Friday, April 1, 2016

TSA Week in Review: March 25th - 31st

Discovered 63 firearms

Sixty-three firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 23 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered an inert grenade

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 grenade pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at Columbia Metropolitan (CAE).

Discovered a hairbrush dagger

A hairbrush dagger was discovered at the Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH). Concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest.

Discovered a throwing star

A throwing star was discovered in a carved-out compartment in a wooden cellphone case at Ontario (ONT).

Discovered knives
From left to right, these knives were discovered at PVD, ORD, SJC and LIT


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.

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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TSA Social Media Team
 

42 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...

My wife and I are senior citizens and travel by air very infrequently. Even so, we have a suggestion or 2 for your officers which may make the TSA checkpoint area run a little smoother.

1. Teach the "millenials" something other than "street talk" or any type of speech which we infrequent travellers may not understand and which may make us nervous and slow down the line.
We don't fault the individuals who have no "social skills", but look to their parents who were lacking in this very important facet of growing up. If you see us having problems with your instructions, don't just constantly "bleat" the same words over and over at us and remember a little kindness goes a long way.

2. For the travellers behind us in a busy line, stop your heavy sighs, rolling eyes and muttering under your breath. We get that we're slowing you down, so help us out if you see us having difficulty. Here again, show a little kindness and empathy. You may be us in a few years.

That's it. See you in the line whether you're an officer or trabeller.

SSSS for some reason said...

63 firearms.

Funny how the number of finds doesn't fluctuate hardly at all when compared to the number of travellers in any given week.

Unlike the wait times to get through the security line, which go up and up and up with even a small spike in the number of travelers.

Anonymous said...

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?

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You know, it is amazing that you spout out the same diatribe on every single post. It is the same over and over again. Why? To an intelligent person, I think you made your point. But I also think you miss the point of the Advanced Imagery Technology Machine is used very effectively. It is just people like you who do not listen to the Officers who give out the instructions to get the passengers through the unit faster and efficiently. And if you believe that the officers just can’t wait to pat someone down, well you are even crazier then I first thought. As for Curtis Burns and West Cooper, they don’t have to answer you, they know the system works. You sir are the problem, not the answer.

Anonymous said...

"You know, it is amazing that you spout out the same diatribe on every single post. It is the same over and over again. Why?"

Because TSA has yet to answer it. Also, because the naked body scanners don't work.

Wintermute said...

You know, the question has never been answered. Maybe when it is, it will quit being asked. In the meantime, close your eyes and repeat after me. "The terrorists are not trying to get me. The terrorists are not trying to get me."

Anonymous said...

"It is just people like you who do not listen to the Officers who give out the instructions to get the passengers through the unit faster and efficiently."

Nonsense. The naked body scanners alarm on completely harmless items like pleats, seams, even sweat, to say nothing of completely harmless and private medical devices like ostomy bags and breast prosthetics. I am glad this question is asked every single week, because TSA has been lying to us about these machines from the start - they pretend they're costless when in fact they are the primary cause of the enormous backups we're seeing at checkpoints all over the country. TSA should be embarrassed ever to have put these in use, and should remove them immediately.

Anonymous said...

You know, it is amazing that you spout out the same diatribe on every single post. It is the same over and over again. Why? To an intelligent person, I think you made your point. But I also think you miss the point of the Advanced Imagery Technology Machine is used very effectively. It is just people like you who do not listen to the Officers who give out the instructions to get the passengers through the unit faster and efficiently. And if you believe that the officers just can’t wait to pat someone down, well you are even crazier then I first thought. As for Curtis Burns and West Cooper, they don’t have to answer you, they know the system works. You sir are the problem, not the answer.
AMEN! This like most redundant question are either so absurd they don't deserve an answer or have been answered a dozen times.

Anonymous said...

TSA vs. sexual assault survivors: http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2016/03/30/what-tsa-screenings-mean-for-sexual-assault-survivors

More abuse of innocent people that wouldn't be happening if you people at TSA didn't use your naked body scanners. Disgusting.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...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? ========================================================================================================================================================================You know, it is amazing that you spout out the same diatribe on every single post. It is the same over and over again. Why? To an intelligent person, I think you made your point. But I also think you miss the point of the Advanced Imagery Technology Machine is used very effectively. It is just people like you who do not listen to the Officers who give out the instructions to get the passengers through the unit faster and efficiently. And if you believe that the officers just can’t wait to pat someone down, well you are even crazier then I first thought. As for Curtis Burns and West Cooper, they don’t have to answer you, they know the system works. You sir are the problem, not the answer.April 3, 2016 at 6:26 PM
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Yes TSA is getting travelers through Whole Body Imagers faster and efficiently. That must be the reason for reports of significant delays at airports all across the country. Wasn't it at DFW where a TSA tester carried a handgun through the MMW Whole Body Imagers 5 times without being detected? That is clearly a demonstration of TSA's Whole Body Imager effectiveness.

The TSA Blog Team is here to supposedly communicate all things TSA to the public. Problem is that Bob and Krewe do no such thing.

Fix the TSA said...

@ TSAnonymous of Apr 3, 6:26PM.

Why are you posting anonymously and not admitting you are aTSA employee?

You, sir or madam, are part of the problem. As long as you conceal your bias and make stuff up, you will never be part of the solution.

Anonymous said...

Why does TSA repeatedly claim that increased waits are due to increased traffic? Numbers are up in predictable fashion, which any competent agency would use to increase staffing levels appropriately... never mind that passenger traffic is barely back up to 2008 levels.

Anonymous said...

Why does the TSA Blog repeatedly re-use photos of contraband and claim they are new discoveries?

Why when the duplicates have been repeatedly pointed out, and the blog administrators claimed they'd check into it... has there never been any comment or correction regarding these repeated re-uses of photos?

Anonymous said...

"AMEN! This like most redundant question are either so absurd they don't deserve an answer or have been answered a dozen times."

What about these questions is absurd? If TSA wants to trumpet the guns they stop each week (by x-raying bags, not via body scanners) as successes, shouldn't they also discuss their failures?

Or are you claiming these questions have been answered? If so, where? Certainly not on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Wintermute said...
You know, the question has never been answered. Maybe when it is, it will quit being asked. In the meantime, close your eyes and repeat after me. "The terrorists are not trying to get me. The terrorists are not trying to get me."

April 4, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Tell that to the people in Paris and Brussels. The threat is real and it is out there, it's only a matter of time. If TSA or law enforcement let their guard down people will be hurt or killed. This is the new reality.

Anonymous said...

Back at you Wintermute--repeat after me: "The government is not trying to get me. The government is not trying to get me." Well at least I thought it was funny. The reality is that unless you held a Top Secret clearance for your last six years with Uncle Sam like some of the rest of us, you have no expertise to argue whether terrorists are after us or not. And as for the AIT comments, since it was designed to keep bad things from getting on airplanes, and since I haven't seen a large increase in either hijacked or destroyed US airplanes in the last few years, I think it may be working. I think I would rather have a false positive that a false negative--how about you? Would you want to be running around with cancer because the machine/test didn't detect it? Did you notice that foreign airlines coming out of foreign countries can't claim the same success rate that our country can, or do you not watch the news? We're tired of the trumped up statistic of the number of missed items that's derived by using the 95% number. No, that's just not sound math. Last, not everyone who chooses to disagree with your thoughts is necessarily TSA. I am not, and I am not the guy from Apr 3 who disagreed with you also. I guess like him I am a little tired of your baseless arguments. Since I do work along side TSA employees though, I will confirm that they don't enjoy touching you either, nor would I.

Wintermute said...

The reality is the same as it ever was... Terrorism is a rare event. Bowing to the fear means they win. They might be able to beat you, but I refuse to let them beat me.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
Wintermute said...
You know, the question has never been answered. Maybe when it is, it will quit being asked. In the meantime, close your eyes and repeat after me. "The terrorists are not trying to get me. The terrorists are not trying to get me."

April 4, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Tell that to the people in Paris and Brussels. The threat is real and it is out there, it's only a matter of time. If TSA or law enforcement let their guard down people will be hurt or killed. This is the new reality.

April 5, 2016 at 7:34 PM


Exactly how would TSA security prevent the events that happened in Paris or Brussels?

Actually TSA security would make an event like Brussels even worse. Long security line backups all across the country brought on by TSA's intentional work slowdowns as directed by TSA Administrator Neffenger place people at a greater risk thanks to TSA incompetence.

Then there is the ability to completely bypass TSA security like the two baggage handlers at LAX were doing while smuggling drugs and having them placed on airplanes. What if those bundles had been something other than drugs?

When taken as a whole TSA security, with their 95% miss rate, and failure to actually secure the sterile area of airports places the public at greater risk than before 9/11.

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist, no question here in the comment section by the taxpaying American public has "been answered a dozen times." All questions, whether or not you personally don't like them, should be answered by blog staff.

Anonymous said...

"..
Tell that to the people in Paris and Brussels. The threat is real and it is out there, it's only a matter of time. If TSA or law enforcement let their guard down people will be hurt or killed. This is the new reality."

Except nothing the TSA clerks do or say is going to stop it from happening.

Like the man said earlier, repeat after me.... The Terrorist are not trying to me.

Anonymous said...

"It is just people like you who do not listen to the Officers who give out the instructions to get the passengers through the unit faster and efficiently."

If only Thomas Sawyer had listened to the screeners! He never would have needed that urostomy bag and TSA wouldn't have twice left him drenched in his own urine!

If only Sharon Cissna had listened to the screeners! Then she never would have gotten cancer and needed that breast prosthetic!

Or perhaps TSA should have listened to all of us who said the naked body scanners are too invasive, too ineffective, and too slow to be worth using. Then we'd be no less safe - safer, in fact - and airports all over the country wouldn't be seeing massive backups every single day.

Susan Richart said...

"Tell that to the people in Paris and Brussels. The threat is real and it is out there, it's only a matter of time. If TSA or law enforcement let their guard down people will be hurt or killed. This is the new reality."

How would TSA have stopped the bombings in Paris and Brussels? Please tell us.

You do know that attacks in Europe are made so much easier by its proximity to the Middle East, don't you? Paris is a bit over 2000 miles from Syria and can be reached easily by overland travel. NYC, on the other hand, is over 5,000 miles from Syria and can only be reached by air or sea travel.

Organized terrorists have NOT traveled here in great numbers from the Middle East. If they were here, they would have attacked by now.

But you can just keep on being fearful and looking behind you back for those scary terrorists. As for me, I'm more concerned with a local yokel nut case with a gun than I am of any terrorist.

screen shot/DHS IG statement

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "If only Sharon Cissna had listened to the screeners! Then she never would have gotten cancer and needed that breast prosthetic!"

Point of clarification - Rep. Cissna is a cancer survivor, and had cancer before her experience with TSA. You can read her comments on her experience with TSA here - http://www.adn.com/article/cissna-vs-tsa

Also of note, the event took place in 2011.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

You know, West, your comment really does not help you or your case at all. The reference to Cissna's abuse at TSA's blue-gloved hands was in response to your apologist who seems to think the ONLY reason for delays at the naked body scanners is passengers who just don't understand the orders screeners bark at them. When, in fact, as you and I both know, the delays are due to 1) your insistence on implementing slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners as your primary screening technology, and 2) the fact that the naked body scanners are such a blunt instrument they alarm on harmless and private medical devices, along with things like sweat, bra straps, pleats, heavy socks, and other articles of clothing.

As for the fact that you abused Cissna in 2011, what does that have to do with anything? Many thousands of people suffer similar abuses from TSA each and every day, and have since the very first day you put the naked body scanners in airports. But you'd rather just roll along and pretend all is well, while the lines get longer and longer - and more and more attractive to terrorists - because you're too stupid or proud or indifferent or gutless to admit that you screwed up, and millions of Americans have paid the price for it, and we're less safe than we were before you forced the naked body scanners on us.

At least you didn't try to defend TSA leaving Thomas Sawyer drenched in his own urine. Twice.

RB said...

Has TSA Administrator Neffenger ordered a work slow-down and that is the root caused of the recent backups being reported from all parts of the country?

Wintermute said...

To use your analogy, would I have wanted to have had chemotherapy because my kidney stone was mis-diagnosed as cancer? That would be a resounding NO!

Ever hear the fable about the boy who cried wolf? It's not that AIT false-alarms. It's that they false alarm all the time.

Also, they gove false negatives as well.

Finally, you can't argue facts, so you resort to "top secret knowledge" to assure me the threat is real, and I'm supposed to say "oh gee, here's someone offering no proof at all, but I should believe him because he knows super secret stuff." Yeah... That'll convince me.

And when did I say the gov't is out to get me, exactly?

Anonymous said...

The reality is the same as it ever was... Terrorism is a rare event. Bowing to the fear means they win. They might be able to beat you, but I refuse to let them beat me.

rare? there were over 27,000 terror attacks in 2015. Rare? They already beat you by thinking your safe from attacks.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Has TSA Administrator Neffenger ordered a work slow-down and that is the root caused of the recent backups being reported from all parts of the country?"

No.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "You know, West, your comment really does not help you or your case at all."

I was merely clarifying that Rep. Cissna did not get cancer from TSA screening - as was implied by the original comment.

West
TSA Blog Team

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist said, "rare? there were over 27,000 terror attacks in 2015. Rare? They already beat you by thinking your safe from attacks."

Beyond the illogical reasoning of your statement, how many of those "27,000 terror attacks" were in airports? How many were in the US? How many were in US airports? How many were in subways or train stations? How many were in US subways or train stations?

The answers you come up with meet the definition of rare.

And not thanks to the TSA.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...RB sez - "Has TSA Administrator Neffenger ordered a work slow-down and that is the root caused of the recent backups being reported from all parts of the country?"No.WestTSA Blog TeamApril 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM
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So what accounts for the recent backups at TSA checkpoints being reported all around the country?

Anonymous said...

"..
rare? there were over 27,000 terror attacks in 2015. Rare? They already beat you by thinking your safe from attacks.

April 10, 2016 at 12:18 PM"

As the kids say these days.... Links or you lie.

You are going to have to offer something to support your absurd claim because Google, the FBI, and the main stream media collectively disagree with you.

Wintermute said...

27000?! really?! Where does that number come from, exactly?

Wintermute said...

No, it was implied that her cancer led to her "experience" with TSA. Or there's a reading comprehension problem somewhere.

Wintermute said...

The latest year I can find stats on is 2014, and the 16000 or so terror events include unsuccessful attacks (0 fatalities, 0 injuries) and those not confirmed to be terror related. Many would better be considered hate crimes instead. But, even if i took your number at face value, 27000 attacks compared to the number of attack opportunities is statistically close enough to zero to be considered rare. Reducing my risk further, I am from the Midwestern United States, and I do not travel to countries we've blown back into the 3rd world. Even if I did, I'd feel relatively safe.

Inflated numbers with unverified sources (16000 in 2014 is from the Global Terrorism Database)

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "No, it was implied that her cancer led to her "experience" with TSA. Or there's a reading comprehension problem somewhere."

I will give you that reading comprehension may have played a part in the miscommunication here - but not on my part. I give you the original comment (as quoted above):

"If only Sharon Cissna had listened to the screeners! Then she never would have gotten cancer and needed that breast prosthetic!"

There may have been intent to say/print something else but the above was what was written (hence the clarification).


Wintermute also sez - "27000?! really?! Where does that number come from, exactly?"

I am not certain where that number comes from, but it falls firmly within the spectrum of reality.

The Institute for Economics and Peace ( http://qz.com/552334/more-people-died-from-terrorism-last-year-than-ever-before-and-mostly-in-these-five-countries/ ) did a comparison study of 2014 and previous years. The result - more people died from terrorism in 2014 than ever before. Their numbers are published for that year at 32,658. This does not take into account the number of people abducted/kidnapped and later released - that is just the number of terrorism related deaths worldwide in 2014. So 27k +/- seems pretty reasonable, especially with the increase in unrest in the regions named in this article.

The US State Department, differs on the numbers slightly for 2014, their tally comes to 32,727 ( http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2014/239416.htm ).

The actual numbers will differ slightly from organization to organization due to definition differences and reporting windows, and terminology. However, the numbers are pretty close at those two sources.

I can find no hard data online to support the 27k number mentioned above, but if it is the correct number from last year, then it would mark a bit of a decline.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

West, you seem to be comparing deaths to attacks. Boldy said there were 27,000 ATTACKS, not DEATHS. That makes a HUGE difference.

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "West, you seem to be comparing deaths to attacks. Boldy said there were 27,000 ATTACKS, not DEATHS. That makes a HUGE difference."

Ok, sorry for the mistake.

Lets take the number of attacks, and add in the number of abductions/kidnappings as well, and we wind up with 22,863 incidents. With the increase of attacks, and large scale kidnappings in certain regions - 27k is within the realm of reason.

One thing to keep in mind is the differing definitions of what constitutes a terrorist attack. The most common definition is similar amongst most of the recognizable sources for statistics - but there is enough difference that the numbers vary slightly. I am not going to say that the 27k number is specifically viable or accurate (at least not until I can find some sort of a release that backs it), but it is within the limits of possibility, especially if we take into account the kidnappings/abductions.

On a personal level, I do not understand how they quantify a difference between a kidnapping with a nexus to terrorism and a terror attack. I understand the literal difference between them, but both types of event are designed to accomplish the same thing - furtherance of the "cause" or political goals of the group performing the act, and should remain essentially (statistically) identical.

I am still unable to find concrete numbers on the 2015 year.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

Not all kidnappings are politically motivated, but thanks for explaining how your supporters inflate the numbers to justify your continued existence.

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "Not all kidnappings are politically motivated, but thanks for explaining how your supporters inflate the numbers to justify your continued existence."

Which is why this paragraph was added above -

"On a personal level, I do not understand how they quantify a difference between a kidnapping with a nexus to terrorism and a terror attack. I understand the literal difference between them, but both types of event are designed to accomplish the same thing - furtherance of the "cause" or political goals of the group performing the act, and should remain essentially (statistically) identical."

Kidnappings with a nexus to terrorism (such as some of the mass kidnappings by ISIS and Boko Haram), should be counted as a terrorist incident/attack. Not all organized statistical compilations include kidnappings as terrorist attacks - when they clearly are.

There is no need to inflate the statistics, the truths published by most open source media is more harrowing than the information contained in a couple of statistical analyses.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

As I said previously, even if I were to consede the 27000 number, which I do not, compared to opportunities, the number is still statistically insignificant. Someone higher than you has failed as risk analysis.

Wintermute said...

Interesting that Boldy disappeared after making the unfounded claim of 27000 terror attacks in 2015, but West then defended the number so vehemently ;)