Friday, August 12, 2016

TSA Week in Review August 5th - 11th - A Record Breaking 78 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week - 68 Loaded

Discovered firearms

TSA discovered a record breaking 78 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 78 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. The previous record of 74 firearms was set in May of 2016. 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. Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Eugene (EUG) and Las Vegas (LAS). The other two were discovered in checked bags at Appleton (ATW) and Columbia (CAE). The grenades pictured are from (l-r) LAS and ATW.

Discovered cane swords

A cane sword was discovered this week in carry-on property at Omaha (OMA).

Discovered concealed knife in pill bottle
A knife was discovered concealed in a pill bottle at San Francisco (SFO). All knives are prohibited and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at ATW, CLT, JFK, SFO and OAK.


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

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

just saw the checkpoint video from memphis. i am glad that the tsa did not respond until the video was released. i will be curious to see the response on here now that it has been released. i doubt that the anti-tsa folks will provide any comments as this has been the case since the blogs inception. i would like to see the blog go away as no matter what is presented here it is never good enough.

Fix the TSA said...

In all of the photos on this blog, only one (a knife photo) has a time/date stamp, Bob. I haven't confirmed it is real, Bob.

Why do you name every gun montage file week after week "guns.jpg", Bob? A couple of times you called it "firearms.jpg". Although it's better than the horribly bad for HTML file names with spaces, commas, etc, it is very bad file management to name multiple different photos the same name.

Why do you do you that, Bob?

Why do you refuse to include time/date stamps, Bob?

Why do you repeatedly reuse a very old filename for the knife photos, Bob? One of those bad file names with commas and spaces - starts with "Clock". You haven't posted the photo with a novelty clock since last year, right, Bob? Why do you reuse a filename about a clock when there is no clock, Bob?

(Wonder if West will approve this? He's been quite on a delete run lately. What do you think, Bob?)

*screenshot for proof*

Redgage said...

Thanks for catching these items, I see a lot of ignorant people asking. The way you present this, with all the pictures of the guns you found, is frightening and can make people very anxious about travelling by airplane in our country. As it is said above it would be better to tell the proportion of people with guns trying to bring them in the plane because people reading your blog will not automatically calculate it. Because this proportion is actually very low, it could rassure travellers to travel by airplane in USA.

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...

Unless there is automatic confiscation of the firearm and automatic fines, which are publicized nothing will change. The fines should include costs associated with the slowing down of the line. Also, the fines should escalate with each repeated offense.

One of the problems is that the prohibited items list is displayed too late (in Security line). It should be prominently displayed on tickets (kind of like smoking warning for cigarette packages), both electronic and paper. This would remind people, before they leave home what is NOT allowed.

Anonymous said...

Good for the TSA ! I can't believe the number of ignorant dummies who insist upon carrying guns (loaded, no less!), etc. on airplanes. Maybe there should be 6-month jail penalty for these infractions.

Patrick said...

This is serious... The pain at which guys will go to conceal weapons.

Fix the TSA said...

Does the video show the screening of Hannah Cohen? How the screeners acted towards Hannah and her mother from the moment they entered the screening area? How they handled the screening? The screeners summoning the police?

The TSA couldn't work with a young cancer survivor and her mother to get through a simple screening. That is TSA's failure. That is always TSA's failure.

Screenshot

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, did you see the video of the TSA interaction with Ms. Cohen? I didn't.

Wintermute said...

These are just the ones that weren't trying. With a 95% failure rate, a little effort would have got these through.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Good for the TSA ! I can't believe the number of ignorant dummies who insist upon carrying guns (loaded, no less!), etc. on airplanes. Maybe there should be 6-month jail penalty for these infractions.

August 13, 2016 at 11:07 AM


Why would a person who is carrying a gun carry it empty?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they simply have the pictures in a folder which is dated? If you are so sure of your conspiracy theory, why don't you look back in all the previous posts to see if the same picture appeared before?

Kelvin said...

Wow. Its crazy to think that the next guy beside you could be hiding a gun. So dangerous!

SSSS for some reason said...

".. and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest."

Was there an arrest? If not why not?

Anonymous said...

You know what's funny? There are people who make a point of coming onto this blog and repeating the same comments over and over again - about body scanners, time/date stamps, etc. But they never really bother to address the fact that there are still people trying to bring knives and loaded firearms onto airplanes, 15 years after 9/11. And we'll never know why people are doing this - because of ill intent? Because of ignorance? Because they want to test out the screening/security equipment?

Anonymous said...

Your captcha is completely out of control. Get it fixed.

Wintermute said...

There really is no reason knives should be prohibited, as taking over a plane with a knife is never going to happen again. As for find, the percentage of people carrying, even given the TSA's published failure rates, compared to the total number of passengers, is statistically insignificant.

Both of these points have been made in the past, which shows that we do, indeed, address these issues. How about the TSA address the ones we repeatedly ask about. Maybe then we won't have to keep asking.

Anonymous said...

"But they never really bother to address the fact that there are still people trying to bring knives and loaded firearms onto airplanes, 15 years after 9/11. And we'll never know why people are doing this "

We can, however, know why people are NOT doing this - absolutely none of these weapons were carried by terrorists, people with terroristic intent, or ties to terrorism. We know that because there have been zero prosecutions and zero convictions of the people carrying these weapons. At worst, they were trying to get a knife on a plane because they didn't want to throw it away or pay to check a bad. Most likely, they're simply incredibly foolish or absent minded - much more forgivable with a pocket knife than a gun.

But we know none of them were terrorists of any sort, because if they were, TSA would be trumpeting their prosecutions and convictions on this very blog.

Which means the ONLY reason for these police blotter posts is to try to keep people scared and hope we'll forget about the 95% false negative rate of TSA's screening and the 100% false positive rate of their overly invasive, slow, and ineffective screening technology.

Anonymous said...

Three ounce bottle + blue dye #1 + 3% H2O2 = absolutely nothing but a clueless TSA.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Kelvin said...
Wow. Its crazy to think that the next guy beside you could be hiding a gun. So dangerous!

August 14, 2016 at 11:03 PM

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SPAM!!!! So Dangerous!!!!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, the guy in line in front of you at the grocery store, pharmacy or bank could also be carrying a gun.

Fix the TSA said...

@Anonymous of August 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM

Perhaps Bob has local folders with dates on them. Are there dated public Internet folders available?

I am not inclined to think Bob is so organized based upon what he displays here. He is welcome to prove me wrong. I would sincerely be glad if he actually was organized and showed it here. (I hate wasted tax dollars caused by such easily fixable inefficiencies.)

I do not have a "conspiracy theory"
about Bob's bad file management. Do you? I would love to hear it!

I and others do check Bob's work - we must be vigilant and hold our government accountable.

We have found several instances where Bob reused photos, manipulated photos, mislabeled items in the photos and never corrected them, and also made text or image edits without publicly noting the changes.

These are not good, professional, or ethical habits Bob puts forth.

I would like to see a change in Bob's behavior, but am not certain how to influence those changes.

Do you have any suggestions?

Wintermute said...

Sarcasm? Or serious? Because if the latter, you do realize that, depending on where you live, you are likely surrounded by guns without even realizing it.

Anonymous said...

"But they never really bother to address the fact that there are still people trying to bring knives and loaded firearms onto airplanes, 15 years after 9/11. And we'll never know why people are doing this "

We can, however, know why people are NOT doing this - absolutely none of these weapons were carried by terrorists, people with terroristic intent, or ties to terrorism. as far as you know We know that because there have been zero prosecutions and zero convictions of the people carrying these weapons. because almost all knives are abandoned at the checkpoint or the passenger leaves the checkpoint to put them in a car or what ever. Your reasoning is remarkable flawed At worst, they were trying to get a knife on a plane because they didn't want to throw it away or pay to check a bad. Most likely, they're simply incredibly foolish or absent minded - much more forgivable with a pocket knife than a gun. you have absolutely no way of knowing or supporting your assumptions. For all we know, TSA has stopped dozens of planed terror attacks. There is just absolutely no way to know.


But we know none of them were terrorists of any sort, because if they were, TSA would be trumpeting their prosecutions and convictions on this very blog. again, you thought process is flawed. Prohibited items do not always end in prosecution or even a ticket. Most are simply not allowed to go on the plane. Thus, there is no way to know either way.

Which means the ONLY reason for these police blotter posts is to try to keep people scared and hope we'll forget about the 95% false negative rate of TSA's screening and the 100% false positive rate of their overly invasive, slow, and ineffective screening technology.

Anonymous said...

But they never really bother to address the fact that there are still people trying to bring knives and loaded firearms onto airplanes, 15 years after 9/11. And we'll never know why people are doing this

and there are still people with a desire to bring planes down and kill Americans.
The reality is, contrary to what some of the haters here think, TSA is NOT in the terrorist business. TSA is there to insure safe travel. Really nothing more, nothing less. To date, they have a 100% success rate. There have been zero attacks on an American based flight since the inception of TSA. Now is that because of TSA? Who knows. Some say no because they have not caught any terrorists. As I said, they are not there to catch terrorists. Never has been. never will be. The other side of the coin is perhaps TSA has been enough of a deterrent that those with ill intent are looking for other targets.
If TSA had caught the knife cutters on 9-11, the largest terror attack in history would have been prevented. and not a single person would have known about it. not one. The box cutter would have been removed and the terrorists would have left the airport frustrated or taken their flights frustrated. Nobody would have any idea that thousands of lives were saved.
The same is true today. it is possible that TSA has saved thousands of lives or maybe just one. Nobody knows and nobody can say either way with any sense of accuracy. I tend to think and believe that they have saved lives either by being a road block to evil or by removing the tools of destruction from those with I'll intent.
All I know for sure is there have been ZERO attacks on an American based flight yet in 2015 there were over 27,000 terrorist attacks at other locations world wide.

Fix the TSA said...

At Anonymous of August 15, 2016 at 9:49AM

The problems with the TSA are legion. Addressing their public relations flaws is a small step in the right direction.

The TSA treats everyone like a terrorist, so it doesn't matter to them why someone brings an "unallowed" item. That person will be treated by the TSA like a terrorist.

Doober said...

Boldy, since you know so much you should know that the knives the terrorists brought on board on 9/11 were allowed.

Fix the TSA said...

Boldy, you're only repeating illogical and incorrect statements you've made previously, and have been thoroughly reputed by other commenters.

Trying to deflect our attention from the TSA mess up in JFK?

Repeating false claims doesn't make them true.

The TSA never would have stopped the attacks on 9/11/01, and you know it.

Box cutters were allowed on 9/11/01.

Cockpit doors weren't locked on 9/01/11.

Passengers and flight crews were told to comply with hijackers on 9/01/11.

It was not the non-governmental screeners who were to blame for 9/11/01.

Get your facts straight.

Also, since the TSA misses up to 95% of all weapons going through screening areas, chances are good they would have missed the box cutters on 9/01/11, had the TSA existed and box cutters not been allowed.

Your "27,000 terrorist attacks" claim is both incorrect and had nothing to do with US-originating flights.

Nothing is "voluntarily abandoned" by passengers at TSA screening areas. (Only TSA employees say that. Interesting....) Items are confiscated and/or trashed (pocketed?) by screeners.

Most knives are not confiscated or put back in passengers' cars. Most knives make it through screening (95%!) and onto planes.

It's so strange that you don't demand proof of efficiency and effectiveness from a department that has spent over $100,000,000,000 of Americans' tax dollars to date. You are perfectly fine with wasting all of our money even if the TSA has stopped/deterred noone.

Why is that? What benefit do you get from our $100,000,000,000?

Wintermute said...

Again, site your source for that number. Is it outright fabricated or just merely inflated with irrelevant crimes, like when West tried to justify it?

Anonymous said...

"TSA is NOT in the terrorist business."
August 21, 2016 at 8:24 AM
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Hmmm, maybe Boldy doesn't understand TSA's mission at all.

"TSA could not accomplish its essential counterterrorism security mission without our partners voluntarily adopting security improvements and sharing best practices."

https://www.tsa.gov/news/testimony/2016/04/06/statement-peter-neffenger-administrator-transportation-security-0

RB said...

"The same is true today. it is possible that TSA has saved thousands of lives or maybe just one.", or maybe TSA hasn't saved anyone and has not interdicted or identified a single terrorist, ever.

Surely if TSA had identified a terrorist, that person would have been arrested by police and if so that event would then make the news.

Wintermute said...

And... Crickets, just like every other time I've called shenanegans on this bogus number.

Wintermute said...

9 year old heart patients don't count as terrorists, regardless of how many 9 year old heart patient terrorists your TSAgents in the field claim to have stopped.

Boldly said...

Boldy, since you know so much you should know that the knives the terrorists brought on board on 9/11 were allowed.

that is exactly my point

Boldly said...

Trying to deflect our attention from the TSA mess up in JFK?

Repeating false claims doesn't make them true. thus you should stop

The TSA never would have stopped the attacks on 9/11/01, and you know it. with todays rules and policies, absolutely they would have. And nobody would have ever known.

Box cutters were allowed on 9/11/01. correct

Cockpit doors weren't locked on 9/01/11. correct

Passengers and flight crews were told to comply with hijackers on 9/01/11. correct. And they still would today

It was not the non-governmental screeners who were to blame for 9/11/01. had they done their jobs properly, they may have stopped it

Get your facts straight.

Also, since the TSA misses up to 95% of all weapons going through screening areas, chances are good they would have missed the box cutters on 9/01/11, had the TSA existed and box cutters not been allowed. arguable.

Your "27,000 terrorist attacks" claim is both incorrect and had nothing to do with US-originating flights. actually it is accurate. Of course it had nothing to do with US based flights, there were no attacked attempted that anyone knows of.

Nothing is "voluntarily abandoned" by passengers at TSA screening areas. (Only TSA employees say that. Interesting....) Items are confiscated and/or trashed (pocketed?) by screeners. that is your opinion. Not a fact. Anyone can take their liquids, knifes, or what ever back the their car or to checked baggage. Its their choice to leave it behind

Most knives are not confiscated or put back in passengers' cars. Most knives make it through screening (95%!) and onto planes. opinion

It's so strange that you don't demand proof of efficiency and effectiveness from a department that has spent over $100,000,000,000 of Americans' tax dollars to date. You are perfectly fine with wasting all of our money even if the TSA has stopped/deterred noone. opinion.

Why is that? What benefit do you get from our $100,000,000,000? no terrorist attacks on an American based flight since the inception of TSA.

You have absolutely no proof to support any of your opinions. You absolutely cannot support your claims with any undeniable proof.

Boldly said...

The same is true today. it is possible that TSA has saved thousands of lives or maybe just one.", or maybe TSA hasn't saved anyone and has not interdicted or identified a single terrorist, ever. absolutely correct.

Surely if TSA had identified a terrorist, that person would have been arrested by police and if so that event would then make the news.
why is the same horse always beaten? It is not the function or the job of TSA to identify, arrest or prosecute terrorists. Never has been, never will be. Look up and read the mission statement of TSA. Nowhere does it even mention terrorists.

Boldly said...

Anonymous said...
"TSA is NOT in the terrorist business."
August 21, 2016 at 8:24 AM
.......................
Hmmm, maybe Boldy doesn't understand TSA's mission at all.

"TSA could not accomplish its essential counterterrorism security mission without our partners voluntarily adopting security improvements and sharing best practices."

maybe you should look up the difference between "terrorism" and "terrorist".
Let me help you here with TSA's mission statement

Protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Where does it say anything about catching terrorists?

Boldly said...

Again, site your source for that number. Is it outright fabricated or just merely inflated with irrelevant crimes, like when West tried to justify it?

correction, should have read " over 27,000 deaths" from terrorist attacks in 2015..

Wintermute said...

Yet, above, you still claimed attacks. And you still fail to site your source.

Wintermute said...

Funny how Boldy never sites sources, and disappears when challenged.

Boldly said...

Funny how Boldy never sites sources, and disappears when challenged

Oh no Sir, I run from nobody. I just move on and don't waste a lot of time discussing irrelevant issues. See, I don't really care to prove myself to you. You can do the same research I can do and come to the same conclusion, you just choose not to. And that's OK. I understand your agenda. You are not interested in the truth. Your agenda is to blame TSA any chance you get without regard for facts. You state my facts are incorrect but have posted no source to back your claim. Am I the only one who needs to provide sources? Don't bother, I'm moving on now...be gone.

Fix the TSA said...

Apparently, Boldy, you are running away. You've been asked questions and asked for sources to your wild claims many times, yet you fail to provide them. You're busy running around, blaming Hannah Cohen and her mother. Blaming Ali Bergstrom and her young son. Attacking critics of the TSA as if you have a very personal stake in the TSA'S existence.

And you have some kind of issue with eggs. ROTF!

Wintermute said...

Nice deflection. You're fooling no one. You can't site sources because you have none.

If you "move on," then why do you continue to use numbers you've been called on?

Any what is your stake in it? You claim not to work for TSA or know anyone who does, but you sure seem to take things personally.

Wintermute said...

Crickets.