|41 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 41 firearms discovered, 38 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry on bag at HOU.|
|Five inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in both carry-on and checked bags. Clockwise from top left, the grenades we discovered at: Gulfport (GPT), Glacier Park (FCA), Las Vegas (LAS), Spokane (GEG) and Guam (GUM).|
|A cane sword was discovered at LaGuardia (LGA).|
|A traveler at Baltimore (BWI) had the following items in his carry-on bag: two smoke bombs, 12 bottle rockets, three paracord cutters, four knives, a hatchet, a folding saw and a credit card knife.|
|Two propane tanks (13.1 and 8 ounce) were discovered this week in separate incidents at San Diego (SAN). Propane is prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.|
|A traveler at Albany (ALB) packed four boating flares in his carry-on bag. Flares are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.|
|A jawbone tomahawk and an inert pineapple grenade were discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). The grenade is also pictured above with other grenades.|
|Fireworks discovered this week in checked bags. L-R - Items discovered at Baltimore (BWI), LaGuardia (LGA) and Omaha (OMA).|
|Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: EWR, BDL, BDL, BOI, JAX, IAH, AZO, SFO, SNA, DEN, JAX, PNS, PHL, PHX, ORD, ORD and OAK.|
|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 above was discovered in a carry-on bag at IAH.|
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: ANC, LAS, IAH, ATL and TYS.|
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: CVG, ATL, SFO, RSW and PDX.|
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.
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