Monday, March 14, 2016

TSA Week in Review: March 4th - 10th

Fifty-nine firearms were discovered last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 59 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Two loaded spear guns were detected in a carry-on bag at Houston Hobby (HOU).       
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. The inert anti-tank landmine pictured above was discovered in a checked bag at Austin (AUS).
This comb knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Lexington (LEX). Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
This 10-inch knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at JFK.
From left to right, these throwing knives were discovered in carry-on bags last week at  LGA, BNA, SLC and PHX.


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

15 comments:

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...

"...Two loaded spear guns were detected in a carry-on bag"

No.

Two spear guns with spears included were detected. They were not 'loaded.'

And who was the idiot who stuck the pen through the top of the firearm in the left most pix on the second row. It's like you don't even care about people's property.

SAM said...

people that have been caught with guns,were they terrorists? were they prosecuted in anyway? are they banned from flying ? and why must you approve (sensor) my comment!! its a question ? that nobody seems to answer!

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Two spear guns with spears included were detected. They were not 'loaded.'

And who was the idiot who stuck the pen through the top of the firearm in the left most pix on the second row. It's like you don't even care about people's property."

Spear guns with the a spear in place, and ready to fire, are loaded.

Speaking as an individual that has been around firearms my entire life (literally), an ink pen in the end of the barrel to display the item and handle it so there is less transfer of oils and salt from a human hand is not the worst thing. At least it is less damaging than running a brass cleaning head through the barrel. As always, the individual doing the actual handling of the weapon for pictures is the local LEO(s) that responded. TSA does not handle firearms as a rule, loaded or otherwise.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

Spear guns with the a spear in place, and ready to fire, are loaded.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 16, 2016 at 8:47 AM
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Having the spear in place on a spear gun does not indicate if it is ready to fire. Depending on the type of power source, gas, bungee, or what have you, it is the propulsive force and is the indicator if it is ready to fire, or loaded in a more practical sense of speech.



Otherwise its just a stick with a sharp point.

Anonymous said...

West, why are you answering questions about the photos used in the blog but ignoring the question about false positives? It seems like a perfectly legitimate question to me.

Phoenix Headshots said...

I'm kind of amazed so much was carried on... would be nice to know reasons why people tried to carry on their loaded guns.. thru security... they just forget? Have any data on the why?

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Having the spear in place on a spear gun does not indicate if it is ready to fire. Depending on the type of power source, gas, bungee, or what have you, it is the propulsive force and is the indicator if it is ready to fire, or loaded in a more practical sense of speech.



Otherwise its just a stick with a sharp point."

Which is the exact reason I added "Ready to fire" above.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

West, why are you answering questions about the spear gun terminology but ignoring the question about false positives? It seems like a perfectly legitimate question to me.

Anonymous said...

Sorry West, you got it wrong on both counts. A spear gun isn't ready to fire unless the band's are in place. They clearly aren't. So not loaded.

And the pen isn't in the barrel of that firearm, it is through the discharge port into the magazine. So I ask again, have you no respect for our property?

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "Having the spear in place on a spear gun does not indicate if it is ready to fire. Depending on the type of power source, gas, bungee, or what have you, it is the propulsive force and is the indicator if it is ready to fire, or loaded in a more practical sense of speech.



Otherwise its just a stick with a sharp point."

Which is the exact reason I added "Ready to fire" above.

West
TSA Blog Team

March 19, 2016 at 2:37 PM
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No, as pictured as appears to be just a sharp stick.

You TSA people try to make everything seem more than it really is.

A bit of Chicken Little syndrome.

Anonymous said...

No, as pictured as appears to be just a sharp stick.

You TSA people try to make everything seem more than it really is.

A bit of Chicken Little syndrome.

I couldn't imagine that perhaps it was "ready to fire" when it was packed and in the xray then "unloaded" by law enforcement upon their arrival as a safety precaution. I'm sure the LEO's would take it from the bag and leave it in a "ready to fire" state while they do their investigation. Dang TSA...always dramatizing everything. Makes me wonder how people found their way out of the birth canal...

Fix the TSA said...

Bob,

Based upon my analysis, it appears that the text "Place ID..." and "Place Boarding Pass H..." in the top row, first from left gun photo was added using photo manipulation software and is not part of the original photo. Were the text blocks added to the photo?

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist, you don't need to attack other commenters in such a vulgar way.

West, why was BA's vulgar attack comment approved?

SSSS for some reason said...

Blogger Fix the TSA said... "Bold TSApologist, you don't need to attack other commenters in such a vulgar way. West, why was BA's vulgar attack comment approved?"

Agreed. Why was Bold Posting Intern's post approved when it is so obviously not compliant with the commenting policies?