Friday, October 16, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 64 Firearms & Concealed Weapons in Canes

Discovered firearms

64 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered replica grenade

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. This replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Palm Beach (PBI).

Discovered stun cane

This stun cane was discovered in a traveler’s accessible property at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).


A concealed knife was discovered in a walking cane at Ontario (ONT).
 

A cane sword was discovered at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).

Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at JAX, JAX, JFK, BIS, RNO, PHX, MDW, PVD and SAN. All knives no matter the size are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. They may however be packed in checked baggage.
Stun Guns - 22 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags around the nation this week. Two were discovered at Chicago O’Hare (ORD), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Fort Lauderdale (FLL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), Augusta (AGS), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Billings (BIL), Columbus (CMH), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Jackson (JAN), Little Rock (LIT), Midway (MDW), New York Kennedy (JFK), Phoenix (PHX), and Shreveport (SHV).  

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.






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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33 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...

The right sidebar links for "Get Plug-ins" and "Privacy & Website Policies" are 404.

You can't even do the basic work to keep your website up to date.

Tell me, Bobby and West, just how plainly incompetent and lazy does the TSA social media team have to become before your employer pulls the plug on your sad and pathetic operation? Are you held to a higher standard than the rest of the TSA, or can you fail at your primary job function 95% of the time while still getting pats on the back for a job well done?

Anonymous said...

No listing of how many "anomalies" were found on trans-gender passengers?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week."

Finally! You didn't recycle any pictures of guns.

Now maybe we can get on with the business of finding some terrorists. Or at the very least you can explain why you keep up with how many guns are loaded but don't keep up with how many gun owners are arrested for terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Almost 20% drop in satisfaction for precheck exhortion scheme. Still going to say everyone should get it, blotter team?
http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/256026-poll-87-percent-of-frequent-flyers-unhappy-with-tsa

GSOLTSO said...

SSSS sez - "Finally! You didn't recycle any pictures of guns."

I have asked for feedback on which images some here are saying are recycled, but none of those folks will give specifics for me to check into. I personally would love to give you(specifically, as well as collectively) information on what you are asking about, but without specific information, I am unable to do so.

West
TSA Blog Team


RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
SSSS sez - "Finally! You didn't recycle any pictures of guns."

I have asked for feedback on which images some here are saying are recycled, but none of those folks will give specifics for me to check into. I personally would love to give you(specifically, as well as collectively) information on what you are asking about, but without specific information, I am unable to do so.

West
TSA Blog Team

October 19, 2015 at 12:54 PM


How about some specific information on why the "TSA Can I Bring Tool" returns a non-answer when checking about taking Nitroglycerin pills?

You know as well as I that the answer discusses larger quantities of LGA's and does not answer the question asked.

Anonymous said...

Then would you please give us specific information on questions asked on this forum without having them approved from above.

Anonymous said...

Recycled photos:

August 7 entry:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1dT5n-SQOVQ/VcVQAG83WCI/AAAAAAAAG0A/xXLXOHc7W2s/s640/Clock%2BATL%252C%2BATL%252C%2BPHX%252CJAN%252C%2BMAF%252C%2BCVG.JPG

August 14 re-use of same image:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xoprAXppCcM/Vc55hDtLFEI/AAAAAAAAG2U/c9GZi8rOtsI/s1600/Clock%2B-%2BATL%252C%2BOAK%252C%2BSDF%252C%2BOKC.JPG


November 21:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u-SQvV01P34/VG_VCeEhntI/AAAAAAAAFTo/UxRZYcvi7bo/s1600/ATL2.JPG

November 28 re-use of same image:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jfUikZOboG8/VHjvlOJSAlI/AAAAAAAAFVo/FgJDYW05toM/s1600/ATL.JPG

Wintermute said...

West said...

"I have asked for feedback on which images some here are saying are recycled, but none of those folks will give specifics for me to check into."

This is an outright lie. I have seen them answer this multiple times, just for you to ignore their reply.

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
I have asked for feedback on which images some here are saying are recycled, but none of those folks will give specifics for me to check into. ...
West
TSA Blog Team


Don't lie, West.

" 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.

September 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM
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Anonymous said...

West, that is one of the most ridiculous replies ever. You can't look at the photos in one blog post, then look back one or two weeks and see the same photos when they wrre first used? You can't spot two identical photos? I doubt it. This is just more smoke and mirrors.

In fact, there were MULTIPLE photos reused recently, and the commenter told you specifically which ones they were.

Like I said, smoke and mirrors. You "can't" find reused photos. You "can't" get a real answer from a coworker. You "can't" delete a comment that attacks other commenters. You "can't" tell us who the contact person is to get ANY real information from the TSA. You "can't" post comments immediately. You "can't" tell us why your blotter team buddies refuse to approve comments.

What is your purpose on this government website? To reply sarcastically, ignore criticism and delete comments? Can you answer that, West?

Susan Richart said...

"I have asked for feedback on which images some here are saying are recycled, but none of those folks will give specifics for me to check into. I personally would love to give you(specifically, as well as collectively) information on what you are asking about, but without specific information, I am unable to do so.

West"

West, you have been told with specificity of photos that have been recycled. Please don't play the "blame someone else" game.

As a matter of fact, you asked this question of the same commentor on September 30th and he responded to you on the same day.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "How about some specific information on why the "TSA Can I Bring Tool" returns a non-answer when checking about taking Nitroglycerin pills?

You know as well as I that the answer discusses larger quantities of LGA's and does not answer the question asked."

You know as well as I do, that the green bar indicates that the mentioned item is allowed in both carryon and checked baggage, as has been stated specifically on this site several times.

Anon sez - "Then would you please give us specific information on questions asked on this forum without having them approved from above."

In some cases yes, in some cases no. It depends entirely on what information is requested.

Anon provided some direct links that I have forwarded up to Blogger Bob for review. I will post any follow-up information I receive on the posted items as I get it.

Wintermute sez - "This is an outright lie. I have seen them answer this multiple times, just for you to ignore their reply."

I disagree, the above photo references are the first I remember specific photo information - most that I have seen use phrasing like "in row 1 an image was reused" or "in the last row an image was reused". I now have some specific images to send up. I could be wrong - it would certainly not be the first time in my life, but I can not remember a specific address to an image in both instances being provided before this.

Anon sez - "Don't lie, West."

Not lying at all, a vague reference to an image in a line of images is not specific - which is what I have asked for, I have now forwarded the information on the images linked to in the previous response for address.

Anon sez - "West, that is one of the most ridiculous replies ever."

I beg to differ, asking for specific information to resolve something is the most basic approach to getting all the facts in order.

Susan sez - "West, you have been told with specificity of photos that have been recycled. Please don't play the "blame someone else" game.

As a matter of fact, you asked this question of the same commentor on September 30th and he responded to you on the same day."

Correct, the mentioned individual responded with "Top row, one picture used previously.", "Third row, one picture used previously, this time flipped left to right", and "Bottom row, one picture used previously, this time flipped left to right and also cropped tighter than the previous post." - all of which refer to rows with more than one image in them, and no reference to when they were used before...

Thank you for the comments this week, I will post more info as it becomes available!

West
TSA Blog Team





RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "How about some specific information on why the "TSA Can I Bring Tool" returns a non-answer when checking about taking Nitroglycerin pills?

You know as well as I that the answer discusses larger quantities of LGA's and does not answer the question asked."

You know as well as I do, that the green bar indicates that the mentioned item is allowed in both carryon and checked baggage, as has been stated specifically on this site several times.
...................
I know no such thing.

Each time you post this answer you ignore my follow up question of where the green bar is defined. And you ignore that the written response that does not answer the question but talks about larger quantities of LGA's.

Where on that site is the written answer given?

Anonymous said...

"Thank you for the comments this week, I will post more info as it becomes available!"

Will that be before or after you respond to the completely legitimate questions about the false positive rate on your vaunted body scanners, West?

Anonymous said...

Will Bob be replacing the photos without any notice of editing and act like it never happened?

Why are you, West, as well as Bob and Lynn unwilling to review your own work?! Bob should know when he has reused photos. Is he that bad of a blogger that he doesn't even follow basic file management practices?

Oh wait, he calls every photo from an airport the same thing. For example, every New Orleans picture is called MSY.JPG.

It is very easy to follow the directions given by the commenter as to which photos were duplicated. We can follow simple directions. Why is the blotter team unable to do so?!

Anonymous said...

West said:

I will post any follow-up information I receive on the posted items as I get it.

And if Bob doesn't reply to your request?

Susan Richart said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said...
Recycled photos:

......."

How are you going to get out of this one, West? You're a prodigy, by your own admission. I'm surprised you were not able to figure this out - or was it just too much trouble to find an answer to a question that has been brought up time and time again on this blog?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

john barker said...

Why do you all care if they resuse photos? The whole point of this blog is to report what was caught before it could possibly make it to an airplane. Why do you people keep making it hard for them? Just let them do their job and hope they are successful in stopping an attack when a real terrorist does try to blow or take down a plane. I am surprised of the comments being approved even when they seem to be blatant attacks towards the moderators and TSA personnel.(This was to Mr. or Mrs. "Sad and pathetic" commenter) . The system is not perfect, no system is, but it does not give us the right to put them down day after day. Call me a TSA sympathizer I could care less because I do appreciate the job being done by the men and women of TSA. With that said I would like to thank the TSA agents and that not everybody "hates" you.

Anonymous said...

West says:

Thank you for the comments this week, I will post more info as it becomes available!

That'll be the day.

Susan Richart said...

John Barker wrote:

"Why do you all care if they resuse photos? The whole point of this blog is to report what was caught before it could possibly make it to an airplane. Why do you people keep making it hard for them? Just let them do their job and hope they are successful in stopping an attack when a real terrorist does try to blow or take down a plane. I am surprised of the comments being approved even when they seem to be blatant attacks towards the moderators and TSA personnel.(This was to Mr. or Mrs. "Sad and pathetic" commenter) . The system is not perfect, no system is, but it does not give us the right to put them down day after day. Call me a TSA sympathizer I could care less because I do appreciate the job being done by the men and women of TSA. With that said I would like to thank the TSA agents and that not everybody "hates" you. "

You know that infamous DHS slogan, John, "see something, say something"? Well, we are seeing government waste and, in fact possibly deception, and we are saying something. And yes, we as citizens do have a right, in fact an obligation, to continually comment on the waste and mismanagement that is the TSA. If you think these clerks are keeping you safe, then you are sadly disillusioned.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

TruePics said...

@John Barker - The American public cares when the TSA claims to have found a gun or knife in one particular week, when it was actually found and displayed as having been found another particular week.

You can't claim to have found a gun on April 5, when you previously claimed to have found this exact gun on March 15. And it isn't a matter of a gun being actually seen twice - they are saying the same instance happened in two different weeks.

If we don't hold our government employees and departments to a basic standard of truthfulness and professionalism, they will continue to lie, abuse, and mis-state facts.

SSSS for some reason said...

john barker said..."Why do you all care if they resuse photos? The whole point of this blog is to report what was caught before it could possibly make it to an airplane. "

Because if this organization can't get something as simple as photographs correct then how can we expect them to get something as important as security correct?

And this is not as simple as the Bold Posting Inten implies with her comparison to B-Roll news footage. This is the outright lie of the TSA claiming these were the guns they found this week when they clearly were not. If they are lying about the guns found what else might the be lying about?

"...Why do you people keep making it hard for them?"

Because they have a hard job to do. If they aren't going to do it right then they need to not do it at all and let someone else take over. Our job is not to make excuses for them, or to make their job easy.... our job is to hold them to the standards they claim they represent.

Anonymous said...

really? This much time an energy to discuss "re-used" photos? Some of you should have never left your TSA jobs. Now you are bored and this is how you fill your time.

Anonymous said...

Ah, more lies by the Bold TSApologist. You made two mistakes this time.

1. You usually make false claims that critical commenters here are ex-TSA employees with your unbold - able to spell persona.

2. You know from previous comments that the TSA claims the photos each week were taken that exact week. You're apparently okay with TSA lies as long as your son is still employees by them.

Wonder if your buddy, West, will delete this comment?

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

West, where is my reply to the Bold TSApologist? My comment met blog policy. Do you delete cpmments when they ask about how the Bold TSApologist changes her spelling/bolding to appear to be another commenter?

Are you going to delete this comment too?

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

Because they have a hard job to do. If they aren't going to do it right then they need to not do it at all and let someone else take over. Our job is not to make excuses for them, or to make their job easy.... our job is to hold them to the standards they claim they represent.

they do have a hard job to do. No other job that I can think of has the potential risk as does TSA. No other job has the lives of thousands on their watch each and every day. Also no other job or agency that I know of has had a 100% success rate in their mission.

What I do wonder is why do you hold TSA to a standard that you don't hold most of the posters including yourself too? You demand 100% accuracy, you demand 100% accountability and 100% honesty. Yet for posters here you don't expect the same. Everybody knows the AIT machines ARE NOT naked body scanners. Everyone knows they DO NOT store naked images. Everybody knows they CANNOT transmit images. Yet you never call out posters who make those claims. Where is that accountability?
Everyone knows TSA employees are by every legal definition "officers" yet Susan likes to refer to them as clerks. Where is the accountability? Some like to call TSA officers " molesters" when in fact not one TSA officer has ever been tried or convicted of molestation (I think that is accurate)Even if it isn't accurate to lump all officers in with a very very small minority is not being honest.

My point is, you demand accuracy from TSA with regards to irrelevant pictures but you don't even expect it from blogger who rebut what TSA has to say. Pretty hypocritical if ya ask me. Does nothing for your credibility.

SSSS for some reason said...

Bold Posting Intern Said....

"they [TSA] do have a hard job to do. No other job that I can think of has the potential risk as does TSA. No other job has the lives of thousands on their watch each and every day. "

Your inability to think of any other job doesn't mean there aren't other jobs with the same or higher potential risk. I will give you one easy example.... Pilots. I'll give you a second... Air Traffic Controllers. I am sure others will give you even more examples.

"Also no other job or agency that I know of has had a 100% success rate in their mission. "

Are you trying to say the TSA has had a 100% success rate? Laughable at best. Cite your sources for this entertaining claim and then reconcile your answer with the TSA's own internal testing (Red Team Testing showing a near 90% miss rate).

"What I do wonder is why do you hold TSA to a standard that you don't hold most of the posters including yourself too? "

Simple. The posters don't work for the TSA. The TSA has inserted itself into the air ports to provide security so why shouldn't we hold them to a very high standard?

"You demand 100% accuracy, you demand 100% accountability and 100% honesty. "

No. And yes. The TSA is a government agency. It is appropriate that we the tax paying citizens hold them to a very high standard including honesty, integrity, and most importantly accountability. And the TSA has given itself the mission of protecting commercial aviation so they themselves set the standards that we are trying to hold them accountable to.

"Everybody knows the AIT machines ARE NOT naked body scanners. Everyone knows they DO NOT store naked images. Everybody knows they CANNOT transmit images. Yet you never call out posters who make those claims. Where is that accountability?"

Actually we do NOT know that. We know the TSA claims all that to be true, but there is a lot of information available, and available from reliable sources, that contradict what you and the TSA claim.

"Everyone knows TSA employees are by every legal definition "officers" "

Nope. Agents. The TSA is an Agency, that makes the workers Agents. And if you are offended by being called clerks then maybe you should take the hint that you aren't doing your job very well and should work to improve your performance. Insults aren't used against people who do their jobs well, just the ones who do their jobs poorly.

"Where is the accountability? Some like to call TSA officers " molesters" when in fact not one TSA officer has ever been tried or convicted of molestation "

Yet.

"Even if it isn't accurate to lump all officers in with a very very small minority is not being honest.

Yet you lump all passengers in with a very very small minority of terrorists every single day. I have to take off my shoes and o through the nudie-scanner because you think I am a terrorist who just hasn't been caught yet. When you start treating the travelling public with some respect, you might get some in return.

"My point is, you demand accuracy from TSA with regards to irrelevant pictures"

The pictures are very relevant. The TSA is claiming 'this' is the gun we found this week when clearly it is not. If the TSA can't even get a simple photograph correct how are we supposed to trust them to get anything else correct. If you don't have a photo of the actual firearm found there is no reason to use some other picture of a firearm because we all know what a gun looks like. To do so make the whole system suspect, and reduces the already low level of trust the travelling public has of this Agency and it's Agents. This kind of tom foolery just reduces the credibility of the whole system and even more so those who try to support the shenanigans.

RB said...

Everybody knows the AIT machines ARE NOT naked body scanners.

Actually the Whole Body Imagers are exactly Naked Body Scanner.

Everyone knows they DO NOT store naked images.

The Naked Body Scanners are required to have the ability to store images.

Everybody knows they CANNOT transmit images.

Again not true, the contract specifications require the ability to transmit data over common computer networks.

Yet you never call out posters who make those claims. Where is that accountability?


Everyone knows TSA employees are by every legal definition "officers" yet Susan likes to refer to them as clerks.

Not by any definition I know of. Clerks is a good description of the job of TSA screeners.

November 2, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Anonymous said...

West, where is my reply to the Bold TSApologist? My comment met blog policy. Do you delete cpmments when they ask about how the Bold TSApologist changes her spelling/bolding to appear to be another commenter?

for the record, I have never intentionally misspelled any word nor have I ever posted with any intentional misleading or covered up information in an attempt to pretend to be someone else. I post as myself and only as myself.

Anonymous said...

Ah, more lies by the Bold TSApologist. You made two mistakes this time.

1. You usually make false claims that critical commenters here are ex-TSA employees with your unbold - able to spell persona.

2. You know from previous comments that the TSA claims the photos each week were taken that exact week. You're apparently okay with TSA lies as long as your son is still employees by them.

Wonder if your buddy, West, will delete this comment?


LOL. And you make false claims that my son works for TSA. I'm not sure what "unbold-able to spell persona is meant to imply. Dang it, now what?
I really could not care less if they reuse pictures. I think there are far more important things in life to worry about. And lastly, I have no idea who West is. Never met him.

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist, not 'unboldable.' Unbold and able to spell.

So Bold TSApologist, you are claiming here on this blog that you ONLY post using a bold font. That you NEVER posted using normal fonts and having much better spellcheck skills than you do in your Bold persona? In other words, posting as to be perceived as two different people?

You obviously know 'who West is,' the comment approver here on this blog. You've addressed him directly on this blog.

You don't have to meet people in person to know them. What about Bob Curtis and Lynn Dean? You know (or are one of) them?