Tuesday, December 29, 2015

TSA Week in Review: December 18 – 24

52 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 52 firearms discovered, 44 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.
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 board the aircraft. Clockwise from the top: An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA), an inert mortar shell was discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin (AUS), an inert rocket propelled grenade (RPG) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and a practice landmine was discovered during a checked bag search at Boston (BOS).  
An ice pick concealed inside of a cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Newark (EWR). Concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest.
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: JFK, STX, SNA, BNA, BUR, BNA, JAX, BWI, AUS, AUS, ATL and MSO


In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


33 comments:

RB said...

So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days? TSA managers not smart enough to look at 15 years of travel history for an idea of how to deploy manpower?

Typical TSA, All Fouled Up!

Mike said...

Two questions: One, do you ever see repeat offenders bringing loaded weapons on a flight. Second, do you have a second blog that talks about the outcome of the charges that may have been filed against any of the violators?
I have been reviewing these posts for some time now, reading about the sentence someone was giving might make a better deterrent to some folks.

Anonymous said...

"...52 firearms were discovered this week"

So as a percentage the number of finds go down the more people you screen. These 52 firearms discovered this week came from around 25% more travelers because of the holidays, yet the number of finds did not increase, it decreased. Since the number of firearms you find is relatively consistent throughout the year this would indicate that your layer-cake of security is still lacking in several areas. I am thinking a more appropriate analogy would be a swiss-cheese because of the several and obvious holes in your theories.

And PS.... Nothing found by the nudie-scanners. Everything that was found was found with the Magnetometers. Why do you still keep promoting the scanners again?

Adrian said...

Are you planning a blog post to cover the rule changes that removes the right of passengers to opt-out of whole-body imaging? Will there be a new proposal and comment period (as the TSA was supposed to do before rolling out WBI as a primary screening method) before putting these changes into effect?

Are you planning a blog post on the upcoming deadline for several states who have not updated their state identification cards and databases to comply with the REALID Act?

Anonymous said...

Bob,

You reused gun photos again. Second to last row, third photo from the left. Last row, first from left.

(Don't worry, I got a screenshot of the error.)

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?

CliffOnTheRoad said...

Subject of SAFETY and surrendering a permitted item because the inspector incorrectly decided an item was not allowed.

Newark Airport, 5 AM, the bag inspector took a container of Ajax cleanser (kitchen type) because it "has chemicals." Supervisor agreed and it went into the trash.

While this item was not shown in this blog (not all are), the TSA site lists cleanser as a permitted item. We know the agents have final authority but how can one challenge their decision and still make the aeroplane?

Previous trip was no problem; Low concentration of bleach via their testing machine (and cleanser is not the prohibited pool chlorine.)

TSA/HS makes the rules but it is frustrating when employees make their own.

GSOLTSO said...

Cliff sez - "Newark Airport, 5 AM, the bag inspector took a container of Ajax cleanser (kitchen type) because it "has chemicals." Supervisor agreed and it went into the trash."

The problem with Ajax (if it were to come through in the checkpoint area - not checked baggage) - is it can cause acute respiratory reactions if exposed to the dust (and dust can become a challenge in what is essentially a sealed tube). While this is most likely a subject that will be debated several times over (I have had this discussion before, it also included Comet and a couple of other name brands of powdered cleansers). I am not a big fan of a passenger having to take items out of their bags and utilize one of the options for items not allowed to come through the checkpoint - so barring any other items that could be used in combination with this item to create a gas or other form of threatening substance, I would probably let it go - but that is an individual call for the crew working that checkpoint you are transiting. Not being there when this incident happened, I can not comment on the reasoning for the item not being allowed.

For the record, I can find no specific prohibition or non-prohibition posted for these powdered cleansers on the TSA sites.

RB sez - "So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days?"

I did not see these reports, where were the articles on them?

Mike sez - "Two questions: One, do you ever see repeat offenders bringing loaded weapons on a flight. Second, do you have a second blog that talks about the outcome of the charges that may have been filed against any of the violators?
I have been reviewing these posts for some time now, reading about the sentence someone was giving might make a better deterrent to some folks."

1. Not really something we necessarily keep up with here at the Blog, and I have not seen a set of reports or numbers posted past the overall number of firearms found during the year. Local LEOs would actually be the best group to contact about repeat performances, as they handle all of the actual charging/not charging.

2. No, we currently do not have a second blog or even a section of this blog that posts that type of information. To be honest, with so many personal information regulations and laws, and the fact that ongoing investigations or criminal cases may be attached - I don't see that becoming a new section any time soon.


West
TSA Blog Team



CliffOnTheRoad said...

Follow up to West concerning CLEANSER

Thank U 4 sharing your logic and thus I will not attempt a repeat just to challenge the agent come Tuesday.

I am not going to say I'm not one of the bad people, nor question the 1% chance of the contents spilling by accident. However, typing "cleanser" into the search box of www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items yields a pop-up window and 1 choice there is "cleanser (powder)" which says it is permitted.

I'm out only a buck. If it was expensive, I would be totally bummed, and I still hate the "final decision rests with the TSA officer" cavet, especially when there is impromptu inconsistency and little chance of intradepartment communication; Children's toys and breast milk excluded.

RB said...

@TSA_West

RB sez - "So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days?"

I did not see these reports, where were the articles on them?
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Denver media sources and primarily reports to @AskTSA. Several airports had multi hour backups and don't use the excuse already floated by TSA of the airlines adding flights without letting TSA know. Already debunked.

Anonymous said...

Google skills failing you, West? I'll help.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/hundreds-wait-in-line-for-security-baggage-at-dia-because-of-holiday-traffic

Aren't thousands of unscreened pax crammed into tight spaces a terrorist's dream target? An attack on a checkpoint line like in this article would be deadlier than on a plane itself.

Of course I fully expect you to dismiss this grave concern.

Susan Richart said...

At long last, a "resolution" patdown has been recorded!!! Good for this Mom who got on film the full-on grope of her 10-year old daughter.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/checkpoints-borders-policy-debate/1735804-pat-down-conducted-10yr-old-girl.html#post25948671

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Susan Richart said...

West wrote:

"I did not see these reports, where were the articles on them?"

They were all over the news, West, and also on the @AskTSA Twitter account. Open your eyes.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Susan Richart said...

It appears that ID doesn't matter in order to board a plane. Not needed at PHL and TPA recently.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25951463-post32.html

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Adrian said...
Are you planning a blog post to cover the rule changes that removes the right of passengers to opt-out of whole-body imaging?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Well once again the public cannot, or will not read what is put in front of them and make up their own stories, or outright lie. It said SOME people will not be able to Opt-Out, and those people know who they are.

So get off your high horse and learn what you have to do to get through screening. I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER 9-11!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days?"

I did not see these reports, where were the articles on them?


Really? Googling 'TSA delay christmas' was too difficult??

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/hundreds-wait-in-line-for-security-baggage-at-dia-because-of-holiday-traffic
"Hundreds wait for hours in DIA security, baggage lines; Denver airport blames TSA
TSA admits it did not staff properly"


kanchoblindside said...

Id taken this picture waiting in line at ATL minutes ago. Unattended bag, and not ONE tsa agent nor airport employee around to do anything about it. http://m.imgur.com/UbuHO9r

Ksubrent61 said...

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days?"

I did not see these reports, where were the articles on them?"

Seriously? They were all over the news!

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/hundreds-wait-in-line-for-security-baggage-at-dia-because-of-holiday-traffic

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29321442/long-denver-airport-security-lines-continues-plague-weary

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/12/29/security-lines-long-wait-for-bags-just-as-long-at-dia/

There are hundreds of articles on Google News about the TSA SNAFU at Denver International Airport.

Seriously, you are in the PR department for TSA, how could you not have known about this?

Anonymous said...

@Scared TSApologist who screamed he "doesn't want another 9/11/01"

Some becomes all very quickly with the TSA.

The people who will be denied the ability to be sexually assaulted versus having a naked picture taken of them DO NOT KNOW "who they are."

It's happening already. A so- called "TRUSTED Traveller" got the not-really-random beep going through the metal detector. He was DENIED the grope option.

This is someone who went through a TSA background check and FBI fingerprinting. The TSA propagandists say he is "trusted." But he was still denied the grope.

You aren't going to get another 9/11, but it won't be because of the TSA. They admitted in court that terrorist groups aren't targeting the US airline industry.

Anonymous said...

So what's the deal with numerous reports of 2 to 4 hour waits and closed TSA checkpoints during known heavy travel days? TSA managers not smart enough to look at 15 years of travel history for an idea of how to deploy manpower?

I cant speak for all airports, only the ones I go to. Those airports are down about 25 in staffing from 2 years ago. Where I used to see 5 to 6 lanes open, I now see two. It isn't poor management, it is reduced staffing. Fortunately, I have never had to wait more than about 20 minutes at peak travel time. I would guess 2-4 hour wait times are highly exaggerated.

Susan Richart said...

Anonymous wrote:

"Well once again the public cannot, or will not read what is put in front of them and make up their own stories, or outright lie. It said SOME people will not be able to Opt-Out, and those people know who they are.

So get off your high horse and learn what you have to do to get through screening. I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER 9-11!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

You need to do some reading yourself, Anonymous, as there are many reports of passengers now being told they cannot opt-out of NOS or of TSA clerks trying to force even the disabled into NOS.

Here's one instance: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25957364-post1.html
together with a video of this same passenger:
http://tinyurl.com/gortqay

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

RB said...

Blogger Bob, Lynn, and West, why wasn't my comment about the abusive pat down of a 10 year old girl not posted. I did not use any foul language or other terms that could be considered offensive nor did I violate the illegal posting guidelines for the TSA Blog.

Is TSA afraid of the truth? Is it now TSA policy to use a very over the line pat down on young girls just because they have a juice pouch in the purse?

How can anyone at TSA even attempt to justify what happened to this young girl? Don't you TSA people have any morals at all? For those TSA employees with children would this be acceptable for your child?

So back to the story.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/04/tsa-10-year-old-girl/

"Kevin Payne of Pacific Beach and his daughter, Vendela, were passing through the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Dec. 30, 2015, headed home to San Diego, when U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents discovered the liquid."

And the video of TSA screeners inflicting some unknown and unacceptable policies on a young girl.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f91_1451695115

If this is an example of TSA protecting our transportation systems then we don't need protecting.

I will be filing a civil rights complaint against the entire TSA blog team with the Justice Department. Enjoy!

RB said...

Ksubrent61 said...

"Seriously, you are in the PR department for TSA, how could you not have known about this?"

January 4, 2016 at 4:32 PM
......................................

They know, it's just that TSA employees don't have the spine to address tough issues.

Anonymous said...

I watched the video posted above of the 10 year old getting a very invasive patdown. That was very disturbing. I thought kids under 13 weren't supposed to get patdowns like that. I read taht she got the patdown due to forgetting a juice box in her bag that required her bag to be swabbed for explosives, which did turn up a positive result for chemicals used in bombs. Of course no bomb was found in the bag or on this girl's body.

How many bombs have been found using this test? As far as I can tell, the answer is zero. It seems like a worthless test since it alarms on so many common household items like soap or lotion. How many thousands of passengers have been inconvenienced and groped because of this flawed test?

Anonymous said...

Boldy, how do you know exactly how many screening employees are no longer working at your local airport since you don't work for the TSA? What airport is it? What TSA employee shared staffing information with you?

Why are you calling everyone on Twitter and on this blog a liar for stating their experiences?

Does everyone at every airport have exactly the same screening experience as you?

Did you see the photos of the lines this past holiday? What about Christmas 2014 in Chicago? Were the news stations lying?

Are you calling the transgender woman abused in Florida a liar?

How about the man falsely accused by a TSA supervisor so he was arrested?

What about the kids who've had toys taken from them by screeners? Are they liars?

What about the kids who've had their chests, buttocks, and genitals touched by screeners. Are they liars?

What about the thousands upon thousands of people who've reported having property confiscated, broken, or stolen by TSA screeners? Are they all lying?

What about the 5000+ public comments about the naked pic scanners, which were over 90% negative and against the TSA using the scanners? Are they all lying?

Wow, when you take your few personal experiences and use them to call thousands of people liars, that says a lot about how you see the world.

Anonymous said...

Boldy, how do you know exactly how many screening employees are no longer working at your local airport since you don't work for the TSA? What airport is it? What TSA employee shared staffing information with you?

was supposed to say 25%. And yes, I ask and I can see the lack of staffing.

Anonymous said...

Why are you calling everyone on Twitter and on this blog a liar for stating their experiences? did I call anyone a liar? Perhaps and exaggerator...

Does everyone at every airport have exactly the same screening experience as you? Of course not. But I would bet 99% of them do.

Anonymous said...

What about the thousands upon thousands of people who've reported having property confiscated, TSA does not confiscate anything, So I guess liar would be accurate broken, or stolen by TSA screeners? Are they all lying?

What about the 5000+ public comments about the naked pic scanners, which were over 90% negative and against the TSA using the scanners? Are they all lying? since they are not naked body scanners, I guess liar would be accurate.

Susan Richart said...

Boldy, when people working at TSA use the word "confiscate" it means the TSA confiscates items. Look up "Castelveter" and "Farbstein."

Do you know anything about the PRM procedure that DHS/TSA has violated and had to be forced by a court of law to follow. Yes, at the time the machines in question were naked body scanners.

Do you really expect us to believe that TSA at your airport told you staffing was down by 25%? My stars, if you were told that, someone violated SSI.

You, along with West, need to expand your horizons and learn about what goes on at airports other than the ones you frequent. Long waits were still taking place yesterday (1/8) at a couple of airports.

screen shot/DHS OIG Statement

Anonymous said...

Boldy, you truly do not understand what words mean and what actual TSA employees have said. The TSA has stated they confiscate items. By definition of words, they confiscate items.

What is your actual evidence that "99%" of people experience exactly what you do? By claiming that only 1% of the hundreds of millions of flyers from across the world have any TSA experience different from you, you are saying you think everyone has the same experience as you. So lame and small-thinking.

Calling me a liar doesn't change the fact that MMW scanners creates an image revealing what is under people's clothes. Why are you again ignoring the low-res sample scanner images the TSA has posted?

And you still haven't stated which airport allegedly had a 25 "%" decrease in staff and what TSA employee shared this information with a "stranger."

Why do you call everyone stating experiences different than you "and exaggerator?"

Susan Richart said...

Boldy wrote above: " did I call anyone a liar?"

Yes, you did, on January 5, 2016 at 9:06 a.m. "You all can continue to spout your lies..."

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

So weird that Boldy doesn't understand that she doesn't have to use the exact word "liar" to call everyone she disagrees with a liar.

Fix The TSA said...

Guns photo - 2nd row from top, third gun from left has a fake date stamp.