Friday, July 29, 2016

TSA Week in Review July 22nd - 28th: 74 Firearms and More

Discovered firearms

TSA discovered 74 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 74 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

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. Three inert grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Quad City (MLI) and Philadelphia (PHL). One was discovered in a checked bag at Missoula (MSO).

Discovered knives, swords, and hatchet image
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, SNA, BOI, BGM, IAH and BGM


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

37 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, you lasted only one week in doing the gun montage close to correct. The past two show you've give back to your bad old habits: no time/date stamps, cutting off photos, using the same file name for multiple photos, using spaces and odd punctuation in file names, etc.

Did your manager only look at that one blog post three weeks ago and then go back to ignoring you?

I know what I need to do.

*screenshot*

Fix the TSA said...

West, why did you switch to a Saturday - Wednesday (?) approval schedule without letting anyone know? Your erratic and low comment approval percentage for all of the comments submitted by American taxpayers is not acceptable.

I know what I need to do.

*screenshot*

Adrian said...

Will this blog have a response to the government oversight report entitled Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public?

James Elsea said...

Great job TSA, thank you.

Fix the TSA said...

West, I have asked several times about the oft-deleted part 2of3 comment on the Jun 3 blog. Effort time I've asked about it, you've deleted my question. Why? Why are you deleting my questions? Why are you refusing to answer my question? Why are you refusing to approve a comment that meets blog policy - including this one?!

*screenshot*

Fix the TSA said...

West, why are you deleting comments that meet blog's commenting policy?

Fix the TSA said...

Looks like radio silence from West. He hasn't responded to questions in weeks. Too busy not approving comments.

(Anyone want to take bets that West will all of a sudden start responding to only the positive commenters again, with the excuse of being "busy" "on vacation" "etc"?)

Fix the TSA said...

West, the more American citizens' comments that you delay and delete, the more proof and evidence we have of blog policy and Constitutional violations by the TSA, you, Bob, and "HQ elements."

Anonymous said...

Oh come on Fix the TSA--where in the Constitution does it say you have the right to say whatever you want on a blog? We didn't even have computers when the Bill of Rights was ratified. If you want to exercise your 1st Amendment right, I recommend you publish your own blog. We'll see how many people flock to that one.

Anonymous said...

Yo Adrian (yes, I doubt the spelling is the same)! Although I'm not TSA, I did peruse the report you linked. While the House committee did give several examples of misconduct in the TSA, I don't think they even tried to prove that conduct made the flying public any less safe. Granted being mishandled by a TSA person is not proper behavior, I don't think that action made us any less safe. Any organization has people within it that decide not to behave properly. While in the DOD, I sat on several court martials for people who decided the rules didn't apply to them. Should we disband the military for a few bad apples?

RB said...

Fix the TSA said...
West, the more American citizens' comments that you delay and delete, the more proof and evidence we have of blog policy and Constitutional violations by the TSA, you, Bob, and "HQ elements."

July 31, 2016 at 3:22 PM
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West is a company man. He will do anything and everything to please the company.

Proof of this fact is found on this very blog.

RB said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Oh come on Fix the TSA--where in the Constitution does it say you have the right to say whatever you want on a blog? We didn't even have computers when the Bill of Rights was ratified. If you want to exercise your 1st Amendment right, I recommend you publish your own blog. We'll see how many people flock to that one.

August 1, 2016 at 10:06 AM
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When that blog is paid for with taxpayer money and operated by the government the full force of the First Amendment applies.

Censorship by government employees on the TSA Blog Team is both a criminal act and a Civil Rights violation which should subject these federal employees to severe sanctions.

What is it that TSA is afraid to let everyone read?

Wintermute said...

If this were not a government blog, I would agree. But it is, so I don't ;)

Wintermute said...

To use your terminology, should we treat all travellers as potential terrorists because of a few bad apples? And TSA is more than a few. It's rotten all the way through.

Anonymous said...

"..they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm"

We're the detection specialists called for the three fake grenades you have pictured? If not why not?

Anonymous said...

"...Anonymous Anonymous said...
Oh come on Fix the TSA--where in the Constitution does it say you have the right to say whatever you want on a blog? We didn't even have computers when the Bill of Rights was ratified. If you want to exercise your 1st Amendment right, I recommend you publish your own blog. We'll see how many people flock to that one."

Says the man (woman?) using a computer to exercise their first amendment rights to tell someone else their opinion about the first amendment.

Fix the TSA said...

On Aug 5, 8AM, twenty minutes after I submit a comment, several other comments are approved, but mine was not.

On Aug 5, 10PM, Bob posts a blog. My comment is still not approved.

West and Bob, what's going on? Was there some magical lag (not likely) or technical glitch (rarer than West wants us to think, but possible)? Is Bob forbidden from reviewing comments?

I'll resubmit my comment. Hopefully magic and technology will be on my side this time.

Fix the TSA said...

West, I've submitted a reply to Anonymous of Aug 1, 2016 at 10:06 AM twice. Where is it? Going to try a third time. This is like the constantly deleted Part 2 of 3 comment I've submitted at least for times on the June 3 post.

Third time's a charm?

Adrian said...

@Anonymous: We're not talking about "a few bad apples." Based on the numbers in the report, complaints were filed against more than 28,000 TSA employees in two fiscal years. The TSA employs about 60,000 people. That's more than 40% of the work force. Even if only a fraction of those complaints were valid, this is still far more than a few bad apples.

Even if you look only at allegations of misconduct (rather than complaints), the number is more than 1500, and it's growing at about 28.5% every two years while the workforce grows only by 1.6%. So even if you feel it's a small problem now, it won't be for long.

As for making the public less safe, even if you discount the splashy headlines about smuggling, human trafficking, and weapons violations, you can see that thousands of the misconduct allegations fall into the categories of Neglect of Duty, Screening and Security, Theft, Mishandling of Classified Information, etc. [Table 1 in Appendix I] If this type of misconduct isn't making us less safe, then the TSAs rules and procedures aren't really important in making us safer (which is a hypothesis I'm willing to entertain).

Fix the TSA said...

Three times my reply to Anonymous of August 1, 2016 at 10:06 AM had not been approved. Why, West?

@Anonymous - now do you see why I ask about deleted posts?!

Going to try a fourth time.

Fix the TSA said...

Fifth time...it's a charm! Part 3 of 3
@Anonymous Aug 1, 2016 at 10:06am -

You'll never know how long it takes some of us TSA critics to get a single comment approved. That frustration boils over sometimes. We do often have to post the same question or comment in different ways, hoping even ONE will get through.

Please know I will always disagree with your straw man argument and dismissive attitude towards the First Amendment.

As usual, *screenshot* and vague hope for approval.

(I'm betting part 2 never sees the light of day because I talk about my off-TSA blog options.)

Fix the TSA said...

Ah, what could possibly have been wrong with parts 1 and 2 of my comment? Nothing - just West playing games again.

Breaking this down some more: What is wrong with Part 1A? Will it be deleted?


This is a government website that accepts comments from the public. There is a written blog policy.

Your straw man argument that I want to say "whatever I want" is wrong. Are you new here? Like other commenters, I respond to the blog posts and other commenters. Like other commenters, I ask about TSA issues, actions, news articles, etc. Like other commenters, I have had many comments arbitrarily delayed or deleted that met blog policy by GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES on a GOVERNMENT WEBSITE.

Fix the TSA said...

Thank you, West for approving a couple of sections of my reply to Anonymous from a couple weeks ago.

So strange that it takes weeks to post a simple reply that meets blog policy. Part 1B coming up!

Fix the TSA said...

West, are we allowed to say "HQ elements"?

Fix the TSA said...

Part 1B of my reply to Anonymous of August 1, 2016 at 10:06AM

I have asked the questions (that were actually approved this time!) that appear above several times lately on previous posts. Most of my previous comments with the same questions and wording were deleted. I wouldn't have written the comments above if my previous ones had been approved on previous posts.

Think about that. "TSA social media team" refuses to approve comments. They refuse to say in particular who deleted the comments. There are TSA employees(?) that West refers to as "HQ elements" who allegedly exist and allegedly do things on this blog such as deleting comments.

The "TSA social media team" approve spam comments if they sound positive. They approve ALL positive comments.

RB said...

Blogger Fix the TSA said...
Part 1B of my reply to Anonymous of August 1, 2016 at 10:06AM

I have asked the questions (that were actually approved this time!) that appear above several times lately on previous posts. Most of my previous comments with the same questions and wording were deleted. I wouldn't have written the comments above if my previous ones had been approved on previous posts.

Think about that. "TSA social media team" refuses to approve comments. They refuse to say in particular who deleted the comments. There are TSA employees(?) that West refers to as "HQ elements" who allegedly exist and allegedly do things on this blog such as deleting comments.

The "TSA social media team" approve spam comments if they sound positive. They approve ALL positive comments.

August 16, 2016 at 5:33 PM
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The only names associated with the TSA blog are listed in the "Meet Our Bloggers" link found in the right margin of the homepage of www.blog.tsa.gov. So any comments that are not published, or are altered, or infringes on Rights under the FIRST Amendment, can rightfully be attributed to the named bloggers. It is they who are named that should be held accountable for these violations and failure to honor the Oath they took upon entering federal service in particular the section stating:

"I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

In other words any censorship by any TSA Blog employee is a chargeable offense and they should be fired for cause.

Susan Richart said...

Fix the TSA - file a complaint with the TSA's office of civil rights or the DHS IG or even the TSA itself - or better yet, all three.

screen shot/DHS IG statement

Fix the TSA said...

Susan, I have submitted a couple of complaints up the chain. I'll have to see how far I need to go to simply comment here without delay or deletion. My last few comments in newer posts have survived the gauntlet.

The arbitrary nature of comment deletion is almost schizophrenic. Commenters never know why their comments are deleted. Commenters never know when there will be a delay.

The lack of transparency in such a small thing as this blog is ridiculous. These are government employees. This is a government website. Our tax dollars are being wasted, as well as our time due to the actions of West, Bob, and "HQ elements".

Fix the TSA said...

Attempting Part 2 of 3 now, breaking it down too.

Fix the TSA said...

Part 2A of 3 reply to Anonymous from few weeks ago:
Government employees on a government website are suppressing negative, critical, or questioning comments by the taxpaying public on a government website. Think about that for a moment, please.

As for starting my own blog, of course that is an option I'm working on. Why do you care how many readers I will have?

Having my own blog does not mean I do not have a right to comment here. That does not mean I'll stop commenting here.

Fix the TSA said...

Part 2B of 3...you know the drill by now


If you have been a reader here for long, Anonymous, you would know that if West, Bob, and the "HQ elements" do something right, I will thank them. When they mess up, like they have for the past several weeks, suppressing my comments that meet blog policy, I will speak up.

Fix the TSA said...

Please note that it took over ten separate submissions and over two weeks for a single comment of mine to be approved, and it is broken up into six separate comments.

Any other American taxpayer see a problem here?

Wintermute said...

And every single part is published, even though it took that much effort? Therefore, we know it follows blog guidelines, so the only reason I could think for it to be denied as a whole is someone was too lazy to read the whole thing, and assumed it didn't.

Fix the TSA said...

Wintermute,

That is one reason. There seems to be a few different moderators, one who deletes most critical comments, another who knows the Constitution, and others that sit on their hands.

Another reason it took so many tries is that West was trying to delay my comment for a couple of weeks so the other commenter and most readers wouldn't see it, because by now this post is back a few pages.

Suppression by delay is just as bad as suppression by deletion.

Wintermute said...

There's a saying about not attributing malice to things that can be explained by incompetence ;) I'm not sure there are other moderators here, as when West takes a leave, comments come grinding to a halt (possible exception of Boldy) so it's more likely West delaying things.

Fix the TSA said...

Wintermute,

You have a point. Based upon what we can see here, Bob is not allowed to "approve" or respond to blog posts. Maybe West made up the "HQ elements," but I think Lynn Dean did some moderating here too.

Remember how West would never say what Lynn Dean did as a member of the TSA blog team? She wrote only a few posts over several years. I used the Internet Archive to see earlier versions of the Meet the Blog Team post. (Note that they never indicate they've made updates to that post, but they must have or Bob would have worked at the TSA before it existed. LOL!)

Lynn Dean was a Blogger and Moderator. Maybe she was the "HQ element"? It makes sense since West stopped talking about HQ elements at the same time they removed Lynn's paragraph on this blog.

West is the main moderator. Why he gets so delete-happy and other times allows everything is inconsistent at best. (See the duplicate comment in the August 19-25, 2016 post and the spam posts he's allowed over the past couple of months).