Friday, August 7, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 55 Firearms, Inert Artillery Rounds and More Bear Mace


Loaded firear
55 Firearms Discovered This Week– of the 55 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 13 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered at GSO.
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


  • An inert artillery round was discovered in a checked bag at Washington - Dulles (IAD). Three flights were delayed two hours and forty minutes while explosives specialists determined whether the round was live or not.
  • An inert mortar round was discovered in a checked bag at San Antonio (SAT). 
  • Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Three were discovered in carry-on bags at Fayetteville (FAY), San Jose (SJC), and Jacksonville (JAX), and one was discovered in a checked bag at Alexandria (AEX).
Mortar round and grenades.
Counterclockwise from the top, the inert mortar round was discovered SAT and the inert/replica grenades were discovered at FAY, JAX and SJC.


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.

  • A knife was discovered concealed inside a thermos at Detroit (DTW).
  • A razorblade was discovered taped underneath the insole of a shoe at Grand Rapids (GRR).
Sword cane
A sword cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at ANC.

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.

Bear mace.
Eight cans of bear mace were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Glacier Park (GPI), and the remainder were found at Anchorage (ANC), Bozeman (BZN), Great Falls (GTF), Petersburg (PSG), and San Francisco (SFO).
Knives, hatchet and throwing star.
Counterclockwise from the top, these items were discovered at SLC, RIC, OAK, DEN, EWR, MCO, ABQ, BOI, MEM, CHS, AUS, PHX, PHX, SAN, JFK and SNA
Throwing knives
All of these throwing knives were discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag at ANC.
Flares
These roadside flares were discovered in a carry-on bag at TWF.
 Stun Guns - 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Amarillo (AMA), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Dothan (DHN), Fairbanks (FAI), Fargo (FAR), King Salmon (AKN), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Oklahoma City (OKC), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PWM), Reno (RNO), Salt Lake City (SLC), and San Francisco (SFO).

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 above was discovered in a carry-on bag at SAT.
Firearms
Clockwise from the top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: ATL, ATL, PHX, JAN, MAF and CVG
Firearms
Clockwise from the top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: MEM, PDX, LEX, ICT and HGR
Firearms
Clockwise from the top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at: RDU, PHX, FWA, TRI, TYR and BWI
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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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Other than some recycled photos of firearms, the week was pretty average. About the same number of prohibited items found, which means about the same number of prohibited items missed. And still no terrorist, still no planes being hijacked or used as missiles..... celebrate mediocrity TSA, it's about all you have left.

Sandra said...

There's no one available who can approve comments in a timely manner? Typical sad state of affairs for the TSA. Get your act together!

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 served and 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...

Thank you all for the job you do and enduring the constant barrage of insults each week. The following link is my attempt to lighten things up--although its about a car, it could just as easily apply to an airplane. My question to you all--has anyone ever tried to bring a chainsaw through a screening point?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykOFlX4MfPQ

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Sandra said...
There's no one available who can approve comments in a timely manner? Typical sad state of affairs for the TSA. Get your act together!

August 10, 2015 at 7:18 AM
.............
This is TSA with its act together.

Feel safe now?

Anonymous said...

Sandra said:

Get your act together!

Oh, Sandra. Dear, sweet, naive Sandra. The TSA thinks that Bobby and West are top-notch public communicators. The TSA thinks that using Twitter to advertise its abuse of civil forfeiture laws to steal a passenger's cash is an absolute public relations coup. The TSA thinks that hiring a quasi-literate, bold-tag-loving summer intern to spin their ABYSMAL 95% failure rating as a "100% success rate because no planes were blown up this week!!!1!!ONE!1!!" qualifies as "good outreach".

Telling the TSA social media team to get its act together is a bit like yelling a golden retriever to try harder at calculus: even if it kind of understands what you're saying, that doesn't mean it actually understands WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

Anonymous said...

So what's the story on the guy that TSA detained for 4 hours becaused he flipped s couple of fingers while being electronically striped search?

Anonymous said...

All of 3 comments posted. Is that all you had time for before the coffee/lunch break?

Anonymous said...

Other than some recycled photos of firearms, the week was pretty average. About the same number of prohibited items found, which means about the same number of prohibited items missed. And still no terrorist, still no planes being hijacked or used as missiles..... celebrate another week of 100% success in your mission TSA, it's about all you have left.

there, fixed it for you
Great work TSA.


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...

there, fixed it for you
Great work TSA.


Oh, look, proving my point.

I'm sure West will ask for references to the fact that there's a bold-posting TSA intern posting predictable comments.

If history is any indicator, West and Bobby will now memory-hole any comments made by the bold-posting TSA intern and then claim that there's no proof that any such comment-poster has ever existed.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Thank you all for the job you do and enduring the constant barrage of insults each week. The following link is my attempt to lighten things up--although its about a car, it could just as easily apply to an airplane. My question to you all--has anyone ever tried to bring a chainsaw through a screening point?"

Thanks for the kind words! The link was quite funny, thanks!

Anon sez - "So what's the story on the guy that TSA detained for 4 hours becaused he flipped s couple of fingers while being electronically striped search? "

You mean you want us to comment on a completely unsubstantiated tweet by someone? Think I will pass, especially since it is a made-up handle for the account. If you find some sort of a link to some other source for the story (like from a recognized news source), I would certainly love to see a link to it.

Anon sez - "All of 3 comments posted. Is that all you had time for before the coffee/lunch break?"

That is all the comments that were in the hopper at that time.

Anon sez - "I'm sure West will ask for references to the fact that there's a bold-posting TSA intern posting predictable comments.

If history is any indicator, West and Bobby will now memory-hole any comments made by the bold-posting TSA intern and then claim that there's no proof that any such comment-poster has ever existed."

Yeah, ummm.... I ask for references when someone makes unsubstantiated claims or references - sort of like the second part of this comment. Please outline where I have ever "memory-holed" anything in the manner you are indicating here... I will wait...

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

You're "waiting," West? Shouldn't you be working? lolz

RB said...

Anon sez - "I'm sure West will ask for references to the fact that there's a bold-posting TSA intern posting predictable comments.If history is any indicator, West and Bobby will now memory-hole any comments made by the bold-posting TSA intern and then claim that there's no proof that any such comment-poster has ever existed."Yeah, ummm.... I ask for references when someone makes unsubstantiated claims or references - sort of like the second part of this comment. Please outline where I have ever "memory-holed" anything in the manner you are indicating here... I will wait...West TSA Blog TeamAugust 13, 2015 at 8:19 AM

.................
A story about a TSA Press Release was a recent topic with a link to the TV stations piece and you rejected that information. Just what does it take for a statement or other article to be considered legit by the all powerful and lawless TSA?

Oh, when will TSA comply with a federal courts order to comply with the ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT on Whole Body Scanners?

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
You mean you want us to comment on a completely unsubstantiated tweet by someone? Think I will pass, especially since it is a made-up handle for the account. If you find some sort of a link to some other source for the story (like from a recognized news source), I would certainly love to see a link to it.


Translation: Citizens complaints are to be ignored unless there is enough media coverage over the situation. Then we'll finally deign to acknowledge the situation exists.

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist: when you do a "fixed it for you" type comment, you are supposed to indicate the changes you made in a way that it is clear what is the original text and what is the changes you made.

#Netiquette

Anonymous said...

RB says:

Just what does it take for a statement or other article to be considered legit by the all powerful and lawless TSA?

That depends entirely on how complimentary it is to the TSA. You should know that by now, RB. If a bold-posting wingnut who has romantic dreams involving enhanced pat-downs links to a website describing how the TSA is doing a great job protecting us from mind-control rays? Bobby and West know that it's totally legit-- and THANK you for your continued support of the TSA's vital mission, professionally protecting travelers from ALL threats!

Point to leaked DHS OIG reports that the TSA employees are able to carry out THEIR ONLY JOB FUNCTION less than 5% of the time? Or to Congressional testimony which indicates that the TSA lied to Congress about who actually did the testing (red team versus the OIG)? Or to reports that the TSA spent over $30 million on the "puffer machines" without doing any real-world tests first, only to find out that the machines fail miserably if the air is humid or there's dirt nearby? Well, none of that is authoritative or legitimate by Bobby or Wests's standards. You'll need to point to a signed statement from the head of the TSA, on the TSA website, admitting to all the relevant facts before they'll even contemplate the idea that there might be enough legitimacy to the allegations to be worth possibly considering addressing.

I mean, really, RB, the standards are simple. Anything pro-TSA, no matter how idiotic or absurd, requires no substantiation to be considered legitimate or to be touted as a "success" story by a guy who can't even keep his week-to-week photos of confiscated items straight. Anything that shows the levels of incompetence and idiocy that every airline passenger in America just sighs and defeatedly slogs through requires proof beyond West and Bobby's ability to rationalize through a wide variety of logical fallacies.

It's not a difficult standard to understand, RB.