison-style pat downs, scientifically worthless BDOs, the War on Liquids, and all the other "pain points" that waste millions of people's hours each week, but have never been demonstrated to provide any real security.

Still, even if these weekly posts only offer statistical evidence that the real threat to aviation is minuscule, it does show that the TSA are Doing Something. And that, I suppose, is enough to justify every dollar and every hassle. If that's the case, then Great Job, TSA!

Anonymous said...

ROTFLMAO! Bob, your hyperbole is hilarious.

ZOMG! A MILLION VOLT stun cane?

How many amps, Bob? Let's talk about the actual amps this MILLION VOLT stun cane produce.

Cuz that's what will harm you. Amps.

Anonymous said...

WOW! You people need to truly get a life. Do you REALLY need to question WHY an inert grenade is not allowed on a plane? REALLY? What is to stop this person from claiming this is a really grenade that was smuggled on and hijacking the plane. Everyone here questioning what TSA does will be the first persons accusing TSA for not doing enough when something catastrophic happens again. And it will happen again! As for Anonymous Naked Body Scan guy--You can not wait until Sunday night when these blog is posted so you can cut and paste your same body scanning comments...right? I personally would rather go though a battery of inspections before flying than to just open the gate and hope for the best. No one is perfect people, but they are trying.

Anonymous said...

they are not naked body scanners! If your going to post the same thing ever week please get your facts straight.

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 sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!! it's pretty clear that TSA doesn't understand risk assessment or risk-based anything, much less security.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
WOW! You people need to truly get a life. Do you REALLY need to question WHY an inert grenade is not allowed on a plane? REALLY? What is to stop this person from claiming this is a really grenade that was smuggled on and hijacking the plane


Because, if the TSA was actually, you know, competent, then everyone would know that it was not a real grenade because the TSA would have stopped it.

Anonymous said...

" I'm not sure what some of you are doing to think they are slow. "

Pretty sure we're using the naked body scanners, which are much slower than the fast and more effective walk-through metal detectors.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Anonymous said...
WOW! You people need to truly get a life. Do you REALLY need to question WHY an inert grenade is not allowed on a plane? REALLY? What is to stop this person from claiming this is a really grenade that was smuggled on and hijacking the plane"

Why would the passengers think the grenade was real? If the TSA inspected it and allowed it through then it must be inert or a novelty item.

Or are you admitting that people don't think the TSA is doing their job that someone could get a live grenade through security and hijack a plane with it?

Anonymous said...

"As for Anonymous Naked Body Scan guy--You can not wait until Sunday night when these blog is posted so you can cut and paste your same body scanning comments...right?"

Why does the question bother you more than Curtis Burns' and West Cooper's refusal to even admit it exists?

RB said...

Looks like Admiral Neffenger has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next Administrator of TSA.

Let us hope this guy can clean up the thieves and other undesirables infesting TSA.

Chris Boyce said...

"RB said...

Looks like Admiral Neffenger has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next Administrator of TSA.

Let us hope this guy can clean up the thieves and other undesirables infesting TSA.

June 24, 2015 at 12:18 AM"

Face it, he's nothing more than a caretaker. He's only going to be around for 18 months, max, until the administration changes, unless, of course, Hillary keeps him on the job. All of the career TSA SESers will simply ride him out.

Steve Scottsdale said...

Changing the subject, I volunteer at PHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor) and & have TSA Pre-Check.

However, in Terminal 4, B Concourse there is no TSA Pre-Check in ther afternoons.

Now c'mon folks, I paid $100 each for my wife & I for Pre-Check & Global Entry for 5 years. How can you possibly justify charging us for a service you're not providing???

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Steve Scottsdale said...Now c'mon folks, I paid $100 each for my wife & I for Pre-Check & Global Entry for 5 years. How can you possibly justify charging us for a service you're not providing???

Actually it's the other way around.... why would you pay for a service that should be free? Why should you pay for a level of service that was the standard before the TSA took over?

Anonymous said...

I notice that this weeks Back Slapper says it was posted at 3:00PM when in actuallity the weekly missive appeared several hours later that evening.

Isn't it a shame that the honesty and integrity of these TSA employees has dropped so low that they can't even be honest with the time on these blog postings.

Really? This concerns you?

Anonymous said...

However.... once discovered to be a novelty item why do PASSENGERS voluntarily surrender it ? And why do you brag about it here on your weekly blotter post?
wow...
Replica items are not allowed to fly. At 38,000 feet, even a replica or in this case an inert item will cause mass panic on a plane and teh flight crew, passengers (even you) as well as the pilot will do exactly what the owner of the "inert" items says. Come on, you allready knew that, why did you ask?

Anonymous said...

Now c'mon folks, I paid $100 each for my wife & I for Pre-Check & Global Entry for 5 years. How can you possibly justify charging us for a service you're not providing???

not all airlines participate in the precheck program. TSA can only provide backgrounfd info to the airlines. If they choose to not participate in the precheck program, you would need to talk to them.

Anonymous said...

Why would the passengers think the grenade was real? If the TSA inspected it and allowed it through then it must be inert or a novelty item.

Or are you admitting that people don't think the TSA is doing their job that someone could get a live grenade through security and hijack a plane with it?

ohh..verbal trickery at work here. You have got to do better than that if you want to be taken serious.

Anonymous said...

Why does the question bother you more than Curtis Burns' and West Cooper's refusal to even admit it exists?

i guess a hundred or more time this has been addressed isnt enough for you?
Lets see, you dont like the answers you have been given before on numerous occasions.
How about I give you the answer you want.

NAKED body scanners are used so the can capture nude pictures of unsuspecting people. They then save them on the hard drive and down load them later. The pictures are then sold to internet companies all over the world after being looked at by all officers.

My answer does not represent the views of any logical person, company or organization.


Now, will you stop asking?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
However.... once discovered to be a novelty item why do PASSENGERS voluntarily surrender it ? And why do you brag about it here on your weekly blotter post?
wow...
Replica items are not allowed to fly. At 38,000 feet, even a replica or in this case an inert item will cause mass panic on a plane and teh flight crew,

That assumes that the passengers don't trust the TSA to do their job. The passengers would have to first think that you could even get past the TSA with a live grenade, meaning passengers don't believe the TSA can keep those kinds of items out of the cabin.

In other words.... the mass panic on an aircraft from a replica item represents a greater failure of the TSA. It represents that We the People merely tolerate the TSA and their shenanigans and don't think them in any way effective.

Anonymous said...

> My answer does not represent the views of any logical person, company or organization.

Sure? This blog doesn't give me very much confidence about that.

Anonymous said...

Really? This concerns you?

June 29, 2015 at 11:36 AM
______________________________
Honesty concerns me, something that seems to be missing across TSA.

Susan Richart said...

"Replica items are not allowed to fly. At 38,000 feet, even a replica or in this case an inert item will cause mass panic on a plane and teh flight crew, passengers (even you) as well as the pilot will do exactly what the owner of the "inert" items says. Come on, you allready knew that, why did you ask?"

No, it will cause "panic" only among those who have been seduced into being afraid of their own shadows. Other passengers, and I would venture that you would NOT be among them, would handle the situation very well, thank you.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Steve Scottsdale said...

Someone wrote:
"Actually it's the other way around.... why would you pay for a service that should be free?"

My response: For the same reason I pay to check bags & get extra legroom. It used to be free but it ain't anymore. If you want to stand in the long lines, that's your privilege.

As for my complaint about no TSA Pre-Check in the afternoons at Concourse B, someone tried the excuse "not all airlines participate in the precheck program. ".

Well, all airlines at PHX, Teminal 4 participate, including America/US Airways who have the most gates at this concourse.

The lack of Pre-Check is entirely on TSA.

So c'mon Bob...why no Pre-Check???

Anonymous said...

My answer does not represent the views of any logical person, company or organization.


Now, will you stop asking?

--

You're right. Your "answer" is devoid of logic. It also doesn't address the question.

Anonymous said...

"i guess a hundred or more time this has been addressed isnt enough for you?"

In fact, neither Curtis Burns nor West Cooper nor anyone else from TSA has ever answered these perfectly legitimate questions or even acknowledged that they're being asked. It's almost like the false positive rate for the naked body scanners is about 100%!

Anonymous said...

West, why did you delete my post? It met blog comment policy.

Anonymous said...

The TSA blog team wastes even more tax dollars spouting off about how one of their social media accounts got mentioned in a magazine (after spamming Twitter), but previous comments about this waste of tax dollars are deleted by the blog team here.

Will this one make it through? Do I have to ask this question to actually have this comment make it through the TSA blog team censors?

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

Any reply regarding policy or procedure by Bold TSApologist can be dismissed as having any inside TSA knowledge because she has stated more than once on this blog that she is not a TSA employee and doesn't know anyone on the blog team.

This comment conforms with blog comment policy.

Anonymous said...

The lack of Pre-Check is entirely on TSA.

So c'mon Bob...why no Pre-Check???

have you asked them? Why would you ask here? Next time you are at PHX, ask TSA why they close precheck. Maybe its a staffing issue, maybe its a flight load issue. I know at my local airport, they have multiple terminals that have precheck. One of them closes precheck early because they don't have enough flight load to justify the staffing to keep it open. An unfortunate side effect of the budget and staffing cuts is closed lanes.

Just ask them. They would probably know the answer.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...
The lack of Pre-Check is entirely on TSA.

An unfortunate side effect of the budget and staffing cuts is closed lanes.

So the security of American Air Travel is at risk because of budget and staffing issues? I though the TSA had a layer cake approach to protecting the airways but you want us to beleive that it all boils down to eight billion dollars a year not being enough to keep a security lane open?

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist said with no internal TSA knowledge, "An unfortunate side effect of the budget and staffing cuts is closed lanes."

That could possibly be true if this was a different government department, but this is the TSA. They are hopelessly overstaffed at every screening area I've seen these past thirteen years.

Anonymous said...

Steve Scottsdale said...
Someone wrote:
"Actually it's the other way around.... why would you pay for a service that should be free?"

My response: For the same reason I pay to check bags & get extra legroom. It used to be free but it ain't anymore. If you want to stand in the long lines, that's your privilege.

June 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM
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airlines can charge what they want. that's economics. supply & demand at work. TSA is your tax dollars at work, not subject to principles of economics, but rather bureaucratic whim (mission requirements might drive it in some agencies, but that is clearly not the case with TSA). if your tax dollars are supporting this security theatre (to the tune of $8 Billion/year), why in the world are you ok with paying more to only reduce the insanity a bit??? that's crazy.