|63 Firearms Discovered Over the Last Eight Days – Of the 63 firearms discovered, 47 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at ATL.|
|A Columbia (CAE) traveler had the following items in his carry-on bag: Lopping shears, a sling shot, a carving knife, a hatchet, a limb saw and a machete.|
- An inert cannonball was discovered in a checked bag at Lexington (LEX).
- Six inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Five were discovered in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Jacksonville (JAX), Los Angeles (LAX) and Santa Fe (SAF). An inert/replica grenade was also discovered in a checked bag at Santa Fe (SAF).
|L-R: Inert Grenade (SAF), Replica Flash Bang Hot Sauce Grenade (BWI), Novelty Grenade (JAX), Cannonball (LEX)|
|L-R: Belt Buckle Knife (ORF), Comb Knife (MCI)|
|Counterclockwise, items discovered at: PHX, LGA, CHS, SAN, SAT, AUS, ANC, DAL, MDW, GRR and CLE|
|Fireworks were discovered this week at: BOI, DAL, ICT, OGG, RNO, SAN and MDW|
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.
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered in carry-onbags at: ATL, TYS, BQN, MIA, LAS, PGS and COD|
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.
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