Friday, May 6, 2016

TSA Week in Review: April 29th - May 5th - 58 Firearms, Stun Canes and More

Discovered 58 firearms image

Fifty-eight firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 58 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 14 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered a live smoke grenade image

A live smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Charlotte (CLT). Smoke grenades are hazmat and are not permitted in either checked or carry-on bags.

Discovered two stun canes image

Two stun canes were discovered this week in carry-on property at LaGuardia (LGA) and Phoenix (PHX). All shocking items are prohibited from being transported in carry-on bags. 

Discovered two inert grenades

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 the 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 (pictured above) were discovered in a carry-on bag at Stewart (SWF).

Discovered knives image
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: IAH, BZN, IAH, TUS, ORD, PHX, DAL and IAH


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.



When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.



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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

24 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...

When this blog first started, an average of around 30 guns were discovered every week. In the last year it seems to run in the 50s. Do you think that you are just discovering more or that there has been an increase? My thought is that people are feeling more insecure and are carrying for personal security. hope that it is not because people are getting dumber.

Anonymous said...

If there were an incident that resulted from something prohibited making it through a scanner, I would bet my right arm that the first person to complain about incompetent TSA personnel would be the person who complained about the body scanners.

My understanding is that the scanners and overall process are in place to be a deterrence, but I am not a security expert...

I would hope people would be smart enough to realize that you need to keep the gate closed before the horse gets away..... Apparently, that's not the case...

There are many people who appreciate your hard work and dedication.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob,

What is being covered in the gun montage, third row, first from right? Is it the date stamp? It isn't an ID, boarding pass, etc. I notice that none of the photos in this week's blog post contain date stamps. Why is that?

The rightmost photos in the gun montage, rows three and four, are cut off.

The coloring looks altered in the gun montage, third row, third photo from the left.

West, were "explosives detection professionals" called to the Stewart (SWF) screening area to look at the "two inert grenades"? How large are those two items? The photo looks enlarged and grainy, it is hard to tell if they are even close to the size of a real grenade.

Bob, you haven't answered my questions about your training or reading about file management, HTML, and file naming taxonomy.

Wintermute said...

And you would loose your right arm. I AM a security expert, and I see the folley of relying on such an unreliable technology.

Anonymous said...

"If there were an incident that resulted from something prohibited making it through a scanner, I would bet my right arm that the first person to complain about incompetent TSA personnel would be the person who complained about the body scanners."

It's funny you say that, since the naked body scanners are quite ineffective, and it is trivially easy to get prohibited items through them.

Anonymous said...

"..If there were an incident that resulted from something prohibited making it through a scanner, I would bet my right arm that the first person to complain about incompetent TSA personnel would be the person who complained about the body scanners. "

Nope. We would still be complaining about the incompetence of the TSA personnel AND the uselessness of the nudie-scanners.

It has already been well published how to get stuff past the scanners so the fact nothing has happened speaks to the scarcity of Terrorist more than it does to the self proclaimed success of the TSA layer cakes of insecurity.

Anonymous said...

I think you're missing the point Fix The TSA. I don't think file management and cut off pictures is the point of the collage. Not all the firearms are depicted, so I don't think they meant it to be a "photo lineup" and how they are actually depicted is not important. Bob didn't even take the pictures. What is important is that every week 40-60 of our fellow citizens weren't able to figure out that you can't take firearms through the screening point. So instead of maligning the TSA on their file and website management abilities, why don't you tell us what your idea is to get our fellow citizens to stop trying to bring firearms, pointy things, and fire starting things through the screening point? It's in everyone's best interest to get the word out, especially the people who, for whatever reason, get stopped with this stuff. Depending on state law, etc., the fines and charges can be painful. All of it is preventable because all of this, in the most of your eyes, is unintentional and not related to terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Were any of the prohibited items found in people's hair?

Just asking because you had a post recently about big hair and the need to 'resolve' it.

Anonymous said...

So how does it feel now that the New York City is tired of the TSA's "inadequacies and is considering hiring private security firms to take over for the TSA? Companies that have to meet the same standards as the TSA. San Francisco and Kansas have already made the switch and Atlanta is consdiering the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Just came through PHL today and at the main terminal A checkpoint they had ONE lane open and a huge line. Of course TSA Pre was closed as well. Myself and 4 other people in line counted over a dozen TSA people just standing around and after finally getting through security there was 6-8 more not doing a thing outside of the secured area. When we asked why they only had one lane open and why was TSA Pre closed, they blamed it on the airlines!! We all said we thought TSA ran security, and they said again, it was the airlines fault since they dictated how many lanes can be open. What a crock. With all the bad press TSA is already receiving, now they have to lie and blame it on someone else? I can't wait until this agency is disbanded.

Unknown said...

What i want to see is what reason they gave for having it ? One of your basic firearm rules is always maintain control of your weapon. That also means knowing where it's at all times, sorry but i'm not going to pack my gun in my carry-on for that trip to Grandma's house!

Anonymous said...

"... So instead of maligning the TSA on their file and website management abilities, why don't you tell us what your idea is to get our fellow citizens to stop trying to bring firearms, pointy things, and fire starting things through the screening point?"

I have a novel idea for your consideration... Let those things through. Possession of a firearm is not how you tell who the bad guys are so why is so much attention being paid to things instead of people?

Anonymous said...

Any comments on the situation in Phoenix?

Or will that be more "lie,deny,deflect and ignore"?

Fix the TSA said...

West, to keep you from playing games when we request links to TSA press releases and published info, what exactly do you "require" to provide those links?

For instance, do I just need to ask for TSA links or do I need to specify the type (Tweets, quotes in newspapers, published on tsa.gov)?

Is a general description or headline or link enough for you to know which scandal I'm asking about? You won't allow us to mention names of TSA employees, so how do we specify?

A few guidelines from you now should prevent additional delays in your responses (Not comments! We know you won't comment!)

Falcon-One said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"... So instead of maligning the TSA on their file and website management abilities, why don't you tell us what your idea is to get our fellow citizens to stop trying to bring firearms, pointy things, and fire starting things through the screening point?"

I have a novel idea for your consideration... Let those things through.

How in the world is this a good idea? I am not willing to have guns go through the checkpoint onto the aircraft. And before you say no one is going to take down a plane with a gun, don't bet on it. One stray bullet through a fuel line or into the cockpit (Yes the cockpit doors are hardened, not bullet proof) and that would end your trip real quick. So no way to guns through the checkpoint.

RB said...

Fix the TSA said...West, to keep you from playing games when we request links to TSA press releases and published info, what exactly do you "require" to provide those links?

...........................
No games, just half truths, misdirection, or flat out lies.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Wintermute said...
And you would loose your right arm. I AM a security expert, and I see the folley of relying on such an unreliable technology.
clearly you have more to learn. TSA DOES NOT rely on technology. That is exactly why AIT machines don't identify threat items, only anomalies. That is why you may get a patdown when all you have in your pocket is a penny. That is exactly why the ETD machines don't tell you what it is alarming on. The technology is there to assist the officer, but is secondary to the officer. TSA absolutely down not rely on technology.

Susan Richart said...

"With all the bad press TSA is already receiving, now they have to lie and blame it on someone else?"

TSA ALWAYS blames others for its failings, ALWAYS. TSA seems to want to seem infallible. I don't know if that is to scare off all those pesky terrorists or if TSA's self-esteem is so low that using the blame game is, somehow, meant to prop itself up. Probably the latter from what I've been reading.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

" TSA DOES NOT rely on technology. That is exactly why AIT machines don't identify threat items, only anomalies."

Now, now, Boldy. Remind us how many of these "anomalies" have turned out to be dangerous items? What's that? ZERO, in five years and counting? Gosh, it's almost like the naked body scanners are more trouble than they're worth! Why can't you admit the plain truth?

Wintermute said...

More word games.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Falcon-One said...How in the world is this a good idea? I am not willing to have guns go through the checkpoint onto the aircraft. And before you say no one is going to take down a plane with a gun, don't bet on it. One stray bullet through a fuel line or into the cockpit

If you aren't willing, don't bring your firearm. Why is your unwillingness to safely and securely travel with a firearm a reason to prevent anyone else from doing so?

And if the Red Team Tests are any indication there are plenty of firearms in the air right this very minute and that isn't counting the ones the air marshals have.

As to the 'what about a fuel line?' crap.... exactly that.... crap. Do you have any idea where those fuel lines even are? How big they are? How many of them there are? You can't aim for them from the cabin and the odds of a bullet making it through the floor structure and still having enough kinetic energy to even damage a fuel line is zero.

As to the 'what about stray bullets hitting...." You haven't ever looked inside of the cockpit of an aircraft, have you? You can't shoot through the door and hit either pilot, there are too many things between you and them. Sure you might hurt them, but you aren't killing the pilot, you aren't damaging any equipment badly enough to crash the aircraft, and you aren't going to get more than one or two shots off before one of the other passengers who was allowed to bring their firearm on board puts you down. Do you think you can get a kill shot off before you, yourself, are killed by another passenger?

Fix the TSA said...

Lol, Bold TSApologist, you keep changing what you say the TSA does, think, and their rationale for intrusive and unconstitutional procedures.

Soon enough you'll get your words so twisted you'll be criticizing the TSA! ROTFLMAO

Fix the TSA said...

West, where is my reply to May 10 Anonymous?