|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 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 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.|
- 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.|
- 5-6 pounds of heroin was discovered concealed underneath the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX).
|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)|
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.
|Counterclockwise from top, firearms discovered at HOU, ATL, RNO, DAL, TRI, and PHX|
|Clockwise from top, firearms discovered at BNA, MDW, SDF, ATL, GSP, and PHX|
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at STL, LBB, DAL, and BUR|
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.
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