Friday, March 4, 2016

TSA Week in Review: February 26th - March 3rd


Fifty-six firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 56 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last 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. Two inert grenades were discovered this week in checked bags at Harlingen (HRL) and Waterloo (ALO). The grenade pictured here is from ALO.

A cane sword was detected in a passenger’s carry-on property at Las Vegas (LAS). All knives and swords are prohibited in carry-on bags, and concealed items can lead to arrest and fines.

A Southwest Florida International (RSW) passenger opted out of advanced imaging technology screening. While being escorted to private screening, the passenger removed a knife from her groin area.
The Katana swords were discovered in a carry-on bag at IAH, and the machete was found in a carry-on on bag at JFK.


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 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

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do these people go to jail?

Susan Richart said...

Why does AskTSA insist that long waits at checkpoints are due to an increased number of travelers? Delays are deliberate by TSA in order to 1. try to get more people signed up for PreCheck to meet their enrollment goal of 25 million people and 2. to try to force more money from Congress to hire more screeners to be trained at your "academy" to the tune of $16,000,000 for one year.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

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?

Fix the TSA said...

Bottom row, second photo from left has an altered date stamp. The month is blurred.

Who blurred the month on that date stamp?

Fix the TSA said...

Bottom two rows, rightmost gun photos are cut off.

Anonymous said...

While in Southern California last month I visited an emergency room and wound up undergoing a surgical procedure and having a medical device applied. While going through screening at LAX for my return flight two days later I advised one of the officers that I was wearing the device. The officer who checked me was respectful of me and sensitive to my comfort as he did his job, and I appreciated that.
I still believe that massive passenger screening is a wrong headed boondoggle -- this version of security looks for dangerous things, where security needs to be aware of dangerous people. But under the system as it is, the employee who screened me was exemplary and I want to give credit where credit is due.

Fix the TSA said...

How big (height and width) is that "scary grenade" in the photo above? No ruler was included in the photo, so that could be another tiny non-realistic object that could never really be mistaken for a real grenade.

Bob had previously enlarged an image of a 1-inch cologne bottle to make it look like a full-sized toy or replica.

Fix the TSA said...

The RSW passenger with the tiny knife should have gone through the nudeoscope scanner. It probably wouldn't have been picked up.

If she had gone through a metal detector, which is a lower cost and more accurate technology, it would have alarmed and been found.

Did the knife get turned over to the state to sell? Was it thrown away?

Fix the TSA said...

Is Neffenger trying to kill the airline industry?

He wants people to arrive at airports THREE HOURS before international flights?

Part of some stupid DHS long game to discourage travel in general, and international travel specifically?

I know that may sound crazy, but look at how much more difficult the TSA and CBP make it to travel on planes, subways, trains, and even cars. CBP has checkpoints up to one hundred miles from the border. TSA is harassing people in many public transit facilities.

Even if I am wrong about DHS's long game, this definitely is a money grab by the TSA. The TSA, by order of its leadership, is doing an intentional work slow down. Not to make more "good catches," because the level of finds and failures has not changed much in the past fourteen years. Instead, they are doing it to get more money.

It's sad that screeners probably support more funding, because it will not filter down to them. They aren't going to get raises. They aren't going to get equipment that works. They aren't going to get much more help at the screening areas. Instead, that money will go into big bonuses for Neffenger's buddies in TSA management and buying more inefficient equipment that constantly fails and will increase the work of the screeners.

Look at this week's "good catches." Fifty-six weapons is not an atypical number quoted by Bob. Twelve million people flew last week, so the percentage of travelers found with a weapon, none of them terrorists, is still thousandths of a single percent of all travelers and hundredths of a single percent of all flights in of the US. None of this has changed or will change, no matter how much of our tax dollars are squandered by the TSA.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3477050/Summer-travel-chaos-awaits-lines-TSA-longer-longer-amid-budget-cuts-ramped-security-surge-travelers.html

screenshot taken - hope this comment isn't deleted.

Anonymous said...

It is incredible in this day and age that anyone would bring a weapon in their carry on luggage to the airport. Maybe, we need to set up a plexiglass display of prohibited items for all to see at the entrance to the checkpoint which says there will be severs penalties if those items are in your carry on items.

RB said...

The last published comment in any thread is dated March 2, 2016. It is now well into March 6, 2016. It is really pathetic that TSA's Blog Team can do no better than this. But it does seem to match the lack of performance of TSA all across the country based on complaints found at @AskTSA.

SSSS for some reason said...

And nothing found with the big, expensive, and slow Nudie-Scanners.

Better luck next week.

Susan Richart said...

Hey Bob, how come there have not been any complaints about gropes published at AskTSA in the last couple of weeks? I don't, for one minute, believe that no one has complained. Could it be that AskTSA has purposefully stopped publishing those kinds of comments?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Is your weekly round-up going to include the DEER MEAT your crack team of experts thought looked "suspicious", and called the FBI and Bomb Squad for??

http://wkbn.com/2016/03/06/bomb-squad-responding-to-suspicious-package-at-vienna-airport/

TSA- what a waste of money.

G.N. Harper said...

I am willing to bet that more than a few posters here are %100 convinced that the government is spraying them with mind altering chemicals. The reason no on replies to the comments is because everyone is convinced they are correct. "Nudie Scanners"... when did you fly last?

Chris Boyce said...

In the picture of the knife at JFK, you committed a violation of the Privacy Act by revealing PII. The passenger's name and flight number are clearly visible. I've already sent notice to the DHS OIG.

Anonymous said...

Bottom row, second photo from left has an altered date stamp. The month is blurred.

Who blurred the month on that date stamp?

sounds like a governmental cover up...perhaps a federal investigation is in order...Really?

Anonymous said...

Look at this week's "good catches." Fifty-six weapons is not an atypical number quoted by Bob. Twelve million people flew last week, so the percentage of travelers found with a weapon, none of them terrorists, is still thousandths of a single percent of all travelers and hundredths of a single percent of all flights in of the US. None of this has changed or will change, no matter how much of our tax dollars are squandered by the TSA.

how do you know this? TSA does not look for terrorist. They look for threat items (TSA officers on the checkpoint) if an item is surrendered, TSA disposes of it. The passenger isn't interviewed. If it is a gun or something like a replica bomb that requires law enforcement, law enforcement handles it. Had an airport screener taken the box cutters from the 9-11 hijackers, thousands of lives would have been saved and nobody would have known. It is possible that several more terrorist attacks or even just one have been prevented and nobody would or will ever know...except you perhaps.

Anonymous said...

The last published comment in any thread is dated March 2, 2016. It is now well into March 6, 2016. It is really pathetic that TSA's Blog Team can do no better than this. But it does seem to match the lack of performance of TSA all across the country based on complaints found at @AskTSA.

I would hate to think the moderators here would take a few days off. The nerve of them. Don't they know they should work 7 days a week to be sure and post some of the highly important yet incredibly moronic post that we all enjoy each day. I vote for 7 day a week moderating. We should not have to wait!!!

Anonymous said...

I am glad for all the hard work and the vigilance of the TSA to keep us safe on the land air and sea. I have read about the various items that people tried to carry on board of these air lines. I don't know what are the penalties for such bad behavior. if I have the power to legislate laws to deal with such bad behavior,I would make a law to include such people on a no fly list. We need to send a strong message to these people that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in our society.I agree with freedom of any thing as long as it does not jeopardize the lives of law abiding citizens.Once again I recommend that these law breakers people be taught a valuable lesson so that the would be law breakers could think twice before they embark on such undertaking.I commend TSA for the fine job they are doing keep it up TSA and don't be deterred by unduly criticism from keeping us safe.

Anonymous said...

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/so_you_want_to_privatize_the_tsa.html

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "But under the system as it is, the employee who screened me was exemplary and I want to give credit where credit is due."

Thank you, we appreciate you taking the time to compliment one of our folks!

Anon sez - "I commend TSA for the fine job they are doing keep it up TSA and don't be deterred by unduly criticism from keeping us safe."

Thank you for the kind comments. We certainly appreciate them!

Anon sez - "http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/so_you_want_to_privatize_the_tsa.html"

Thanks for that post! An interesting account, from an internal point of view, that runs contrary to much of what others post here. It is nice to have a published account from some of the leadership of the private companies that presents a matter of fact representation of the challenges faced by the private companies as well. Thank you again.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

 GSOLTSO said...Anon sez - "But under the system as it is, the employee who screened me was exemplary and I want to give credit where credit is due."Thank you, we appreciate you taking the time to compliment one of our folks!Anon sez - "I commend TSA for the fine job they are doing keep it up TSA and don't be deterred by unduly criticism from keeping us safe."Thank you for the kind comments. We certainly appreciate them!Anon sez - "http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/so_you_want_to_privatize_the_tsa.html"Thanks for that post! An interesting account, from an internal point of view, that runs contrary to much of what others post here. It is nice to have a published account from some of the leadership of the private companies that presents a matter of fact representation of the challenges faced by the private companies as well. Thank you again.WestTSA Blog TeamMarch 8, 2016 at 7:51 AM
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Nothing like a bit of pandering to fix TSA's ills.

RB said...

I would hate to think the moderators here would take a few days off. The nerve of them. Don't they know they should work 7 days a week to be sure and post some of the highly important yet incredibly moronic post that we all enjoy each day. I vote for 7 day a week moderating. We should not have to wait!!!March 7, 2016 at 3:43 PM
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Boldy, the last posting date was a Wednesday. Fat dab in the middle of the week. Besides there are 3 moderators and no reason to not at least moderate comments daily. But like the rest of TSA the incompetence runs deep with this group.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
how do you know this? TSA does not look for terrorist. They look for threat items
March 7, 2016 at 3:40 PM


Then why do they need to see an ID?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I agree with freedom of any thing as long as it does not jeopardize the lives of law abiding citizens.
March 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM


A law-abiding citizen carrying a weapon (much less a bottle of water or a nailclipper) on a plane doesn't "jeopardize" anyone's lives. Therefore, you must be FOR law-abiding citizens being allowed to carry their guns on planes! Welcome to the fight against the TSA!

Anonymous said...

"Thank you for the kind comments. We certainly appreciate them!"

Why is it, West Cooper, that you only respond to comments you "appreciate", while ignoring legitimate questions and criticisms? Is it cowardice, dishonesty, or stupidity? Or something else?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you removed the passenger's name from the one knife picture. Now tell Lisa Farbstein to remove her Tweet with the identifying information.

Adrian said...

@G.N. Harper: The conspiracy theorists are the ones who think TSA is a good idea; the ones who think that the ID check before flying is useful, safe, and Constitutional; the ones who believe that spending trillions of dollars on ineffective security measures and empire building will save more lives than improving roads, making health care more accessible, or reducing poverty.

Susan Richart said...

"TSA does not look for terrorist." OK, Boldy, if the TSA does not look for terrorists, then how come each time one purchases a plane ticket one's name is run through multiple data bases looking for connections to terrorism?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

"http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/so_you_want_to_privatize_the_tsa.html"

The premise of the above link, posted by someone who claims to be a screener at DEN, is racist and offensive.

Did you not read the link, West?

RB said...

Bobby, are we suppose to call you "BigBobBurns" now?

Anonymous said...

"...I would hate to think the moderators here would take a few days off."

At least three people writing collectively one article a week is a tough job. Add to that the burden of moderating over thirty comments across five days.... The work load is so tremendous I am surprised so many of this team are still here. I would think the stress would burn them out and force them into early pensions.

I have been reading this blog long enough to remember when comments were approved in near real time and you could almost have a conversation with the TSA cheerleaders.

Jason said...

The RSW passenger with the tiny knife should have gone through the nudeoscope scanner. It probably wouldn't have been picked up.

If she had gone through a metal detector, which is a lower cost and more accurate technology, it would have alarmed and been found.

Did the knife get turned over to the state to sell? Was it thrown away?

Anonymous said...

because of the new law in December preventing to opt out body scanner, i decided to not fly anymore. I am in the process of loosing my job, I use to be a frequent flyer...

Fix the TSA said...

@Boldy, the TSApologist:

Good thing the TSA isn't looking for terrorists, because they have never caught one!

West, many more questions were asked besides the TSA plants posting compliments. Why didn't you answer any of those questions?

Here's a question: Why haven't you addressed my requests to get a higher level TSA employee than you, Bob, or Lynn to talk with the American public about deleted comments on this blog?

RB said...

 Fix the TSA said...@Boldy, the TSApologist:Good thing the TSA isn't looking for terrorists, because they have never caught one! West, many more questions were asked besides the TSA plants posting compliments. Why didn't you answer any of those questions? Here's a question: Why haven't you addressed my requests to get a higher level TSA employee than you, Bob, or Lynn to talk with the American public about deleted comments on this blog? March 13, 2016 at 7:33 AM
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Who do you think told the blog team to block free speech in violation of the law?

Wintermute said...

Or, you know, at least check the Spam folder in case they wound up there. Is either of those tasks that difficult?

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist,

When Bob states that all firearms in the photos were found in the post's listed week, and Bob is known to reuse photos, and post photos with fake date stamps, you better believe that an intentionally blurred date stamp should be questioned by the American public and investigated by TSA management.

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist, you appear to be stating TSA policy as if you have TSA authority and insider knowledge. According to you, you are not a TSA employee, so your opinions have no validity.

Your 9/11 statement is completely untrue because box cutters were allowed at that time.

If the TSA had actually stopped or prevented anything, they would be shouting it from the mountain tops. They haven't. The TSA admitted in court that no terrorist groups were targeting the US airline industry. The TSA knows that the chance of being killed by a terrorist on a US plane is so low as to be zero.

So, your statements are patently incorrect.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, it is good that you edited the machete photo to remove the passenger's information, but you did not note in the post that you made the edit. This gives the appearance of covering up your mistakes.

Transparency in our govt is critical at all levels. Professionalism and ethics is also important. Finally, good blogging policies should be implemented here.

Finally, the unedited version of the machete photo is still on TSA social media.

Anonymous said...

because of the new law in December preventing to opt out body scanner, i decided to not fly anymore. I am in the process of loosing my job, I use to be a frequent flyer...

that's odd. Almost every time I am in an airport, which is pretty often, I see people opt out. I even hear the words "opt out." Bummer about your job.

Anonymous said...

Bold TSApologist, you appear to be stating TSA policy as if you have TSA authority and insider knowledge. According to you, you are not a TSA employee, so your opinions have no validity. of course not. the only valid OPINIONS are those who hate TSA...I get it

Your 9/11 statement is completely untrue because box cutters were allowed at that time. thus I said IF.

If the TSA had actually stopped or prevented anything, they would be shouting it from the mountain tops. how would they even know? if they take a knife from a passenger, the passengers continues on his or her way. They aren't interviewed to see what their intentions were. They may have had bad intentions, nobody would ever know. They haven't. as far as you know. The TSA admitted in court that no terrorist groups were targeting the US airline industry. The TSA knows that the chance of being killed by a terrorist on a US plane is so low as to be zero. and Hillary is a fine and honest woman.

So, your statements are patently incorrect. in your opinion

Wintermute said...

And the TSA has given themselves the right to refuse an opt-out request, so you are arguing a point you're wrong on yet again.

Anonymous said...

Bold Posting Intern said "...If the TSA had actually stopped or prevented anything, they would be shouting it from the mountain tops. how would they even know? if they take a knife from a passenger, the passengers continues on his or her way. They aren't interviewed to see what their intentions were. They may have had bad intentions, nobody would ever know. They haven't. as far as you know. "

Wow! That is impressive. Lets break it down and see how that would work....

Mr Bad Guy Terrorist is going to (somehow) take over an aircraft using a box cutter/three inch pocket knife/half of a pair sewing scissors. But the security clerk at the TSA finds it in the baggage scan and voluntarily surrenders it from the passenger who is secretly a Bad Guy Terrorist. The passenger, who is secretly a Bad Guy Terrorist, curses under his breath about the evil TSA clerks foiling his plan but since he already has spent the money on the fare goes ahead and completes his travel without taking over/taking down an aircraft and the world is a better place because of it because we all know that a Bad Guy Terrorist will not have a back up plan or any other support in his mission and of course isn't just going to blow himself up in the target-rich security line.

He will, of course since he is a Bad Guy Terrorist, try again on the return leg of his trip but thanks to the TSA and their nudie-scanners and Summer Camp style training school will always defeat him.

Oh, I should add an IF in there somewhere so you can't refute the logic after the fact.

Anonymous said...

Bold Posting Intern said "... They may have had bad intentions, nobody would ever know. They haven't. as far as you know. "

So the terrorists are so incredibly smart they can sneak liquid explosives into juice boxes and breast milk so liquid stuff can't go through security unless it is in a zippy bag. But the terrorists are too stupid to put the same liquid explosives into a berry pie and send it through the xray machine, or put it in a peanut butter jar in a check-in bag.

The terrorists are so incredibly crafty that they would use the elderly and children to smuggle their weapons through security, but are so incredibly inept that they themselves can't get a pocket knife past the security clerks.

And the mere presence of the TSA has discouraged more terrorism that we could ever know because the TSA really are just that great.

To quote Bill Cosby from his earlier days..... Right.

Fix the TSA said...

Once again, Bold TSApologist, you bring politics into this blog. You've insulted the President, a Democrat, and you've insulted a Democratic candidate.

The problems with the TSA do not fall along political party lines. They offend and attack all of our freedoms and rights.

West - why were my previous replies noting Bold's off-topic partisan attacks deleted? There is nothing in blog policies against noting someone bashing political leaders, as apparently it is not against blog policy to bash political leaders.

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