Saturday, July 23, 2016

TSA Week in Review July 15th - 21st: 72 Firearms and More

Discovered firearms

TSA discovered 72 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: LAS, BWI, BNA, TUS, HOU and DEN


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
 


 

19 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?

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, I hope you had this blog post auto-scheduled to appear at 2AM, rather than actually doing it at that time. Are you overtime exempt?

Fix the TSA said...

West, when the MMW scanners (the naked pic scanners, not the metal detector scanners) register a false positive on a passenger's left shoulder, is it SOP to rub the passenger's lower right back multiple times? Is that what is done at your airport, GSO? Is that what you would do?

I've asked this question multiple times. Will you post this comment? Will you answer this question? Will you provide links to public TSA documents or TSA statements?

*screenshot*

Fix the TSA said...

Odd how comments used to be approved on Saturdays, then early Sundays, then very early Mondays, and now when?????

Andrew Kim said...

testing testing

Andrew said...

Man, it really seems like you guys get hit hard by these commenters just for doing your job.

The folks who are running this blog are not the ones making the decisions you guys are whining about. Support the folks on the front lines, and leave your comments to the politicians who are causing the real problems.

Adrian said...

Why are you censoring comments that link to a government report entitled: Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public? Shouldn't that also be considered for the "Week in Review"?

Wintermute said...

Hi TSAgent Andrew. Just doing your job is not an acceptable excuse. Either you're apathetic to the issues involved, in which case you have no problem with working for such an agency, or you quit based on principle, or your need for the job outweighs your reservations about working for such an agency. Or you fully support the TSA. In every case except the one where you quit based on principle, you are part of the problem and fair game for my ire. Don't like it, don't work for the TSA.

Fix the TSA said...

@ Andrew - we take the politicians to task also. This blog purports to be a place to discuss the TSA, but years ago became a place of distorted facts and misleading propaganda to the American public.

It is not right, so we speak up in as many ways as we can.

Anonymous said...

Hi TSAgent Andrew. Just doing your job is not an acceptable excuse. Either you're apathetic to the issues involved, in which case you have no problem with working for such an agency, or you quit based on principle, or your need for the job outweighs your reservations about working for such an agency. Or you fully support the TSA. In every case except the one where you quit based on principle, you are part of the problem and fair game for my ire. Don't like it, don't work for the TSA.

I think this post makes sense. And as such, we should hate everyone. There are people in every profession in the world that do things as part of that job that we disagree with. There are cops who beat people, thus I hate all cops. There are Dr's who have botched surgeries, thus I hate all Dr's. Teachers have abused children thus we must hate all teachers. Do we limit our ignorance and lack of compassion and understanding to just professions or should we carry it to race issues and religion? Its opinions like your that have created the great divide amongst people. This is why innocent police officers are being murdered. Why certain people are being beaten. Ignorance and intolerance are not qualities that one should be proud of. Ever hear the saying, don't hate the player, hate the game. You Sir are hating the player because YOU don't like the game. Your OPINION is the game is bad. I certainly hope you are in a profession in which there are no bad apples, no corruption, no misdealing's thus you are not hated by ignorant people for doing something you believe in.

Wintermute said...

The difference is, the TSA itself violates the law of our land. The other professions, not so much. Therefore, your analogy falls flat. Nice redirection, though. What are you hoping people will miss by making it look like I said something I didn't?

Anonymous said...

Ever hear the saying, don't hate the player, hate the game. You Sir are hating the player because YOU don't like the game.

Spoken like someone who has mastered the game, not realizing that if there were no players, there would be no game.

The TSA is more akin to the Mafia; everyone knows they are a criminal organization because they really do nothing to hide it. Yet they somehow manage to avoid being held accountable, both individually and collectively. Sure, occasionally one of the low hanging fruit will get picked up for something, but the higher-ups and the organization as a whole are generally untouchable.

Your attack of Wintermute seems a little personal to me. Maybe it hits too close to home? Why the thinly- veiled name calling? It is a big leap from his "ire" to calling for the murder of innocent police officers. You well know this, but you also know that it's easier to make this false comparison than to make a logical argument.

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, are you done with your straw man argument and attack Wintermute? He certainly is not responsible for police being murdered.

Anonymous said...

Proof positive again that Boldy works for the Agency. If any of us tried to attack someone the way she did our post would never be approved. Yet somehow her's always make the grade.

Anonymous said...

Boldy, are you done with your straw man argument and attack Wintermute? He certainly is not responsible for police being murdered.

attack? not at all though I suppose you are OK with his attack of TSA officers? He has a problem with TSA thus he hates all TSA officers. That is no better than hating all cops because of a few, hating all members of one race because of a few and so on. I did not suggest he was responsible for the murder of cops, just that ignorance and intolerance which he seems to display is. I don't apologize for pointing out his flaws. Perhaps he should learn to judge people as individuals rather than collectives groups.

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, since you have attacked all TSA critics as a group, calling us stupid, ignorant, unemployed, etc., you might want to take your own advice.

And West might want to review blog policy before allowing your attack comments through.

Finally, Boldy, you suppose wrong.

Wintermute said...
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Wintermute said...

So, by your logic, we shouldn't take neo-Nazis and Klansmen to task for being part of those organizations. Or do I just have to tolerate the same things you do?

Wintermute said...

Also, it's a long way from "ire" to "hate." And yes, you pretty much did blame me for the murder of police officers.