Friday, October 21, 2016

TSA Week in Review October 14th - 20th

Firearms discovered in carry-on bags.

TSA discovered 71 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 71 firearms discovered, 56 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.
Knives and throwing stars discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, BOI, BIL, HOU, BOI, SFO, BNA and CLT.
Knife-pen discovered in a carry-on bag.
This pen-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI). All knives are prohibited. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags.
Belt-knife discovered in a carry-on bag.
This belt-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (HOU). As with the pen-knife above, concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags.


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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10 comments:

Julie said...

Nice work, TSOs!

Michael Bane said...

It should not be illegal in the first place for people to bring weapons on planes. Our basic human right to self defense does not end just because we step on board a commercial airline flight. Also, the TSA is a joke and it should be disbanded. All current and former TSA employees should be forced to pay back all of their wages. Those repaid wages would then be used to refund all of the security fees that have been added on to the cost of plane tickets.

Chip and Andy said...

"...56 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. "

Why the specificity? This is like saying there were ten suitcases and nine of them had clothes inside of them.

RB said...

Julie said...
Nice work, TSOs!

October 22, 2016 at 10:17 AM
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Why is it "Nice Work" when TSA is just doing the most basic part of their jobs?

And based on OIG reports TSA screeners even fail at that 95% of the time!

Just doing your job is the lowest expectation of an employee.

Cliff Greenberg said...

re: Chip and Andy's question: some handguns with a "round chambered" are less safe than a weapon that "just" has rounds loaded. If dropped or impacted just the wrong way they could discharge since the chambered round is in front of the firing pin. That would be bad if that happened.

Benny Alcala said...

What happens to all these guns, and all these people are they fined or something?

Chip and Andy said...

Cliff Greenberg said...
re: Chip and Andy's question: some handguns with a "round chambered" are less safe than a weapon that "just" has rounds loaded. If dropped or impacted just the wrong way they could discharge since the chambered round is in front of the firing pin. That would be bad if that happened.

Except that doesn't happen. Most modern firearms are 'drop safe' and will not discharge if dropped from the average height of an average person.

And shouldn't TSA Agents already be aware of the four rules of firearm safety? Specifically the one about treating all firearms as if they are loaded? Or the other one about keeping your finger off of the trigger? Don't they get basic firearm training because they are part of DHS? And if they don't, why not?

RB said...

Chip and Andy said...
Cliff Greenberg said...
re: Chip and Andy's question: some handguns with a "round chambered" are less safe than a weapon that "just" has rounds loaded. If dropped or impacted just the wrong way they could discharge since the chambered round is in front of the firing pin. That would be bad if that happened.

Except that doesn't happen. Most modern firearms are 'drop safe' and will not discharge if dropped from the average height of an average person.

And shouldn't TSA Agents already be aware of the four rules of firearm safety? Specifically the one about treating all firearms as if they are loaded? Or the other one about keeping your finger off of the trigger? Don't they get basic firearm training because they are part of DHS? And if they don't, why not?

October 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM

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TSA screeners are not law enforcement and have no duties that require a weapon. Besides the obvious other reasons.

Wintermute said...
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Boldly said...

Michael Bane said...
It should not be illegal in the first place for people to bring weapons on planes. Our basic human right to self defense does not end just because we step on board a commercial airline flight. Also, the TSA is a joke and it should be disbanded. All current and former TSA employees should be forced to pay back all of their wages. Those repaid wages would then be used to refund all of the security fees that have been added on to the cost of plane tickets.

I 100% agree with your first sentence. After that, complete nonsense...