Friday, August 26, 2016

TSA Week in Review August 19th - 25th - 63 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week (57 Loaded)


TSA discovered 63 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 57 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the 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. Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Seven inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Five were discovered in checked bags at Akron–Canton (CAK), Raleigh–Durham (RDU) and San Luis Obispo County (SBP). Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Des Moines (DSM) and San Francisco (SFO). Grenades pictured were discovered at (L-R): SBP, RDU, and CAK.

Discovered batarang image
A batarang was discovered in a carry-on bag at Charlottesville–Albemarle (CHO).
Discovered knives image
All of these knives were discovered in a traveler's carry-on bag at Memphis (MEM).
Discovered knives image
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: JFK, CKB, PHX, PVD, ORD, JFK, CHO, CHO, PHX, CHO, CAE, BNA and PHX


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

18 comments:

Chip and Andy said...

"..because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm"

Was the explosives team called out for any of the five inert grenades shown in the photos? And are they the ones that determine if the item in question is inert?

Doober said...

Trying to limit comments, Bob, by requiring a Google or other registered account in order to respond? Isn't that a restriction of our First Amendment Right of Free Speech?

screen shot/DHS IG Statement

RB said...

Left out of the count TSA's abuse of a 9 year old boy. TSA should be proud of that grand achievement.



So no more Anon posters eh TSA? Now what will Boldy do?

Fix the TSA said...

Who decided to remove the option of Anonymous posting, West? Why was this decision made? Was there any public notice of this change? I did a quick look over the past few posts and did not see any mention of it.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob,

I see a couple of time and date stamps in the gun and inert/replica grenades, which is good.

There is one major issue: the first knife photo from Memphis https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-18fWSkV-1XQ/V8DUf00FruI/AAAAAAAAIT0/UEpFOhc1Qs8ap3MToL_yVokngtObk5QKwCLcB/s1600/MEM.jpg has a fake time and date stamp.

Real and accurate time and date stamps is one method American citizens can use to check the veracity and ethics of TSA employees. Fake time and date stamps, whether added by you or another TSA employee, is unethical and unprofessional. By including this photo in your blotter post, Bob, you and the TSA have lied to all Americans.

I have saved a screenshot and the file itself, Bob, so you can remove the fake photo and publicly note the removal in this blog post at your convenience.

Additionally, five INERT and REPLICA grenades were found in checked bags. As Chip and Andy ask above, were "explosives detection professionals" notified and clear the items? If so, then why were the items seized? They were not a threat to aviation safety since they were INERT and REPLICA. Also,they were not accessible to passengers, so even Boldy can't be worried about some jerk trying to scare other passengers with a fake grenade.

*screenshot*

john barker said...

@Fix the TSA


Sometimes I wonder why you hate TSA.
They didn't let something of yours through?
Or maybe you just like messing with people.
Probably one bad experience marked you for life.

They do a job you dislike.
Realize that private or federal it will be the same one.
Oh my god, what is your infatuation with those pictures.
Look at picture x, missing time stamp, fake time stamp.
Lastly, take a deep breath, count to 10 and relax, enjoy life.

Almost forgot, SCREENSHOT/OIG STATEMENT

Chip and Andy said...

Mr Baker said..."Realize that private or federal it will be the same one."

And private providers will be more accountable to the passengers. Oh, and it puts the responsibility for security back where it belongs... With the equipment owners.


Folowed by... "Oh my god, what is your infatuation with those pictures."

As has been said before, if the TSA can't get something as simple as photos right how can we possibly trust them with something as complex as security? If they are telling lies for the small things, like photos, then what else are they telling lies about?

Fix the TSA said...

Calm down, john barker. I expect government employees to do their jobs. I notice errors in Bob and West's work, so I speak up.

Do you like the government lying to you, john? Do you like them changing the facts, covering up mistakes, and flat out lying to taxpayers?

Not sure how long you've been reading this blog, john, but it's Susan who uses the phrase "screenshot/OIG statement".

#KnowYourTSAMemes

Boldly said...

Left out of the count TSA's alleged abuse of a 9 year old boy. TSA should be proud of that grand achievement.



So no more Anon posters eh TSA? Now what will Boldy do?

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy - you really missed it in your "rewriting" of RB's comment. It looks like you are insulting the TSA and commenting about yourself in the third person.

It is very clear that the TSA overreacted in the 9 yr old boy incident. Accounts of 18 screeners, managers, etc, all the way up to the airport FSD surrounding the mom and her son. Followed by an airline rep taking the family from the screening area to the gate. If the typical screener at that airport can't handle a stressed mom and a sick little kid without calling in so many troops and high level management, they need to be replaced.

Then the TSA says in Nico's statement that they are reaching out to the mom. Nico must have short arms because the mom was asked about it and she said no one had contacted her at that time.

I'm sure, Boldy, you will continue to blame sick children and their mothers for TSA training and hiring problems, but the rest of us can see the waste and abuse perpetrated by TSA employees.

Boldly said...

I'm sure, Boldy, you will continue to blame sick children and their mothers for TSA training and hiring problems, but the rest of us can see the waste and abuse perpetrated by TSA employees.


no, not at all. I, unlike you and many others just refrain from assigning blame until I know the facts. Remember Memphis? You were all so quick to blame TSA when "after video review" we found that TSA was no where near the incident. I guess I have a thing about egg on my face.

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, your copy/paste reply is deflection. There is no video publicly released that shows what the TSA did during the screening of Hannah Cohen and her mother. There is no video showing what occurred at the time the TSA called the police. Right? The video starts when the police arrive or after they have arrived?

You have been corrected multiple times by multiple people already. I for one did not say the TSA and only the TSA threw Hannah to the floor and arrested her.

We all have said the TSA failed to do their job correctly because they could not manage to screen a teen cancer survivor and injured mother without resorting to calling the police. The TSA is entirely responsible for their failure to handle the initial situation. The TSA is entirely responsible for calling the police in the first place.

Do you get it this time?

Doober said...

Boldy wrote: "You were all so quick to blame TSA when "after video review" we found that TSA was no where near the incident."

In the video of the incident there are clearly three TSA agents with the police, one male, one female, one suit. Did you even view the video, Boldy?

The video of the actual screening is awful, but it does look as if a TSA agent touched Hannah while she was gathering her things. Actually, it also looks as if the mother was touched also as soon as she left the scanner. I wonder if the TSA agents asked permission to touch either one of them.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Wintermute said...

You must not, because TSA is far from blameless.

Doober said...

Actually, Fix, there is video of the screening but it is awful - at least on my computer:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/27110177-post283.html

Boldly said...

Boldy, your copy/paste reply is deflection. There is no video publicly released that shows what the TSA did during the screening of Hannah Cohen and her mother. the issue was not the screening. There was no claim that the screening was improper. The claim was that TSA took her down and caused her to bleed. This is absolutely false. There is no video showing what occurred at the time the TSA called the police. Right? The video starts when the police arrive or after they have arrived? correct, because prior to the police arriving, there was no claim of mistreatment.

You have been corrected multiple times by multiple people already. no, other people have given their opinions. Nobody has corrected me for I have not been wrong. I for one did not say the TSA and only the TSA threw Hannah to the floor and arrested her.

We all have said the TSA failed to do their job correctly because they could not manage to screen a teen cancer survivor and injured mother without resorting to calling the police. that does not indicate a failure on the part of TSA. The TSA is entirely responsible for their failure to handle the initial situation. in your opinion having not been there. The TSA is entirely responsible for calling the police in the first place. Quite possibly one of the most ridiculous comments ever made. So now we blame the actions of police officers on those who called them? OMG...
Do you get it this time? of course I get it. You and so many others are so angry with TSA that there is no way in the world they could ever do anything correctly. Even when video absolutely exonerates them, you will find something to nit pick and assign blame. The fact is the mother blamed TSA for taking her daughter down. You guys jumped on her band wagon prior to it being proven false...I mean proven to be a lie. Now that that lie doesn't hold any water, you will find another way to blame TSA. Again having not been there, you will take the word of the mother even though she has been proven to be inaccurate in her story of what happened. Most of you have a real sick fascination with TSA. You are so hell bent on finding blame where it may not belong. Yes, I absolutely get it this time.

Fix the TSA said...

Apparently, Boldy, you refuse to understand when I say the TSA terribly mismanaged the Hannah Cohen screening, to the point that they called the police on a teen cancer survivor and mother.

You also refuse to understand that the mother was confused about who "took down" her sick teenage daughter because the TSA chooses to dress their screeners like real law enforcement.

Finally, you choose to repeatedly accuse me of saying things I didn't say.

The TSA messed up. Your hatred for TSA critics and blind devotion to the TSA, which you've never explained despite many inquiries, causes you to defend the indefensible.

The TSA screeners should have been able to handle a simple screening of a teenage cancer survivor and her mother. When Hannah's outer shirt triggered the metal detector, the screener should have allowed Hannah to remove it and put it through the x-ray and walk through the metal detector again. I've seen screeners do this many times for shoes with metal shanks.

The TSA screeners should have listened to the mom when she tried to explain her daughter was ill and easily confused, plus had vision and/or hearing problems.

The TSA didn't do these simple things, so the situation spun out of control, and the TSA called the police on Hannah.

Your repeated refusal to listen and understand what happened to Hannah Cohen only gives me and other TSA critics more opportunities to explain and educate new blog readers. Thank you. Thank you for your wild claims, your poor method of replying, and your oddly passionate love of the TSA. You have helped us TSA critics more than you will ever admit.

(West - submitting second time because I'm not sure first one went through for technical reasons.)

Fix the TSA said...

Doober, thanks for the update on the Cohen TSA screening video. I wasn't aware it had been released.