Friday, July 1, 2016

TSA Week in Review: June 24th - 30th - Sixty-three Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags (54 Loaded)

Discovered firearms image

Sixty-three firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 24 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered inert grenades image

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. The grenades pictured here were discovered (L-R) at Houston (HOU), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU).




Discovered fireworks image
These fireworks were discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Piedmont Triad (GSO). Fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Read our 4th of July Travel Tips for more info.
Discovered knives image
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at JFK, DSM, ORD, RNO, PVD, SGJ, SFO, IAH, FAY and CHS



Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list
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.



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

33 comments:

efgum said...

How stupid can people be??

Anonymous said...

I'm seeing more .380's in the carry ons.

Anonymous said...

Any comment on the disabled woman beaten bloody by the TSA when she became confused when they tried to drag her away for additional screening? (http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/disabled-woman-beaten-bloody-by-tsa-agents-after-becoming-confused-and-afraid-at-security-checkpoint/)


?


... thought not. Keep up the good public relations effort, there, Bob!

Anonymous said...

Watched the news report--neither you are the local press got it correct. The Memphis police, not the TSA, apprehended the woman. Sounds like there is another side of the story that isn't being told be either you or the press. The TSA has told you all multiple times in this blog that local law enforcement has arrest authority at the screening points. Why do you all continually get this wrong? And no, I'm not TSA, but unlike you, I definitely have knowledge of screening operations.

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...

But how many actual terrorists did you catch?

Other than the teenage brain tumor patient you had smashed into the floor, that is.

Anonymous said...

Any comment on the disabled woman beaten bloody by the TSA when she became confused when they tried to drag her away for additional screening?

I, much like you do not know what happened at the checkpoint. Some reports say TSA took her to the ground, most say the police did it. I, unlike you will wait until I see an official report of a video before blaming anyone. My first thought however is, perhaps she shouldn't have tried to run and maybe the parents should have told TSA ahead of time that she had special needs. But as I said, Ill wait until the official report is out.

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to know and perhaps a cautionary bit of information for the flying public who subscribe to this informative report to learn just how many people are arrested and how many are are not for carrying a firearm to a flight.
It also would be helpful to know the settlement of those individuals who are not arrested.

Fix the TSA said...

West, when someone goes through the TSA's millimeter wave (MMW) scanner, commonly called the nudie scanner or naked pic scanner, and the scanner gives a false positive (you and Boldy may call it "an anolmaly") on a small fold of cloth of the shirt on the upper right shoulder, what is the correct procedure for feeling up (you & Boldy may call it "resolving the alarm") the innocent passenger?

What would YOU do or what is the procedure at YOUR airport screening area when this happens?

Does it involve stroking and rubbing the passenger's entire back several times in a rough manner?

Why would a false positive on a specific small area of the shoulder require a screener to rub his hands across and down the entire back of the passenger multiple times?

Will you give an actual reply this time instead of the snarky response when I asked about this a couple of blog posts ago?

*screenshot*

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Any comment on the disabled woman beaten bloody by the TSA when she became confused when they tried to drag her away for additional screening?"

Anon sez - "Other than the teenage brain tumor patient you had smashed into the floor, that is."

Reports on the unfortunate incident in Memphis are inaccurate. The interaction with TSA at the checkpoint did not result in of the injuries that are being claimed. Police responded when the passenger refused screening, and refused to leave. We cannot comment further due to pending litigation.

West
TSA Blog Team

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, why should a parent have to call the TSA to prevent abuse of her disabled daughter? They had flown through that airport dozens of times already.

I guess they were just lucky she wasn't abused before, right? Because TSA procedures and policies are built to abuse. They don't allow for accommodations for disabled people. (Violating ADA?)

It appears the metal detector went off on her clothes. Stupid, but possible. The screener could have let the girl remove her outer shirt and go through the detector again. This would have "proved" this disabled cancer survivor wasn't a "terrorist."

But instead of being smart. Instead of being practical. Instead of being logical. The screeners tried to force her into an unfamiliar situation. The young lady was disoriented and confused due to her illness and treatment. Her reaction could be expected and was explained by her mother. The TSA ignored the mother.

Your lack of sympathy for the girl and blaming her for the TSA's failures and the cop's overreaction is typical, Boldy.

Maybe the TSA should just treat people with respect and dignity, not like the "enemy" in the first place.

Maybe screeners could listen to the caregivers of disabled people instead of ignoring them.

The cops need never have been called if the TSA had proper procedures, screeners had proper training, and actually thought about what they were doing.

It's sickening how this young lady was treated and how you're excusing it.

Fix the TSA said...

No reply to my question again, West?

How does multiple rubs and touches of the lower left side of a passenger's back "resolve the alarm" triggered on the upper right shoulder?

Why do you refuse to reply to this simple question?

Wintermute said...

Thought you said you wouldn't comment on incidents such as this where everything is still ongoing. To say reports are inaccurate IS a comment.

Susan Richart said...

Is this really Shari writing: " My first thought however is, perhaps she shouldn't have tried to run and maybe the parents should have told TSA ahead of time that she had special needs."

You need to understand that Hannah and her mother had been through checkpoints several times as they have been going to St. Jude's for 17 years. Why would they even think that something like this might happen?

TSA needs to treat all people with respect and it should not be necessary to call ahead for assistance in order to get through a checkpoint without an issue.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

FK said...

Anonymous (July 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM) said...

I, much like you do not know what happened at the checkpoint. Some reports say TSA took her to the ground, most say the police did it.


The mother's own words were:

"Hannah, no doubt confused and absolutely terrified, attempted to break free of the agents, and the TSA agents then took the disabled young woman to the ground — violently. “She’s trying to get away from them, but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor,” Cohen said, recounting the moment TSA agents tackled her disabled daughter and threw the young woman to the ground." -http://www.inquisitr.com/3264274/hannah-cohen-disabled-woman-badly-beaten-by-tsa-on-return-home-from-brain-tumor-treatment/

I, unlike you will wait until I see an official report of a video before blaming anyone.

Okay. Where is the video? Oh, yeah, the TSA hasn't released it yet. I wonder why. ::eyeroll::

My first thought however is, perhaps she shouldn't have tried to run

She was startled when they grabbed her suddenly. In her own words: "when the guards grabbed each of her arms it startled her, she said. “I tried. To push away,” she said. “I tried to get away.”"

and maybe the parents should have told TSA ahead of time that she had special needs.

They had been traveling through that same airport for 17 YEARS with no problems. Why did the mom suddenly need to give the TSA advance warning THIS TIME??

Oh, and she DID tell the supervisor when the situation started: "Seeing the scene begin to unfold, Shirley hobbled to a supervisor standing nearby. “She is a St Jude’s patient, and she can get confused,” she said. “Please be gentle. If I could just help her, it will make things easier.”" - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/02/disabled-cancer-patient-tsa-lawsuit-memphis-airport

But as I said, Ill wait until the official report is out.

No doubt long after it has fallen out of the news. Wow... it's almost like they delay on purpose....

FK said...

GSOLTSO said...
Reports on the unfortunate incident in Memphis are inaccurate. The interaction with TSA at the checkpoint did not result in of the injuries that are being claimed.


Pictures don't lie.

Police responded when the passenger refused screening,

Police WERE CALLED BY THE TSA when the young disabled woman became confused and had her arms grabbed by the TSA AGENTS. Being confused and frightened by people grabbign you IS NOT the same as 'refusing screening'.

and refused to leave.

But we were told she was tackled when she ran off. So, which is it- was she running (ie: leaving), or not leaving?

We cannot comment further due to pending litigation.

Ah, the all-purpose excuse...

Anonymous said...

"Reports on the unfortunate incident in Memphis are inaccurate."

Post the video, then.

Anonymous said...

Myth: blogger bob and the tSA are not subject to US law concerning battery, assault, assault under the color of law, depraved indifference to human life, and conspiracy to deprive Hannah Cohen of her civil rights.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...

Reports on the unfortunate incident in Memphis are inaccurate. The interaction with TSA at the checkpoint did not result in of the injuries that are being claimed. Police responded when the passenger refused screening, and refused to leave. We cannot comment further due to pending litigation.

West
TSA Blog Team

July 4, 2016 at 5:31 AM
............
So tell us in TSA's view what happened.

What are the facts?

Did TSA call the police and why.

Where was the terminal TSM who is required to be on duty during screening operations?

Who was the senior checkpoint manager and what actions did they take to deescalate the screening?

Who was doing the screening?

What happened that frightened the young lady?

How did the young lady get injured?

Who was directly responsible for the injuries the young lady sustained?

I for one believe that the normal incompetence and unprofessionalism of TSA employees started the chain of events that led to this young ladies injuries.

But I am willing to hear TSA's side of the question.

Anonymous said...

Did TSA employees illegally detain the girl at Memphis?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous FK said...
Anonymous (July 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM) said...

The mother's own words were:

oh, well that must make it true then. After all, OJ said he didn't do it, Hillary said she didn't send any secret emails..

As long as Mom said it why even investigate it, why go to trial. Just pay her off, it has to be true and accurate.

Anonymous said...

Hey naysayers--watched and read the article again. It looks like the local TV station has narrowed down the picture of Hannah so you can't see who is behind her that has her in custody. You all are quick to blame the TSA for altering pictures. Have you contacted the local TV station yet on this to get the full shot? I haven't seen video of the encounter yet either--do you have a link for that?

Anonymous said...

Hannah Cohen will not be forgotten.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...Anonymous FK said...Anonymous (July 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM) said...The mother's own words were:oh, well that must make it true then. After all, OJ said he didn't do it, Hillary said she didn't send any secret emails..As long as Mom said it why even investigate it, why go to trial. Just pay her off, it has to be true and accurate.July 7, 2016 at 8:01 AM
...............
Not only did OJ say he didn't do it but a jury agreed. Kinda like when TSA says they didn't do it.

We all know the real truth.

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, this is at least the third time you've attacked either President Obama or the presumptive Democratic candidate for President when you want to call a fellow commenter a liar.

Why do you attempt to politicize a non-partisan issue - the terrible waste of taxpayer dollars known as the TSA?

West - this comment meets blog policy, so don't delete this reply to Boldy.

*screenshot*

Fix the TSA said...

@Anonymous of July 7, 2016 at 2:59pm

I assume you are calling me a 'naysayer'.

It is probably the police who threw Hannah Cohen to the ground.

The police were only there to abuse the teenage cancer survivor at the behest of the TSA. The TSA failed to manage the duration in the first place, called the police, and are directly responsible for what happened to the disabled young lady.

Fix the TSA said...

Bold TSApologist, why the hyperbolic response and accusation about Hannah Cohen's mother?

In what way is Hannah Cohen's mother like convicted criminal and unconvicted murderer OJ Simpson?

Can't wait to see the jumps and twists you'll do to answer this question, Bold TSApologist.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob,

You cut off the rightmost photos in the third and fourth rows of the "guns.JPG" gun montage photo.

The rightmost "grenade" photo is extremely blurry. Was the original photo that blurry or did you zoom in on a small portion of a photo which created a pixelated image?

Anonymous said...

Fix the TSA said...
Boldy, why should a parent have to call the TSA to prevent abuse of her disabled daughter? They had flown through that airport dozens of times already. I didn't say they should, I said they could.

I guess they were just lucky she wasn't abused before, right? Because TSA procedures and policies are built to abuse. They don't allow for accommodations for disabled people. (Violating ADA?) as a person with a family member with special needs, I can tell you, TSA does a lot to accommodate those with needs, in my experience.

It appears the metal detector went off on her clothes. Stupid, but possible. The screener could have let the girl remove her outer shirt and go through the detector again. This would have "proved" this disabled cancer survivor wasn't a "terrorist." where you there? do you know what he did or didn't do? Me either.

But instead of being smart. Instead of being practical. Instead of being logical. The screeners tried to force her into an unfamiliar situation. The young lady was disoriented and confused due to her illness and treatment. Her reaction could be expected and was explained by her mother. The TSA ignored the mother. again, where you there? Me either

Your lack of sympathy for the girl and blaming her for the TSA's failures and the cop's overreaction is typical, Boldy. its not a case of lack of sympathy. I just will not condemn TSA until I know what happened.

Maybe the TSA should just treat people with respect and dignity, not like the "enemy" in the first place. I think in about 99% of the cases, they do. I travel enough, I see what goes on. I have never seen a TSA officer out of line unless reacting to a out of line passenger. Just my experience, Im sure yours are 100% different. Its always the TSAs fault.

Maybe screeners could listen to the caregivers of disabled people instead of ignoring them.

The cops need never have been called if the TSA had proper procedures, screeners had proper training, and actually thought about what they were doing. that is your assumption having not been there.

It's sickening how this young lady was treated and how you're excusing it. I am absolutely NOT excusing it. I am just not calling TSA guilty until I know what happened. I am not jumping to conclusions as you appear to be.


Wintermute said...

A TSAgent should not act out of line even when dealing with ab out of line traveller. To do so would be unprofessional and should result in immediate disciplinary action. Travellers, however, can act however they want. They aren't the ones being paid to deal with the BS.

Greg said...

I review this report on a fairly regular basis and there seems to be a trend towards more loaded weapons in carry-on's. Seems to be about the same number overall, but more and more chambered guns appear in each report. I'm sure some are "accidents" as stated by TSA and some are idiot pranksters trying to see what they can get through, but it's not a good trend. I would like some type of followup stat showing what happens to these dumb people Arrested? Fined? Slapped on the wrist?

Wintermute said...

Hmmm... spam... but TSA's moderation team doesn't care because "but it follows guidelines!" Perhaps it's time for either new guidelines, or a moderation team that is allowed to think for themselves.

Mike Toreno said...

Clerk Greg, what happens 95% of the time to the people with weapons is that the clerks detect that the passengers in front of them and behind them have cupcakes and water, while they themselves pass through the checkpoint with their weapons, take them on the plane without incident, land, and proceed to their destinations.