Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this report is being posted on Thursday vs. Friday and only reflects the last six days (6/26 - 7/1).
|37 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 37 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at (BNA).|
|This live M18 smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Madison (MSN).|
- Seven inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked baggage at Albuquerque (ABQ), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Houston (IAH), Little Rock (LIT), Kansas City (MCI), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and Salt lake City (SLC). The inert grenade at MCI resulted in a 23 minute evacuation of the checked baggage area as well as Terminal B.
|L-R: Inert/Replica Grenades Discovered At (IAH), (ORD), and (LIT).|
- A belt buckle knife was discovered at Rapid City (RAP).
- A knife was discovered inside of a book and under the lining of a carry-on bag at Minot (MOT).
|Belt Buckle Knife Discovered At (RAP).|
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.
|Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: DAL, HNL, BOI, BWI, LGA, BDL, and SNA|
|These are all fireworks that were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked bags. Clockwise from the top left photo, the fireworks were discovered at: HNL, BWI, CLE, and MQT|
|This camping fuel was discovered in a checked bag at (PDX).|
Stun Guns - 24 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints around the nation. Three were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Jacksonville (JAX), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Austin (AUS), Burbank (BUR), Charleston (CHS), Dallas Fort/Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), Minneapolis (MSP), Monroe (MLU), New Orleans (MSY), Newark (EWR), Oakland (OAK), Pensacola (PNS), Phoenix (PHX), Seattle (SEA), Spokane (GEG), and St. Louis (STL).
|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 carry-on bag at (MEM).|
|Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: CLE, STL, PIT, ATL, and HOU|
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.
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