Tuesday, December 29, 2015

TSA Week in Review: December 18 – 24

Discovered 52 firearms

52 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 52 firearms discovered, 44 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered an inert grenade, mortar shell, rocket propelled grenade and a practice landmine

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 board the aircraft. Clockwise from the top: An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA), an inert mortar shell was discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin (AUS), an inert rocket propelled grenade (RPG) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and a practice landmine was discovered during a checked bag search at Boston (BOS).  

Discovered an ice pick concealed inside of a cane

An ice pick concealed inside of a cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Newark (EWR). Concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest.

Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: JFK, STX, SNA, BNA, BUR, BNA, JAX, BWI, AUS, AUS, ATL and MSO


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.



Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list
You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. 


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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team