Friday, June 12, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 56 Firearms, Swords, Inert Grenades, Fireworks and More

56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.The firearm pictured above was discovered at HOU.
Three swords
Three swords were discovered in carry-on bags this week. (Top to Bottom )An 18-inch sword was discovered at Detroit (DTW), a fencing sword was discovered at Washington Dulles (IAD), and a 13-inch sword was discovered at Charleston (CHS).
Fireworks
Fireworks were discovered in an unattended checked bag at Orlando (MCO). With Independence Day around the corner, please make a mental note that all fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
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.

  • Five grenades were discovered this week. Four in carry-on bags at Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Mobile (MOB), and Norfolk (ORF), and one in a checked bag at Newbern (EWN).

Clockwise from top left, these inert/replica grenades were discovered at EWN, ORF, MCO, DEN, and BWI.
Clockwise from top left, these inert/replica grenades were discovered at EWN, ORF, MCO, DEN, and BWI.
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.

  • 5-6 pounds of heroin was discovered concealed underneath the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX). 
 
Knives & Throwing Star
Counterclockwise from top, these items were discovered at SLC, BWI, ORD, ORD, MEM, JAN, MDW, BOI, and BUR

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. 

Compound Bow (LAS), Silencers (MCO)
Compound Bow (LAS), Silencers (MCO)



Stun Guns - 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Five were discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Atlanta (ATL), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Portland (PDX), and the remainder were discovered at Denver (DEN), Eugene (EUG), Kansas City (MCI), Minneapolis (MSP), New Orleans (MSY), Oakland (OAK), Orlando (MCO), and Richmond (RIC).

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.
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Counterclockwise from top, firearms discovered at HOU, ATL, RNO, DAL, TRI, and PHX








Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at BNA, MDW, SDF, ATL, GSP, and PHX
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at STL, LBB, DAL, and BUR
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms discovered, 45 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.
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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