Friday, April 24, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 57 Firearms, 3 Batarangs, and More




This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Miami (MIA).
This loaded firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Miami (MIA).
57 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 57 firearms, 47 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered.


From the left: Live smoke grenade discovered at Tulsa (TUL), and a live flash bang grenade discovered at Ft. Walton (VPS).
From the left: Live smoke grenade discovered at Tulsa (TUL), and a live flash bang grenade discovered at Ft. Walton (VPS).
Smoke Grenade - A live smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tulsa (TUL). 

Flash Bang Grenade - A live flash bang grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Ft. Walton (VPS). 

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.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

A replica 30 mm projectile was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
A replica 30 mm projectile was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was 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 found by our officers.


A non-metallic knife was discovered concealed under a passenger’s pants during a pat-down at Lihue (LIH).
A non-metallic knife was discovered concealed under a passenger’s pants during a pat-down at Lihue (LIH).
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.

Counterclockwise from top, knives discovered at SFO, CLE, LGA, MLI, ORD, SLC, SNA and HNL.
Counterclockwise from top, knives discovered at SFO, CLE, LGA, MLI, ORD, SLC, SNA and HNL.
Three Batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag at Charlotte (CLT).
Three Batarangs were discovered in a carry-on bag at Charlotte (CLT).
Stun Guns - 10 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Akron (CAK), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Gulfport (GPT), Minneapolis (MSP), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Palm Beach (PBI), San Francisco (SFO), and Sidney/Richland (SDY).

Discovered ammo in carry-on bags
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 all discovered this week in carry-on bags.
Counterclockwise from top, the firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags at ATL, ATL, ATL, MIA, and BNA
Counterclockwise from top, the firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags at ATL, ATL, ATL, MIA, and BNA
Firearms discovered in carry-on bags chart
*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. 

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. 

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 Blog Team 

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