Friday, December 11, 2015

TSA Week in Review: December 4 – 10

Discovered firearms

47 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 47 firearms discovered, 41 were loaded and 11 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, DSM, DTW, ORD and PHX

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list
In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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Holiday Travel Cybersecurity Tips

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Many people this holiday season will travel with their smartphones, laptops, and tablets in hand. These devices offer a range of conveniences to help order gifts, provide directions, and connect with family across the country and world; however, with convenience often comes potential threats and vulnerabilities.. Travel smart with your mobile devices by following these cybersecurity tips from DHS’s national cybersecurity awareness campaign, Stop.Think.Connect.™

Secure your devices. To prevent theft and unauthorized access while traveling or on vacation, never leave your mobile device unattended in a public place and lock your device – with a strong passcode or password – when it is not in use.

Connect with caution. Although convenient during this busy holiday season, most public Wi-Fi networks are not secure. Do not conduct sensitive activities – like online shopping or banking – on public Wi-Fi while you’re out and about. Disable automatic Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections on your devices.

Think before you click. Do not click on suspicious links or email attachments unless you know the source. Cyber criminals use holiday shopping and travel scams to gain access to people’s information or computer systems.

Consider what you post. Wait to post pictures from trips and events so that people do not know where to find you. Posting where you are also reminds others that your house is empty, making it a prime target for break-ins this time of year.

Learn more about mobile security with Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s Cybersecurity While Traveling tip card.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Learn how you can do your part by visiting  


Thank you to The Department of Homeland Security's Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign for submitting this guest blog post.