Friday, March 25, 2016

TSA Week in Review: March 18th - 24th

Discovered 48 firearms

Forty-eight firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 48 firearms discovered, 42 were loaded and 18 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. Seven inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered this week.  An Airsoft grenade was discovered in a checked bag at St. George Municipal (SGU). The remainder were discovered in carry-on bags at three separate incidents at McCarran International/Las Vegas (LAS) and in a carry-on bag at Columbus (CSG).

Discovered knives and sharp objects
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at DAL, JFK, BNA, and ANC.


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.



A chart of Firearms Discovered in Carry-On Bags
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.



Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!



Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

24 comments:

David Armstrong said...

Wow everyone gives the TSA a hard time but look what they received in one week
I want to thank them for doing a good job.
Wonders if they got in big trouble or a slap on wrist cause a gun with a bullet in chamber is really dangerous and could have gone off so it should be a offence.

James Elsea said...

Every week the same thing, guns and weapons of all kinds. I now believe it will never end. People will never learn. By now, they should know better.
And when is our government going to stop the stupid practice of allowing the pilots to carry guns.? The only people who should have guns on a plane are Federal Law Enforcement Officers, NOT THE PILOTS.!!!

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...

In light of the recent terror attack at the Brussels Airport, please offer tips as to what type of suspicious activity to report and to whom at the airport as we have been advised to be more observant.

Wintermute said...

You've obviously never neen around firearms. It is quite common to have a round chambered. It is no more dangerous than any other firearm.

Anonymous said...

"... The only people who should have guns on a plane are Federal Law Enforcement Officers, NOT THE PILOTS.!!!"

Why do you hate Pilots so much? You do know they have any number of things in their reach that could do bodily harm.... fire axes, lever bars, fire extinguishers.

RB said...

Anonymous said..."... The only people who should have guns on a plane are Federal Law Enforcement Officers, NOT THE PILOTS.!!!"Why do you hate Pilots so much? You do know they have any number of things in their reach that could do bodily harm.... fire axes, lever bars, fire extinguishers.March 26, 2016 at 2:41 PM

...........................................
Flight controls.

The concept of an armed pilot as a last resort is a good security measure. We all know that TSA screening of passengers is marginal at best and TSA doesn't bother to fully screen airport workers and flight crew so anything can end up on an airplane. We need more armed pilots.

James Elsea said...

To Anonymous. I do not hate pilots. I just know some deep truths about human nature,,, especially about men since I am one of them. Since you have not stated that you are a man or women,,( using anonymous indicates shyness which is an indicator that you may be a women ) AND you have asked a question which indicates that you do not know about male human nature, therefore I will teach you and all other women about the inner workings of the male mind. Men have this hero complex. They dream of being on the 6 o’clock evening news, in the spot light as the great and wonderful hero who saved the day and many lives. As just one example of this hero complex, I will tell you the story that happen in my home state. There was a big barn fire that a man had started and the barn was full of horses. He was going to get the horses out of the barn and save their lives and be the hero on the 6 o’clock news. Things did not go as he planned. Some of the horses died and a police investigation showed that he was the one who started the fire and when confronted by police with the evidence he admitted that he set the fire to make his hero dream come true.
The airline pilots are the same and I will prove it to you. When 9-11 happen, what was the first thing the pilots asked for.? GUNS.! Forget about all other enhanced security measures, just give me a gun.! I was on a plane and talked to a steward about the armed pilots and she told me in private that she wished the pilots would stop thinking and talking about an OK corral shoot out at 40,000 feet and just concentrate on flying the dam plane.! The pilots have come up with some clever bull crap to try and impress people in their quest to get a gun. They use the term “Flight Deck Officer” to describe themselves. An airplane has a cockpit, NOT a flight deck. They are pilots in a cockpit and they are not walking around on a flight deck. But flight deck sounds more impressive than cockpit so they go with that. Another line of crap they use is “I’m military trained”. This is in reference to their firearm training. OK, so let’s look at what this really entails. Everyone in the military is qualified with a firearm. No one fails. If you can hit the broad side of a barn you’re good to go. Military people do not shoot any better than the average civilian on the street who has had very little firearm training. The one area where this statement does not apply is to the Marine Corp, Navy Seals and some Army units such as the Green Beret, Rangers, 82th and 101st airborne units and Delta Force units. Military trained sounds impressive so they go with that.
The pilots should look to the pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson river near New York city as an example of a hero. He is still talked about and on TV documentaries which are shown on TV every year. He is called a hero and he did it without a gun. I try to teach men that the real way to be a hero is to be a good father, husband and a law abiding citizen. Forget the guns.
Another point, no one does security better than Israel. They are the ones to look to and study for a How to Do It Manual on what you should do. They do not arm the pilots. They are sealed in the cockpit and no one can get to them. In the cabin they have 1 or 2 highly trained Police officers who are in plain clothes and with everyone else. No one knows who they are. I could continue and write a small book but this posting is long enough and hopefully starts to get my point across. I wish the government would use this posting of mine to help correct this misguided situation. Pilots, you don't need a gun to be a man.!

Simon Hill said...

My point is exactly the same as yours. Im from the u.k where were not allowed ANY firearm in public, and guess what i dont feel the need to bear arms to walk the streets. Come on america wake up YOU DONT NEED A GUN TO FEEL SAFE. I vacation in your great country and my biggest fear is some nut job going on a shooting spree. Do the world a favour and ditch the neandertal attitude and your "right to bear arms". Maybe a new constitution is needed to say only law enforcement should bear arms. Go on now google the last mass shooting by anybody in the u.k and feel free to let me know the results.

Simon Hill said...

And i guess when they catch some "terrorist" they will be worth every wasted cent... anything to stop a poential terrorist is a good thing.

Adrian said...

TSA has been overly focused on the "sterile" area and no-fly lists. TSA has spent trillions of dollars (and broken some laws) to demonstrate that they're doing something (anything!) to counter the attack strategy used by a group of terrorists nearly fifteen years ago.

The attacks in Brussels this week show that terrorists are willing to use different strategies and to vary the selection of targets. There are plenty of potential victims outside the sterile area of an airport or in any transit hub, marketplace, government building, movie theater, amusement park, etc.

The DHS must redirect its resources. You cannot remain focused on particular threats (even if you were to apply effective means to counter them) because it's far too easy to select a different target.

It's long past time to roll airport terminal security back to pre-9/11 levels and instead invest that money and labor in intelligence, investigation, and emergency response.

GSOLTSO said...

James Elsea sez - "Another line of crap they use is “I’m military trained”. This is in reference to their firearm training. OK, so let’s look at what this really entails. Everyone in the military is qualified with a firearm. No one fails. If you can hit the broad side of a barn you’re good to go. Military people do not shoot any better than the average civilian on the street who has had very little firearm training."

This is one of the most inaccurate representations of military training (with firearms) I have ever seen. In order to serve in the Army (I will only speak about the Army, since that was the branch that I was in), you had to qualify with different weapons twice a year - minimum. I (and just about any other military member that had to lug around, become intimately familiar with and consistently qualify with their assigned weapons) beg to differ with your assessments.

West
TSA Blog Team

SSSS for some reason said...

Blogger James Elsea said... "I just know some deep truths about human nature,,, especially about men since I am one of them. ...therefore I will teach you and all other women about the inner workings of the male mind. Men have this hero complex. They dream of being on the 6 o’clock evening news, in the spot light as the great and wonderful hero who saved the day and many lives. As just one example of this hero complex"

You are even funnier than the Bold Posting Intern! Seriously, do you do corporate events?

As a man myself I would like to say you are so full of it your eyes are brown.

As a Pilot I would like to say something that would not get past the comment review process so just assume you already know how many letters were used in the two words I have for you.

And lastly, as a firearm owner.... OMG, you can't be serious! We can't arm the pilots because they might shoot someone? You mean the same guys that have a locked from the inside cockpit and complete control of the aircraft? Those guys? You don't want those guys armed because they might 'go postal?' The same guys (and gals, lots of women pilots!) that could decide to fly the plane into the ground but don't give them access to firearms because they might do something to harm the aircraft?

Fix the TSA said...

Talking down to women never helps make your point, James Elsea. Also, you hit one of West's nerves putting down the shooting accuracy of Army soldiers. I'm surprised your comment didn't "accidentally" get deleted or put in the spam filter.

RB said...

Simon Hill said...
My point is exactly the same as yours. Im from the u.k where were not allowed ANY firearm in public, and guess what i dont feel the need to bear arms to walk the streets. Come on america wake up YOU DONT NEED A GUN TO FEEL SAFE. I vacation in your great country and my biggest fear is some nut job going on a shooting spree. Do the world a favour and ditch the neandertal attitude and your "right to bear arms". Maybe a new constitution is needed to say only law enforcement should bear arms. Go on now google the last mass shooting by anybody in the u.k and feel free to let me know the results.

March 28, 2016 at 2:50 AM
......................
If you don't like our "right to bear arms" then I suggest you find some other place to visit.

You have no more say in our way of doing things than I do in the U.K.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
James Elsea sez - "Another line of crap they use is “I’m military trained”. This is in reference to their firearm training. OK, so let’s look at what this really entails. Everyone in the military is qualified with a firearm. No one fails. If you can hit the broad side of a barn you’re good to go. Military people do not shoot any better than the average civilian on the street who has had very little firearm training."

This is one of the most inaccurate representations of military training (with firearms) I have ever seen. In order to serve in the Army (I will only speak about the Army, since that was the branch that I was in), you had to qualify with different weapons twice a year - minimum. I (and just about any other military member that had to lug around, become intimately familiar with and consistently qualify with their assigned weapons) beg to differ with your assessments.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM
...............
I can't speak for other military branches but I was career Navy. We didn't receive much personal firearms training but it was available for various duties. So the remark "I'm military trained" doesn't have the meaning that poster James seems to think it does. What I did was a lot different than being in a company of riflemen. Doesn't mean I had no training or that I didn't receive firearms training from different sources. It is pretty clear that "James" is just anti-gun. I have no problem with that but I do have a problem with anyone telling me that I can't have a weapon. My state seems to believe that I have the proper training and other qualifications to carry a weapon so I think I will go with them.

Fix the TSA said...

@ Simon, US taxpayers have wasted over $100 BILLION so far on the TSA. One "potential terrorist," which means he may not actually BE a terrorist, should not cost $100,000,000,000.

James Elsea said...

To; West TSA Blog Team.
It is not that I am anti-gun. I just have very high standards for gun ownership. I wish that my last posting to this blog was here for everyone to read it. In that posting I do say the words, “good gun owner.” I do believe you are a mature, level headed person and therefore I am comfortable with the fact you are a gun owner. It is our right to own guns. Notice, I did not say, “privilege to own guns.” Legally there is a big difference between the words right and privilege. Unfortunately, the immature, less mentally stable, vulgar one finger salute type people are getting their hands on guns and they are the ones who are making all good gun owners look bad. I would like to thank you and everyone else in TSA for the excellent job you do. When I see all the crap you stop from getting on our planes I am very happy that we have the TSA. To all of you I say a big Thank You. Jim.

Anonymous said...

@ Simon, US taxpayers have wasted over $100 BILLION so far on the TSA. One "potential terrorist," which means he may not actually BE a terrorist, should not cost $100,000,000,000.

it would be well spent if your child was one of those saved by TSA...
15 years an not a single terror attack carried out on an American based flight. Whether or not TSA prevented it by stopping a threat item from getting on a plane or just the presence of TSA was enough of a reason to not try, I don't care, and we will never know. Its money well spent. I would like to see it increased. Hire more officers, pay them what they deserve and provide more training.

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist said on April 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM, "it would be well spent if your child was one of those saved by TSA...
15 years an not a single terror attack carried out on an American based flight. Whether or not TSA prevented it by stopping a threat item from getting on a plane or just the presence of TSA was enough of a reason to not try, I don't care, and we will never know. Its money well spent. I would like to see it increased. Hire more officers, pay them what they deserve and provide more training."

No one, not even my precious child, is worth US taxpayers spending over $100,000,000,000 to allegedly save.

It's strange you are claiming in this blog post that "not a single terror attack carried out..." but in another blog post you claim that "terror attacks are not rare." Which is it? Are "terror attacks" rare or not?

You seem quite content, Bold TSApologist, in remaining uninformed and ignorant of the machinations of our government and our public employees. Do you manage your personal expenses so poorly? Maybe you have a personal reason to want to dissuade people from looking too closely at how the TSA spends our tax dollars.

You might have poor financial sense because you want more money thrown at poorly run and executed government departments and employees.

You seem to think screeners aren't paid "what they deserve." Why do you say that? What is your personal interest in screeners making more money?

I do agree with you that screeners need better training. Not necessarily more, but definitely better.

SSSS for some reason said...

Bold Posting TSA Employee said "...I would like to see it increased. Hire more officers, pay them what they deserve and provide more training."

Of course you would. You work there so that would be to your benefit.

The rest of us don't buy into that claptrap about billions of lives saved because there have been no terrorists captured. Hey.... wait a minute.... didn't you just claim in another topic that there were some two thousand or more terrorist attacks in the last year? Why come the TSA didn't catch any of them?

Wintermute said...

Put 'em all in jail for violating the rights of travellers. "Just doing my job" is no excuse. And yes, I include the blog team in this. Criminals, all.

None Ofyours said...

Why do they need to catch a terrorist? Since 9/12, not a single United States airliner has been hijacked or blown up. Over 15 years. The deterrent is just as effective.

None Ofyours said...

I view TSA the same way I view my car insurance. I have paid forit over 20 years without an accident. Had I been able to see the future, I could have saved my money. I look back over 20 years of wasted payments. We don't know whether or not they have deterred another attack, but for 15 years we haven't had any.