Friday, May 20, 2016

TSA Week in Review: May 13th - 19th - 56 Firearms, Cane Sword, an Axe and More

Discovered 56 firearms image

Fifty-six firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 56 firearms discovered, 42 were loaded and 13 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered an axe image

An axe was detected in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). 

Discovered a cane sword image

A cane sword with an 18-inch blade was detected in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL).



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



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:

Falcon-One said...

Long lines…… Why? The majority of passengers bring too much stuff with them to carry-on the aircraft. And along with that, a good number of them bring whether knowingly or unknowingly prohibited items with them. The bag must be stopped and looked through to find the offending item or items. The TSA officers can only look through one bag at a time, and this slows down the line. A lot of passengers also seem to not understand the concept of nothing in their pockets, no belt, no shoes, and no jacket on. This adds to the line slow down because they go back to the X-Ray machine to put their stuff through. Still more passengers think they can show up 15 minutes before their flight take off and think they catch their plane. And now because of cheap gas prices, more people are flying again.

Let’s try this, STOP complaining about the TSA and fix the problem yourself by FOLLOWING THE RULES!!!!!! Bring less carry-on stuff with you. Check out your carry-on, make sure it does not have any prohibited items in it. Empty your pockets, and I mean EMPTY, NOTHING in them!!! Show up 2 hours early before you flight leaves. This is simple stuff people. Anyone can do the right thing. Be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.

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...

Bob, only one photo with a date stamp that is curiously blurry? Still playing games on the taxpayers' dime, I see.

This sad attempt to "stick it to the commenters" is very unprofessional and unethical, especially from a government employee on a government website.

Fix the TSA said...

Is "TSO Screener" still reading this blog?

Fix the TSA said...

West, what is the deal with the new, more frequent, more intense and invasive groping of genitals as part of a new SOP? What links can you provide, since you refuse to comment on anything or answer most questions?

Anonymous said...

In spite of the deliberate slowdown, only 56 guns were found.

Dan said...

This may have been asked before but I've never seen it. What happens to all of those guns? Are they sold?

Anonymous said...

Sorry Fix The TSA--no conspiracy there. I've watched them take pictures of prohibited items at my airport, and as you can see, there is no published standard on how to do it and what to do it with. Not really an issue since law enforcement takes over once someone documents what was found. Sometimes the picture taker is the LEO, sometimes its TSA, and sometimes its the airport. I can't see the blurred date/time group you're talking about, but if I could, have you ever seen someone taking pictures with a camera that hasn't been set properly to the correct date/time group? I'm truly sorry that your life is so boring that all you have to do is pick at pictures from the TSA.

the1andonlyinsain1 said...

I don't understand why people who are just changing planes have to go back through TSA lines.....Weren't we just in a secured area in the first place?

Wintermute said...

Except the new recommendation is 3 hrs...

Anonymous said...

Guns are taken by the local police departments and are handled according to the local law enforcement procedures. TSA does not arrest you or take possession of a weapon knife, or explosive replicas. Police handle those items and when necessary, arrest you, fine you, whatever the situation warrants...

Anonymous said...

We complain about everything - keep us 100% safe BUT don't inconvenience us with any extensive searches. Simple solution - show up 2 hours early, have your bags packed right and follow protocol about removing shoes, etc. In other words, act like an adult.

Anonymous said...

"Empty your pockets, and I mean EMPTY, NOTHING in them!!! Show up 2 hours early before you flight leaves. This is simple stuff people. Anyone can do the right thing"

You seriously think these lines are about stuff left in pockets? There are many thousands of fliers who have private, harmless medical devices - ostomy bags, breast prosthetics, pressure garments, and more - that alarm each and every time they get on a plane. This is not because those fliers aren't "doing the right thing," it's because TSA decided to implement invasive, slow, and ineffective screening technology that thinks these harmless devices are dangerous, and have to be checked, manually, each and every time. At best, this is a grossly invasive violation; at worst, it leaves travelers covered in urine (google "Tom Sawyer TSA" some time).

The only reason for the long lines and delays is TSA. Passengers are blameless victims of a rogue and stupid agency.

Fix the TSA said...

More TSA inconsistencies, even for hired private contractors working from scripts:

On April 6, 2016, Alex C asked @AskTSA, "Am I allowed to take a Harry Potter replica wand onboard a carry on. The wand is approximately 15 inches in length. Made of plastic."

@AskTSA replied, "Your wand should be good to go in your carry-on bag, but it may be subject to additional screening."

On May 18, 2016, Paul L asked @AskTSA,"Can I carry on a Harry Potter wand?"

@AskTSA replied, "Thanks for asking. All replica weapons, even toys, must go in your checked bag."


What is the rule, West? Can you tell us or point us to a link that tells the flying public whether or not they can carry a plastic toy onto a plane?

Is @AskTSA a bot or real people? The inconsistency of the two answers is illogical.

RB said...

You TSA Bloggers want to dicuss the removal of Kelly Hoggan as the Head of TSA Security? Who at TSA approved his $90k in bonuses? Corruption in TSA? Or how about there being a new "Leadership Team" put in place at ORD. What is a TSA Leadership Team and what positions does it encompass? Was the FSD removed?

The rot runs deep at TSA doesn't it?

TSO Screener said...

@Fix the TSA
I don't read the blog everyday unlike other individuals. My last post was the last time I actually turned on my computer to read the blog. I'm not trolling the website. I could care less if a stock image is used to show a certain type of gun or weapon was caught going through security. I have more important things to do, like spending time with my family, and less important things such as watching a movie or play some COD BOps3. At home I try not to think of TSA. I leave work where it belongs, at work. I will not be stressing at home for no reason. I'll leave the trolling for other individuals.

Wintermute said...

No one is demanding 100% security, as that is not possible. We are demanding an end to the security theatre that does nothing to keep us any safer, and, in fact, makes us arguably less secure.

Falcon-One said...

You seriously think these lines are about stuff left in pockets?

It is part of the reason, YES!!!

Anonymous said...

It's because TSA decided to implement invasive, slow, and ineffective screening technology that thinks these harmless devices are dangerous.

TSA does not know if it is dangerous until they check it out. They cannot take the passengers word for it, passengers lie. Just like you.

Fix the TSA said...

@ TSO Screener

Why the attack at me, TSO Screener? I haven't attacked you or said one word to you before. I merely asked if you were still reading this blog because I was interested in conversing with you, since you did seem to be open to talking to the American flying public.

Who said anything about a stock image? I didn't. It's nice to know that you're okay with the TSA lying to people - saying a photo was taken that week at an American airport, but then putting in a stock photo taken whenever or wherever.

@ "Anonymous" of May 22, 2016 at 8:51 AM Why are you making wild claims about who takes the photos posted on this blog with no evidence or explanation how you "know" this information? Real law enforcement or the airport staff or the TSA takes the photos? That has never been stated by the blog team.

What say you, West? Who takes the photos published on this blog every week?

TSO Screener, I didn't say there was a "conspiracy," just ineptness by the blog team (or whoever organizes and creates the photo files).

Anonymous of May 22 said, "I can't see the blurred date/time group you're talking about, but if I could, have you ever seen someone taking pictures with a camera that hasn't been set properly to the correct date/time group?

No, you obviously don't know how photos or time stamps work. Why are you making assumptions and commenting on something you "can't see?" It's right there in the gun photo montage. If a TSA screener can't set the date/time (which is pretty much automatic these days), he shouldn't be sending the picture to Bob for this blog.

And the time stamp shouldn't be blurred out while the rest of the photo is clear because the time/date stamp is placed on top of the image and saved with it. Even a blurry photo would have a clear time/date stamp on top of it.

After pointing out how photos were NOT taken during the week Bob claims they were taken, Bob all of a sudden cuts out or refuses to use photos with time/date stamps. That isn't conspiracy. That's continued playing of games and denying the American public accurate and truthful information on a government website.

Isn't it weird how both an Anonymous and TSO Screener attack me in the same comment section for pointing out flaws in this blog's photos? Again, just like Bold TSApologist tries to dismiss inaccurate and misleading information on a government website.

**screenshot**

Wonder if this comment will make it? (Sad that I have to say something like this so Bob's and West's and Lynn's and "HQ Element's" egos will force them to publish it.)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
We complain about everything - keep us 100% safe BUT don't inconvenience us with any extensive searches. Simple solution - show up 2 hours early, have your bags packed right and follow protocol about removing shoes, etc. In other words, act like an adult.

No. I never asked the TSA to keep me safe and I never asked them to keep me 100% safe.

And the lines at my local airport are approaching 2 hours so now I am expected to spend more time in line than I am going to spend on the aircraft? And I am safer how? There are three hundred people in line all bunched up together, many more targets than on any aircraft and much easier to blow up because we haven't been through the magic-nudie-scanners yet.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
We complain about everything - keep us 100% safe BUT don't inconvenience us with any extensive searches. Simple solution - show up 2 hours early, have your bags packed right and follow protocol about removing shoes, etc. In other words, act like an adult.

come on, don't be silly. You think following simple rules would help? You cant use logic like that here. The experts here have all the answer and none include following simple rules.

Wintermute said...

How can I follow the "simple" rules that are not published? Especially the one that is apparently "don't alarm the AIT," when it alarms on random items, including nothing at all?

Anonymous said...

"You think following simple rules would help?"

Which "simple rules" are these? Which "simple rules" are people with insulin pumps and ostomy bags violating by having those private, harmless medical devices?