Friday, January 29, 2016

TSA Week in Review: January 22 - 28

38 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 38 firearms discovered, 34 were loaded and 14 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered this week. See a complete list below.
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 our 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. Three inert grenades were discovered this week. Two were found in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL) and Albuquerque (ALB), and one was found in a checked bag at Las Vegas (LAS). The grenade pictured was discovered at ATL.
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at JFK, DTW, DAL, BWI, BOI, BWI, DTW, PHX, ORD and SJC.


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.


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 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

24 comments:

RB said...

Posted by Bob Burns (TSA Blog Team) at 1/29/2016 11:59:00 PM

So you got it up on Friday.

Anonymous said...

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to endure more reasonable screening, but those who sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!! it's pretty clear that TSA doesn't understand risk assessment or risk-based anything, much less security.

RB said...

If you guys decide to post comments this week I have a question.

I know what a TSO, LTSO, and STSO is. But what is a Master TSO and an Expert TSO?

Shouldn't all TSA screeners be expert after being qualified in all job duties?

Anonymous said...

Three bloggers and not one who can post comments in a timely manner.

Maxime said...

It's really scary to discover all those weapons (even loaded for most of them) that could be triggered during the flight.

This kind of information should we announced on TV so that people realize how important it is to be checked at the aiport.

RB said...

Gamers said...
good job I hope this step will save the world from the crimes, we do not expect

February 3, 2016 at 2:53 AM
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Why was this comment approved? No content other than commercial.

Seems TSA only censors postings TSA doesn't like.

Anonymous said...

Why are Precheck lanes closed so often lately? I heard that the St Louis airport has permanently closed their Precheck lane. What is going on? I paid money for this service so it should be available the majority of the time. I understand that I won't get Precheck screening every time, but when it isn't offered at all, that is infuriating.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hello Anonymous (whoever you are) for years I have been reading this Blog, and I have finally come to the conclusion that the majority of you go out of your way to vilify the TSA. You will make up stories, tell half-truths, or just outright lie to suit your needs. Well I’m here to tell you that TSA is not a bad organization; yes they have problems, but every other corporate structure in the world dose too. You’re just mad because you think TSA is infringing on your rights. WRONG! Flying is not a right; you have to do what the airlines want you to do in order to fly. So you have to put up with a little inconvenience, it’s worth it to keep passengers safe. If you don’t like what TSA is doing, then do the world a favor, DON’T FLY!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So it is easy enough to tell that the Customer Service Take a Number Grenade Gag was inert so why do you keep voluntarily surrendering them from passengers? I mean you DID say it was inert so why is it prohibited? Are you worried someone might laugh at a older-than-dirt sight-gag while in flight?

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, West, and Lynn (if Lynn is still involved),

No blog was posted the week of Feb 1-6 and only a few, random comments submitted between Jan 29 and Feb 7 have been approved.

Why?

The professional blogging method for foreseen absenses is to post ahead of time that there will be a delay in blogging and comment approval. People understand work or personal life issues can temporarily disrupt a schedule. You will definitely receive fewer critical comments about the lack of posts and comments if you pre-manage delays.

With your existing method, no one knows if future blog posts are coming, and it is logical to believe that comments were all deleted, rather than delayed. Also, it appears that three government workers cannot work as a team to manage a simple blotter and approve a few commments over a period of nine days.

It is truly surprising that Bob didn't do his usual cut-and-paste of previous years' #Superbowl post.

Who ultimately is in charge of this blog? The head of TSA PR?

RB said...

Fix the TSA said...
Bob, West, and Lynn (if Lynn is still involved),

No blog was posted the week of Feb 1-6 and only a few, random comments submitted between Jan 29 and Feb 7 have been approved.

Why?

The professional blogging method for foreseen absenses is to post ahead of time that there will be a delay in blogging and comment approval. People understand work or personal life issues can temporarily disrupt a schedule. You will definitely receive fewer critical comments about the lack of posts and comments if you pre-manage delays.

With your existing method, no one knows if future blog posts are coming, and it is logical to believe that comments were all deleted, rather than delayed. Also, it appears that three government workers cannot work as a team to manage a simple blotter and approve a few commments over a period of nine days.

It is truly surprising that Bob didn't do his usual cut-and-paste of previous years' #Superbowl post.

Who ultimately is in charge of this blog? The head of TSA PR?

February 7, 2016 at 1:11 PM
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Are you surprised at the lack of professionalism displayed by TSA, its Blog Team, and its employees across the country?

From the top to the bottom, TSA and its "Human Capital" are the least professional employees in government, any government!

Tammy said...

You can tell that we are getting protected in America. Thank God for all you who is discovering all these weapons.I think it's shameful for people to do things that they know are not right and this is only costing taxpayers more because it provides a need for higher security, thus meaning more money is being spent for our safety and rates for flights will raise.Insane, that's all it is. Glad TSA is watching out for us. I am not an employee nor am I being paid, I am a us citizen that's concerned.

Anonymous said...

Blatant advertising in the 2/12/16 comment at 5:36 p.m. or did you ignore it, West, because it was gushing with praise for your organization.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Blatant advertising in the 2/12/16 comment at 5:36 p.m. or did you ignore it, West, because it was gushing with praise for your organization."

There is no advert/SPAMmy links in the body of the comment. Many of our commenters have links in their names, including some that have links to services/commercial enterprises.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

Tammy said...

There is no advert/SPAMmy links in the body of the comment. Many of our commenters have links in their names, including some that have links to services/commercial enterprises.

West
TSA Blog Team
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You don't call the complete weblink above spam?

Anonymous said...

The nature of this job is understood HOWEVER, I do not fly that often and on several occasions I have encountered the most rude and unprofessional TSA agents. I guess they have let the job go to their head and enjoy being extremely offensive. They should remain professional at all times and not become sarcastic and annoyed when a passenger asks a question or wants to let them know that a carry on is an expensive art glass piece that can be easily broken. I would be happy to know that if I was an agent, I would still check it but with care. I would NOT start screaming at the passenger to shut the F up, roll my eyes, walk away and start laughing. Very unprofessional. Or go to check a laptop, get called away, and forget I was checking that laptop and not return for 45 mins. Then make a comment if you miss your flight that is the chance you took by bringing carryons. One flight we heard a TSA agent utilize the F word to many passengers on several occasions to the point my daughters stated, "wow, I would never do their job they have such a disgusting mouth." I really believe TSA agents should be better screened and not allowed to be abusive to the public. The agency should set up random "dummy" passengers who ask normal questions, and have various carry on items. They should be evaluated on their professionalism, and zero tolerance provided for agents that act ghetto/unprofessional, and abusive to the general public! They should also be aware that they do not know at any time who they are dealing with. Both my husband and I are public figures and if we wanted to make a bigger deal and go further and public about these disgusting behaviors we could. Instead for know we are thoroughly documenting each event, if it happen again we will then decide what to do, and a civil attorney may have to get involved. We are hoping beyond hope TSA will clean up their agency and weed out their bad apples ASAP!

Fix the TSA said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for commenting here and tracking the bad behaviours and abuses by TSA screeners.

Wintermute said...

A quick lesson: spammers frequently use generic comments which fit multiple conversations without any links in them, and link to their name instead. By approving these comments, you are proving to the spammers that this method works, making it more difficult for the rest of us who run blogs and have to deal with this crap as well. The comment was obvious spam. If you're allowing such comments through based on policy, then the policy is broken. Please submit this to someone above you to get the policy fixed.

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "A quick lesson: spammers frequently use generic comments which fit multiple conversations without any links in them, and link to their name instead. By approving these comments, you are proving to the spammers that this method works, making it more difficult for the rest of us who run blogs and have to deal with this crap as well. The comment was obvious spam. If you're allowing such comments through based on policy, then the policy is broken. Please submit this to someone above you to get the policy fixed."

I understand exactly what you are saying in your comments, and have voiced similar things in the past. Have a great day!

West
TSA Blog Team

Fix the TSA said...

West said, "I understand exactly what you are saying in your comments, and have voiced similar things in the past. Have a great day!

West
TSA Blog Team"

West,

Did you or are you going to take any action on Wintermute's request?

Fix the TSA said...

West, where is my comment in reply to your February 24, 2016 at 9:56 AM comment?

Jack said...

There was already such question but no answer so far. Interested what is a Master TSO and an Expert TSO, too.

Anonymous said...

Did you or are you going to take any action on Wintermute's request?

Ha! Like the TSA feels accountable to anybody, especially the public that sees them for the pointless clerks that they are?

You are adorable!