Friday, August 5, 2016

TSA Week in Review July 29th - August 4th: 3D Printed Firearm Discovered at Reno (RNO)

Discovered firearms image

TSA discovered 68 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 59 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered printed firearm and live ammunition image

One of the 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week was a printed firearm. It was assembled with parts made from a 3D printer. While it was a realistic replica, it was loaded with live ammunition. This was a good catch from the TSA team at Reno (RNO)! While firearms are permitted in checked baggage, we strongly suggest making yourself familiar with local laws prior to flying with a printed firearm.





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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69 comments:

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, your back to calling the gun montage photo "guns.JPG" which is a filename you have used repeatedly. This is bad file management and makes it difficult to search this website for a particular gun montage.

None of the photos include time/date stamps. Absolutely no photos have been submitted to you in the past three weeks with a time/date stamp? Are you cutting them out/covering them up AGAIN, Bob?

There are several gray lines running across the leftmost photo, first row.

You cut off the rightmost photos in rows 3 and 4 of the gun montage.

The 3D printed gun was no more of a "good catch" than any other gun in a bag. It was found using the bag xray machine. The gun looks like a gun. It is a solid object. The bullets look like bullets. They are solid objects. Why the extra kudos for Reno?

Anonymous said...

The 3D printed gun was in checked baggage so what's the big deal?

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "The 3D printed gun was in checked baggage so what's the big deal?"

I think you may have misread the article - "One of the 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week was a printed firearm. It was assembled with parts made from a 3D printer."

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

Thingmeister saves the day again. #theconquerer

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?

The Moisture Man said...

What I want to know is how stupid do people have to be to carry a loaded gun in carry-on? Do they not watch TV or read the paper? It's just beyond me!

Anonymous said...

Cool! A printed gun! That has got to make a lot of panties get really twisted in certain circles.

And why are you giving extra credit for finding it? It wasn't any more or less difficult to find just because it was made from plastic. The bullets are still metal, the gun us still gun shaped.... Seems like you are giving gold stars for participating in doing your job.

Susan Richart said...

I don't see a response to my question about whether the TSA has decided it's now o.k. to allow hydrogen peroxide in one's carry-on. Seems to me it's not too difficult to answer "yes" or "no".

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Anonymous said...

To be clear, the "printed gun" was a replica of a gun, but not a functional firearm? Was the person carrying this item (and the unlawful live ammunition), detained, interrogated, or arrested?

How many of the 68 detections of actual firearms resulted in arrests?

Anonymous said...

If it was the Memphis police department and not the TSA that assaulted, battered, and bloodied Hannah Cohen, a TEENAGE GIRL WITH BRAIN CANCER and concomitant PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES, why is her mother -- who was at the airport with Hannah, witnessed what happened, and has a photographic record -- only suing the TSA and not the Memphis police?

Anonymous said...

In reading you ask tsa blog I see a lot of sorrys but I do not see a lot of corrective actions taken. Why is that. Can you not train your clerks to one standard for the whole {sp} orgination?

Fix the TSA said...

West, where is my reply to you that I submitted the morning of August 7? Other comments sent after mine were approved. Guess I'll try again (and again and again).

Anonymous said...

>I think you may have misread the article

No we did not. You went back and changed the text from checked to carry on after we called you out on it.

Mike Ryan said...

Well, the TSA caught ME! I was carrying a 6 ounce tube of toothpaste in my carry on luggage. Much too large! Good thing they found my Arm and Hammer Baking Soda toothpaste; God only knows what might have happened if I'd boarded the plane with that dangerous substance. Good catch, TSA. Another dangerous item confiscated from the traveling public. But next time they better be on their guard. I may try to board with with an 8 ounce tube of that deadly jock itch cream.

Anonymous said...

Will the TSA respond to the San Francisco Human Rights Council demand for change?
Will you explain why a delegate to the DNC was asked to remove clothing despite TSA assurances this won't happen?

jay said...

I have never understood why someone who knows they are going to an airport would carry their gun in knowing they will be caught and worse yet lose your gun. Talk about throwing money away.

Mr. Aesten Beatye said...

While I agree no one should ever be careless with weapons or ammunition, this is exactly what is wrong with the security theater called the TSA. For each weapon that is detected, at least 10 get through undetected. The problem is not inanimate objects, it's someone's intent. People shouldn't be charged with a felony for accidentally carrying a legally owned item. Even the most careful people make mistakes. Making criminals out of people that have no criminal intent is a horrible way to pursue law and order in a society. Ticket/fine them if it's found they don't have intent, and have them take it back home.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "No we did not. You went back and changed the text from checked to carry on after we called you out on it."

No, that's not how that worked, that's not how any of that worked. Thanks for reading!

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

Except they usually make it through (96% of the time) so not really.

Wintermute said...

Are you saying Blogger doesn't give the ability to edit posts? Because you are not the only person with access, that's the only way to be 100% certain that you're correct.

Anonymous said...

>No, that's not how that worked, that's not how any of that worked. Thanks for reading!

Unfortunately for you, I have a screen cap. Thanks for playing!

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "No we did not. You went back and changed the text from checked to carry on after we called you out on it."

No, that's not how that worked, that's not how any of that worked. Thanks for reading!

West
TSA Blog Team

August 9, 2016 at 7:23 AM


TSA is denying that the text was changed?

Tell us exactly why that's not how that worked?

Anonymous said...

Dude... Log off. You're done here. Why so much hate for TSA?

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahaha

Fix the TSA said...

West, where is my comment that I submitted THREE times in the vain hope that it would be approved? It met blog policy and you had NO valid reason to delete it.

Suppressing citizens' voices as government employees on a government website. Shame on you!

Hope said...
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Anonymous said...

Post all the thefts and nosiness TSA commits. That's what I'm most concerned about. The people with guns don't plan to take things out of my carry-on or checked luggage.

Fix the TSA said...

West, the Anonymous comment from August 6, 2016 at 12:23 PM is obviously spam. Why was this comment approved, but mine which was on topic and met blog policy was deleted at least twice so far?

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "Are you saying Blogger doesn't give the ability to edit posts? Because you are not the only person with access, that's the only way to be 100% certain that you're correct."

Ok, let me clarify -

I did not change anything in the post.
I have not been informed of any changes in the post.
The first time I read the post (Saturday), it read as it does now.

So, if it was changed, it was between the release and Saturday when I started moderating. I was also not notified. Normally, any changes made to a post, I get an email outlining the change - I do not have one of those in this case.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
>No, that's not how that worked, that's not how any of that worked. Thanks for reading!

Unfortunately for you, I have a screen cap. Thanks for playing!

August 9, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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Please post the screen cap so we can all see exactly what TSA originally posted. Thanks.

Fix the TSA said...

Do you see my comments sitting on the queue, West, or did you delete them?

Fix the TSA said...

"Dude" Anonymous August 9, 2016 at 9:28 PM

No, I'm not done here and I am logged of most of the time.

If you see what appears to be anger and frustration in my comments it's because I submit comments that meet blog policy and are on topic, but West deletes them.

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter checked or carry on. Ammo must be stored separately from the gun. As for your 6oz.toothpaste, bring it up with your legislature, tsa doesn't make this up. GSC

Fix the TSA said...

West, I've asked repeatedly about what is policy, what you would do or what is done at GSO in situations like this:

MMW (Naked pic) scanner gives false positive on small fold of cloth on left shoulder. Screener rubs repeatedly over entire back. Why would a screener be repeatedly rubbing my lower right back when the false positive was on the left shoulder?

(This is another comment you have previously deleted, West.)

*screenshot*

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter checked or carry on. Ammo must be stored separately from the gun. As for your 6oz.toothpaste, bring it up with your legislature, tsa doesn't make this up. GSC

Unknown said...

I'm still trying to figure out why the child ahead of me in line (directed over from a non Pre-check line) who alarmed at the metal detector was not sent to secondary, while I who in the Pre-check line, was told I was 'randomly selected' before even entering the metal detector and had to wait nearly 10 mins for a pat-down at Phoenix T4A on Aug. 6th. To add insult to injury, I could not see my items and was told by the TSA agent since 'I had opted-out I was not entitled to watch my belongings.' Seem to contradict your own policy, but you guys like making up your own rules.

Yes, I filed a complaint with DHS-OIG.

Anonymous said...

Please TSA, tell me the person carrying this weapon will be prosecuted as a terrorist under the legislation of USA (I'm not joking). If a person with a printed Jun but bullets tried to enter the White House he would be treated as terrorist... So he has no excuse as "I was just transporting the gun but didn't have any intention of using it". Better would be if the successor of Obama and senators update the current legislation, with a new law considering terrorist and be treated as such under at his trial any citizen holding a home made gun outside his own property (house, apartment, ranch, etc), independently if he was using the gun or just carrying it. Just this way such nonsense folks would think twice before doing such a ignorant action as printing a gun.

Fix the TSA said...

West,

Is it now allowed under TSA policy to carry topical hydrogen peroxide and Clear Care contact solution in carry-on baggage? Other commenters have asked before, but you have not replied yet.

Anonymous said...

anon said: "If it was the Memphis police department and not the TSA that assaulted, battered, and bloodied Hannah Cohen, a TEENAGE GIRL WITH BRAIN CANCER and concomitant PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES, why is her mother -- who was at the airport with Hannah, witnessed what happened, and has a photographic record -- only suing the TSA and not the Memphis police?"
I just saw the video and it appears that tsa did nothing to harm the individual. actually it appears that the officer was attacked first and then responded. I am curious to how the bloggers will respond now that the video has been released.

GSOLTSO said...

I would like that as well. After further communication with Bob, the wording was not changed. I am interested to see what this person is talking about, or what they think was changed (because we did not change anything).

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

When there is an alarm generated by the MMW AIT, it has to be cleared by a TSO, in order to make certain there are no prohibited items.

West
TSA Blog Team

Fix the TSA said...

Anonymous of August 12, 2016 at 6:21PM

Did the video show the screening of Heather Cohen? The screeners actions with Heather before the police arriving? The screeners summoning the police?

The TSA didn't handle the screening correctly. They couldn't manage to screen a teenage cancer survivor without the situation turning into a violent incident.

Where is that video available to the public?

Fix the TSA said...

West, regarding your typical uninformative non-reply to my question: HOW is touching the lower right part of someone's back "resolving" a false positive alarm on his left shoulder?

It's a simple question a long-time screener such as yourself should be able to answer. Why do you refuse to answer it?

MMW naked pic scanners have a fail rate of over 50%. Is that why, West?

GSOLTSO said...

The response I get indicates that it can be carried in 3.4oz sizes or smaller. I have not seen problems with regular hydrogen peroxide being carried on in the past. I have seen nothing recently about a specific brand of product being singled out. I have seen comments online about passengers having challenges, but I have seen no specific prohibition on a specific brand. Please keep in mind, if an item alarms, it is subject to further screening, and possible disallowance if it fails to clear the screening.

West
TSA Blog Team

Fix the TSA said...

West, I have submitted questions about the 3D gun to this blog post multiple times and you have always deleted them. Why, West? Simple questions about why was it a "good catch" worthy of extra, public kudos? It's a gun. It looks like a gun. It was seen in a bag xray. The screeners should have seen it. There were bullets. The screeners should have seen them.

What is the big deal, West? Why the extra attention for Reno doing there job?

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Anonymous said...

To this Anonymous, did you see the video of the TSA screening Ms. Cohen? I didn't. Let's see that video also.

Wintermute said...

That answers nothing, West. Read the question again.

Wintermute said...

If not for TSA's mishandling of the situation to begin with, MPS wouldn't have been there in the first place.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
The response I get indicates that it can be carried in 3.4oz sizes or smaller. I have not seen problems with regular hydrogen peroxide being carried on in the past. I have seen nothing recently about a specific brand of product being singled out. I have seen comments online about passengers having challenges, but I have seen no specific prohibition on a specific brand. Please keep in mind, if an item alarms, it is subject to further screening, and possible disallowance if it fails to clear the screening.

West
TSA Blog Team

August 14, 2016 at 6:03 AM

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Clear Care eye and contact solutions should receive medical liquids exclusion. So are the rules different for some medical liquids and different yet again for others. Same for hydrogen peroxide. Which takes us back to medical nitroglycerin pills which still are not clearly allowed when checking the TSA Can I Bring tool.

Exactly why did you have to check with someone else West? Aren't you a qualified screener and are required to know what is and what is not allowed?

Perhaps the reason people are generally dissatisfied with TSA is because there is no possible way to know what rules are in place at any airport or with any particular screener on any given day or minute.

Fix the TSA said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Well, the TSA caught ME! I was carrying a 6 ounce tube of toothpaste in my carry on luggage. Much too large! Good thing they found my Arm and Hammer Baking Soda toothpaste; God only knows what might have happened if I'd boarded the plane with that dangerous substance. Good catch, TSA. Another dangerous item confiscated from the traveling public. But next time they better be on their guard. I may try to board with with an 8 ounce tube of that deadly jock itch cream.

Perhaps you should look online. The rules have been posted for about 10 years now. It could make things easier for not only you, but those who are being delayed behind you while your bag is being checked.

Wintermute said...

A TSAgent who doesn't know the rules they're tasked with enforcing? Imagine that!

GSOLTSO said...

I know the SOP quite well. I also can not post SSI on the internet (which rules out the SOP answers that I have). I look up the publicly posted information on TSA.GOV or the app, and post the answers that I find there. That way, I am giving you the exact same information that HQ puts out - making for less confusion.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

You are welcome!

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

You guys know that I can give you no SSI.

Read this response, it is the best that I can give you...

If there is an alarm generated by the MMW AIT, that area has to be cleared of possible threats.

Sorry if that is not a specific enough answer for you, but I am unable to post SSI on the internet, and I find no more specific information posted by TSA.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

I am denying that the text was changed. I have spoken with the author and this is the wording as it was published - no changes. I would still be interested in the screen cap that someone posted about.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
You guys know that I can give you no SSI.

Read this response, it is the best that I can give you...

If there is an alarm generated by the MMW AIT, that area has to be cleared of possible threats.

Sorry if that is not a specific enough answer for you, but I am unable to post SSI on the internet, and I find no more specific information posted by TSA.

West
TSA Blog Team

August 16, 2016 at 1:37 PM
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I don't think anyone is trying to get you to divulge SSI but we are curious if we bring a bottle of Clear Care contact lens solution if it will be confiscated and if it is covered under the standard medical liquids policy.

I certainly don't thing that it is asking to much of our government to clearly and publicly state what rules that we must operate under.

Fix the TSA said...

West, how is explaining a screener touching someone in an area not alarmed by the failed scanner in any way "secret"? Is it something you would do or you have seen done at GSO?

Is a screener required to repeatedly rub a part of someone's body that is not indicated as having a (false) positive?

Wintermute said...

So, while moderating the blog, you have access to these resources to make sure you give the "official" answer. What about those TSAgents in the field who try to say Clear Care is not allowed? Is there any recourse for the traveller? Or is it more likely that challenging a TSAgent in the field is going to result in retalitory treatment? (Do you want to fly today?)

Also, as an aside, marking SOP as SSI is called Security Through Obscurity. Ask any security expert what they think of that concept ;) Not that you can do anything about that, even if you wanted to ;)

Wintermute said...

The question is why is the toothpaste not allowed in the first place? There is no viable plot involving tubes of toothpaste.

GSOLTSO said...

Fix sez - "West, how is explaining a screener touching someone in an area not alarmed by the failed scanner in any way "secret"? Is it something you would do or you have seen done at GSO?

Is a screener required to repeatedly rub a part of someone's body that is not indicated as having a (false) positive?"

I can give no more specific response to questions about procedure than I gave above. That may seem silly to you, but I am unable to respond past - If an area alarms the MMW AIT, it has to be cleared of possible threats...

Wintermute sez - " So, while moderating the blog, you have access to these resources to make sure you give the "official" answer. What about those TSAgents in the field who try to say Clear Care is not allowed? Is there any recourse for the traveller? Or is it more likely that challenging a TSAgent in the field is going to result in retalitory treatment? (Do you want to fly today?)

Also, as an aside, marking SOP as SSI is called Security Through Obscurity. Ask any security expert what they think of that concept ;) Not that you can do anything about that, even if you wanted to ;)"

Anytime you are on the blog, you have access to the same tools to see what would be an official answer, it will be published at one of our pages.

As for the treatment you receive, I can only state that the TSOs are supposed to be professional and courteous at all times - if they fail in that, then they are wrong. Retaliation is not supposed to happen in any form, we are merely supposed to screen the traveling public and send them on their way.

As for security programs, I am not one of the gurus authorized to debate or really comment on the SSI/SOP for the most part.

RB sez - "I certainly don't thing that it is asking to much of our government to clearly and publicly state what rules that we must operate under."

I posted the response I get back from the official page, it mirrors what you have posted - I have seen no specific declaration or guideline prohibiting any brand/style of contact solutions.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

I posted the response I get back from the official page, it mirrors what you have posted - I have seen no specific declaration or guideline prohibiting any brand/style of contact solutions.

West
TSA Blog Team


August 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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Then why is Clear Care brand contact lens solutions routinely confiscated by TSA Screeners? Are they poorly trained or just untrainable?

Same question could be asked about Nitroglycerin pills, a life saving medicine. Something TSA has difficulty understanding.

Anonymous said...

Can I take 2 cans of diet ginger ale thru the checkpoint as a medical necessity and the screener refuses, what can I do about it? I am taking it because there are no sugar free drinks served on a long flight.

Wintermute said...

"I can give no more specific response to questions about procedure than I gave above. That may seem silly to you, but I am unable to respond past - If an area alarms the MMW AIT, it has to be cleared of possible threats.."

Touching someone where there was no (false) alarm does nothing to help clear the area if possible threats, therefore it should NOT be SOP. For it to be SOP would be a violation of the Administrative Search carve-out. Not that the TSA cares, as the AIT scanners are already a violation, because the carve-out does NOT allow the TSA to search for "anomolies," but only actual threats.

Wintermute said...

Actually, they do.

Anonymous said...

"When there is an alarm generated by the MMW AIT, it has to be cleared by a TSO, in order to make certain there are no prohibited items. "

In the five years you've been using these machines, how many alarms have there been requiring physical searches?

How many of these physical searches found a prohibited item?

Fix the TSA said...

West, I also would like to know if someone who had a medical condition requiring sugar free drinks will be "allowed" to bring two cans of sugar free soda through the screening area. It falls under the medical exception, right? And it's just enough for the flight, which is another (ridiculous) rule.

Anonymous said...

I see my question about the ginger ale but no answer? Why

Wintermute said...

Because anything West says may be contradicted by an agent in the field.