Friday, August 21, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 51 Firearms and More


51 Firearms Discovered

51 Firearms Discovered This Week– of the 51 firearms discovered, 39 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered at LBE.

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 inert/replica grenades were discovered in checked bags this week. Four were discovered in one bag at Albuquerque (ABQ), and the other was discovered at Glacier Park (FCA).
  • Five inert/replica grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Denver (DEN), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Seattle (SEA), Spokane (GEG), and Orange County (SNA).




Inert grenades discovered at ABQ, SEA, FCA, SNA and GEG
Left - Right - Inert grenades discovered at ABQ, SEA, FCA, SNA and GEG

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that is 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 is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers.



Left: A concealed knife was discovered in the battery compartment of a flashlight at Phoenix (PHX). Right:

A sword cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Pittsburgh (PIT).


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.



A flare gun, seven flares, a surgical razor, two pocket knives, two flex-finger saws, two rounds of .357 ammunition and three rounds of .38 caliber ammunition
A flare gun, seven flares, a surgical razor, two pocket knives, two flex-finger saws, two rounds of .357 ammunition and three rounds of .38 caliber ammunition were discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).


Stun Guns - 29 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Four were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), three at San Francisco (SFO), two at Chicago O'Hare (ORD), two at Denver (DEN), two at Jackson (JAN), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Columbia (CAE), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Idaho Falls (IDA), Indianapolis (IND), Kansas City (MCI), Las Vegas (LAS), Little Rock (LIT), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA), Norfolk (ORF), Pensacola (PNS), Portland (PDX), and San Juan (SJU).  

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 box of 25 shotgun shells pictured was discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (IAH).
Firearms
Clockwise from the top left, these firearms were discovered at: BIL, YNG, RSW, PHL, BNA and SDF

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list
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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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28 comments:

Joanne Weiss said...

You know, people who complain that TSA holds up the whole process of flying should all be made to see this list as they go through the check through lines! Most people don't really think of all the horror you prevent from happening. They don't give it a second thought…They don't give it a FIRST THOUGHT…. They just see inconvenience… EVERYONE SHOULD THANK EVERY SINGLE TSA PERSONNEL they come in contact with… ( I DO!) THEY ARE SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY DAY.. They are saving THEIR LIVES…. Thank YOU for do that very important work.

Susan Richart said...

Why an entire page for one week's report? Are you trying to move older posts along faster so that the public will forget about them?

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SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Left - Right - Inert grenades discovered at "

No.

Left to right are some plastic toys, a paper weight, and two inert and/or training grenades.

Plastic toys are not inert weapons no matter how much the Bold-Posting-Intern posts to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

The TSA can no longer say it has no part in who is on a no-fly list. The TSA screeners are following the orders of the ultimate arbiter, "the decider," of who goes on the list: the TSA Director.

American citizens should rightly ask if the current TSA Diector is qualified to make such a decision.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/10/us-no-fly-list-predictive-assessments

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?

RB said...

 Anonymous said...The TSA can no longer say it has no part in who is on a no-fly list. The TSA screeners are following the orders of the ultimate arbiter, "the decider," of who goes on the list: the TSA Director.American citizens should rightly ask if the current TSA Diector is qualified to make such a decision.http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/10/us-no-fly-list-predictive-assessmentsAugust 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM

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The concept of a "No Fly List" that restricts the movement of United States citizen without the benefit of "Due Process" is an abomination under the ideals and laws of the United States.

More evidence of the criminal nature of the TSA.

Anonymous said...

Joanne Weiss said...
You know, people who complain that TSA holds up the whole process of flying should all be made to see this list as they go through the check through lines! Most people don't really think of all the horror you prevent from happening. They don't give it a second thought…They don't give it a FIRST THOUGHT…. They just see inconvenience… EVERYONE SHOULD THANK EVERY SINGLE TSA PERSONNEL they come in contact with… ( I DO!) THEY ARE SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY DAY.. They are saving THEIR LIVES…. Thank YOU for do that very important work.

August 22, 2015 at 5:23 AM
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one problem, Joanne. they miss about 19 items for every one they find, so nearly 20 times as much makes it onto planes as you see here. no planes falling out of the sky. no lives lost or even threatened. no lives "saved". significant time wasted (that otherwise might have been productive). $8 Billion spent to "achieve" this. we don't "just see incovenience"; we see a poorly run security theatre setup that is not achieving its goal. and we're not convinced its goal is correct, as they fail daily and no attacks occur. cockpit doors have been reinforced, and both aircrew and passengers know that they cannot submit meekly to what we now know is certain death. TSA needs to go away and stop wasting all that money on their security theatre.

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...

West, what days do you approve comments on this blog?

Sunday mornings and what, Tuesday? Wednesday? Morning or afternoon?

Anonymous said...

"...Left - Right - Inert grenades discovered at "

No.

Left to right are some plastic toys, a paper weight, and two inert and/or training grenades.

Plastic toys are not inert weapons no matter how much the Bold-Posting-Intern posts to the contrary.

can you tell by looking at them if they are live or inert? Be honest...I cant either. why would you assume someone on a poorly lighted plane would be? you just cannot be so far down the common sense ladder to believe allowing these things on a plane is a good idea.

RB said...

Is West the only TSA Blogger that is posting readers comments?

Anonymous said...

RE: Blog thread of 7/31/15 and comments about flight numbers by Susan and West.

West still has not acknowledged that he was mistaken in his belief that only military flights have numbers in the single digits. So typical TSA - never admit you are wrong.

By not admitting his belief was in error, West is propagating the perception of the TSA's arrogance.

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RB said...

I find it amazing that the TSA Blog is so concerned with travelers experience with TSA that there is not one link or way to submit a complaint about a checkpoint incident or other issue to DHS/TSA here.

Does anyone still think TSA gives one wit about travelers needs?

Good job TSA Blog Team on supporting the public¿

Anonymous said...

TSA blotter team: why are you hiding previous posts from the front page?

RB said...

It's now 18:28 8/26/15 and no comments posted since the last comment dated 10:28 AM 08/23/15.

This is an example of how TSA spends over $8,000,000,000.00 of our tax dollars each year.

If this is a showing of how poorly TSA operates is it any wonder why our airports are so fouled up by TSA and its employees?

Anonymous said...

Nothing's been approved since the morning of Aug 23. How many more days will American citizens have to wait for this government website to approve comments?

Waiting for more TSA cheerleaders, West?

Anonymous said...

"SSSS for Some Reason said...
Left to right are some plastic toys, a paper weight, and two inert and/or training grenades.
Plastic toys are not inert weapons no matter how much the Bold-Posting-Intern posts to the contrary."

You do realize that kids have been shot by police for carrying toy guns, the same chaos can be said about toy hand grenades. Why on earth would you need a toy hand grenade on an aircraft?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Joanne Weiss said... Most people don't really think of all the horror you prevent from happening.

Actually, some of us do. We wonder at why there aren't more horrors given the proven ineptitude of the TSA. Even their own internal testing shows a near 9 in 10 failure rate to perform the most basic task the TSA has taken on. Even if you take into account the Bold-Posting-Intern's insistence that the tests mean nothing because they were designed for failure, it is still pretty interesting that in all the years the TSA has been playing it's little cops-and-robbers game with the american public has yet to turn up any actual success story. After this many years you would think they would have caught a terrorist by now, at least found enough evidence of a terrorist plot to advertise how successful they are at stopping terrorism.

Anonymous said...

First, are you aware that your link for "contact if you need an immediate answer" is totally broken? I tried to use it for this question:
Are ratchet straps (also called ratcheting tie-downs) permitted in carry-on luggage? They resemble tools, but the ratchet is a metal and plastic "hinge" that is used to increase tension in the nylon webbing. They are not specifically listed as prohibited but I want some kind of clarification. They're used for camping, transport, etc.

Anonymous said...

It's Friday morning, and no comments have been approved since Sunday morning. That's well over the 24 hr (later changed to 72 hr) approval window this government website claims to have.
I recommend the TSA blotter team let the American taxpaying public know when there will extended delays in the future. Managing.expectations of your customers reduces complaints about your work.

RB said...

No posting updates since the last comment dated 8/23/15 @ 10:28 AM.

8/28/15 @ 9:00 AM CST

Good job TSA!

Anonymous said...

A full week, and only five approved comments?! Come on! If you don't have time to moderate, open up comments and get rid of the silly rules. It's not like you don't allow spam and personal attacks through, anyhow.

@SkyWayManAz said...

The only thing that shocks me about a screener at LGA sexually assautling a woman is that it took this long for a victim to come foreward and report it. There have been too many cases reported over the years that clearly describe assault, often behind closed doors. How many people, including myself, question why a TSA screener can insert a finger into the waistband of my underwear and run it around my entire waist? A private security guard doing that would be arrested. I read this account last week and maybe I just missed TSA's response. I'm positive that finger in my underwear has touched me in my "rear cleavage" on numerous occasions so I don't doubt the veracity of the claim below:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/08/20/morrissey-airport-security-assaulted-me-by-putting-finger-in-my-rear-cleavage/

Anonymous said...

Why wasn't my comment approved, blotter team? It met blog policy.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"...Left - Right - Inert grenades discovered at "

No.

Left to right are some plastic toys, a paper weight, and two inert and/or training grenades.

can you tell by looking at them if they are live or inert? Be honest...I cant either. why would you assume someone on a poorly lighted plane would be?

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Why would my ability to identify toy from weapon matter while on the poorly lighted airplane? Or are you admitting that the TSA misses as many as 19 items for every 1 that is found? Are you suggesting that we should be afraid the TSA isn't doing it's job and a hand grenade could make it through security?


Anonymous said..." Why on earth would you need a toy hand grenade on an aircraft?"

You don't know where I am going or who I am visiting at the other end of this flight. I could be taking something to or from a museum. I could be visiting friends who happen to be very into toy hand grenades. And what kind of arrogance led you to believe that you get to tell others what they do or don't need while in an airport or on an aircraft?

Anonymous said...

West: why have you stopped approving comments for older posts?

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GSOLTSO said...

I haven't.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Odd, so many comments never were approved. Why is that, West? Will this comment make it through your censors? Will you reply with valid info?