Friday, June 5, 2015

TSA Week in Review: Firearms Concealed in Amplifiers, Propane, and More


Firearm and ammunition.
49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 42 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at BNA. 

Propane Tank
This 16-ounce canister of propane fuel was detected in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN). Propane is prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags due to its propensity to explode.

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 are some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

An Orlando (MCO) traveler concealed two handguns, one unassembled rifle, and an unidentified amount of ammunition inside three amplifiers in a checked bag.
An Orlando (MCO) traveler concealed two handguns, one unassembled rifle, and an unidentified amount of ammunition inside three amplifiers in a checked bag.
Belt Buckle Knife
This belt buckle knife was discovered at Philadelphia (PHL).
A pocketknife was discovered in a traveler’s shoe at San Juan (SJU).
This pocketknife was discovered in a traveler’s shoe at San Juan (SJU).
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.


  • Two inert 40 mm grenades were discovered in a carry-on bag at Birmingham (BHM).
  • An inert grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).


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.

Knives and throwing stars.
Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: GSO, BWI, ORD, ORD, STL, SJC, IAH, PHX, SLC, LAS, and SLC
Stun Guns - 25 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two more at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Birmingham (BHM), Borinquen (BQN), Buffalo (BUF), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas-Love (DAL), Gunnison (GUC), Jacksonville (OAJ), Nashville (BNA), Pensacola (PNS), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Richmond (RIC), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Diego (SAN), Springfield (SGF), and St. Thomas (STT).
 
Ammunition
Ammunition discovered in carry-on bag at AUS.
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.

Firearms
Firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week. See below for complete list.
49 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 49 firearms, 42 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered.

*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.

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