Saturday, September 26, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 64 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-on Bags (55 Loaded)

64 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 22 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. 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 onboard the aircraft.

Three inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Las Vegas (Pictured) (LAS) and Norfolk (ORF).
Clockwise from the top left, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at: AUS, CLE, SLC, ORD, SFO, LAS, LNK, JAX and SNA.

Stun Guns - 23 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), three at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Minneapolis (MSP), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Austin (AUS), Buffalo (BUF), Cleveland (CLE), Denver (DEN), Ketchikan (KTN), Norfolk (ORF), Omaha (OMA), Pensacola (PNS), Phoenix (PHX), Provo (PVU), and San Francisco (SFO).

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 a carry-on bag at Syracuse (SYR).
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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team 

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24 comments:

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...

Still too gutless to talk about the abuse of Shadi Petosky, huh?

RB said...

Still not one word about the TSA screener who sexually assualted a woman at LGA nor one word about the TSA screener who stole a $7,000 watch at JFK and not even a peep about the TSA screener at JFK who stole $61 from a travelers wallet again at JFK.

Looks to me that TSA has serious issues with employee honesty, integrity, and trustworthness.

The big question, are these three TSA screeners representative of all TSA employees.

I suspect the answer is more YES than no.

Theadore Stone said...

I have always wondered what happens to the various items that are seized by TSA?

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+ are out of luck.

Anonymous said...

Shadi Petosky.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the info and putting up with the constant bombardment of repetitive comments. It king of reminds me of this episode of The Simpsons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryMt3BBoOiA

Do you really have to keep posting their comments?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Again with the picture recycling. If you don't have a picture of the actual find then don't put a picture at all. How hard can that idea be to understand? You seriously undermine what little trust you have by obviously and blatantly trying to fluff up your posts... it makes us wonder if the number of guns found was equally fluffed up to make yourselves seem more important than you really are.

Cameron said...

So how about an explanation for the fact that your employees deliberately destroyed the TSA approved locks my wife and I purchased as well as did damage to the contents of my luggage? Or do you just ignore the comments at this point?

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Thanks again for the info and putting up with the constant bombardment of repetitive comments. It king of reminds me of this episode of The Simpsons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryMt3BBoOiA

Do you really have to keep posting their comments?"

Hah! Thanks for the laugh, and some days it really can seem like that!

Oh, and yes, we keep posting their comments!

SSSS sez - "Again with the picture recycling. If you don't have a picture of the actual find then don't put a picture at all. How hard can that idea be to understand?"

Which items are you referring to?

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Thanks again for the info and putting up with the constant bombardment of repetitive comments


Well, if they'd, you know, actually address the comments and the issues behind them, they wouldn't have to put up with them anymore.

Anonymous said...

"Oh, and yes, we keep posting their comments!"

Though you're too much of a coward to answer them, apparently. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Here's the Simpsons moment that truly captures the stupidity of TSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVqLHghLpw

SSSS for Some Reason said...

SSSS sez - "Again with the picture recycling. If you don't have a picture of the actual find then don't put a picture at all. How hard can that idea be to understand?"

Which items are you referring to?

Top row, one picture used previously.

Third row, one picture used previously, this time flipped left to right

Bottom row, one picture used previously, this time flipped left to right and also cropped tighter than the previous post.

Seriously, have you never used the google image search feature? It works on collages as well.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, have you never used the google image search feature? It works on collages as well.

Are you serious, dude? You're talking about Bobby and West, here. You may as well try to explain particle physics to a particle...

Anonymous said...

SSSS Says:

Seriously, have you never used the google image search feature? It works on collages as well.

Your confidence in the TSA's social media team's level of technical prowess is downright ADORABLE!

Anonymous said...

SSSS sez - "Again with the picture recycling. If you don't have a picture of the actual find then don't put a picture at all. How hard can that idea be to understand?"
someone needs a hobby. If my child was making this argument, I would tell them to grow up. If the news stations use canned video as they often do, does that make the story invalid? Of course not. Pick a better topic.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...If the news stations use canned video as they often do, does that make the story invalid?"

If the news station was trying to present the canned video as anything other than canned video, then yes it would make the story invalid.

Anonymous said...

TSAnonymous cheerleader wrote:

someone needs a hobby. If my child was making this argument, I would tell them to grow up. If the news stations use canned video as they often do, does that make the story invalid? Of course not. Pick a better topic.

Once again, Bobby and West let borderline personal attacks through from cheerleaders, but censor comments (excuse me, "hold in moderation for eternity minus a day") that meet blog guidelines and actually have salient points.

Nice lack of integrity, boys!

Anonymous said...

Once again, Bobby and West let borderline personal attacks through from cheerleaders, but censor comments (excuse me, "hold in moderation for eternity minus a day") that meet blog guidelines and actually have salient points.

Nice lack of integrity, boys!

personal attack? only in a world where we give out participation trophies. on a blog where nay Sayers call TSA employees "liars" "thieves" "cheats" "child molesters" and who knows what else, you think what I posted was a personal attack? I would suggest knitting, scrapbooking or coupon clipping may be a good option for some. Clearly the crowd here is to rough.

Anonymous said...

Once again, bold-posting intern gets away with policy violations, but Bobby and West remain on the prowl for even the faintest whiff of something that might conceivably be construed by the most hair-trigger sensitive of a person as a "personal attack" to keep from posting comments from critics.

Really, Bobby and West, you'd be funny if you weren't so pathetic and sad.

Anonymous said...

Reusing photos and presenting then as finds for this week is unethical and unprofessional, no matter how freaked out the Bold TSApologist gets when this fact is mentioned in the comment section. Almost like she has stake in the game. Is Bold TSApologist really Bob Burns or Lynn Dean?

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Reusing photos and presenting then as finds for this week is unethical and unprofessional"

Which images have been recycled this week? Please be specific so I can check into it. I have asked for feedback, but others have not given specifics. Thank you for the info.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

West, read the comments. The specific photos are pointed out.