Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TSA Two Weeks in Review Jul 1st - 14th: 113 Firearms, Cane Swords, Fireworks and More

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TSA discovered 113 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 113 firearms discovered, 93 were loaded and 38 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last two weeks. See a complete list below.

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All of the fireworks and firecrackers pictured here were discovered over the last two weeks in carry-on and checked bags. Fireworks are prohibited from air travel.

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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. Four inert grenades were discovered over the last two weeks at Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Missoula (MSO) and Louisville (SDF).

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Two cane swords were discovered in carry-on property at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and New York Kennedy (JFK). All knives and swords are prohibited in carry-on bags.

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A comb knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Wilmington (ILM).
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(L-R) These hatchets were discovered in carry-on bags at Burbank (BUR), Billings (BIL) and Anchorage (ANC).
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From top to bottom, these cane swords were discovered in carry-on property at New York Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia(LGA) and Raleigh Durham (RDU).
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Clockwise from top left, these items were discovered at SFO, BDL, BOI, SAN, PHX, ORD, ORD, MOB, DTW, SFO, ORD, IWA and SNA.


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

6 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?

FK said...

How are you going to defend this?

http://komonews.com/news/local/tsa-agent-suspended-arrested-for-upskirt-photos-at-sea-tac

Ksubrent61 said...

You folks at TSA sure do like your pictures. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seattle-tsa-worker-arrested-voyeurism-charge-n613711

Wintermute said...

Almost 3 weeks late with the "weekly' blotter, and you can't be bothered to approve comments? Shows us exactly what the TSA thinks of the public.

Anonymous said...

Hannah Cohen will not be forgotten.

Fix the TSA said...

Hi Bob, I see you got my message about cutting off photos and obscuring/removing time stamps. I'll do a deeper analysis of the photos later, but wanted to acknowledge this positive improvement.

Thank-you.