Friday, October 28, 2016

TSA Week in Review October 21st - 27th: Replica Suicide Vest, Black Powder and 55 Loaded Firearms

A few of the firearms discovered this week in carry-on bags.

TSA officers discovered 65 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 65 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.
Replica suicide vest.

The traveler who packed this vest in his checked bag at Richmond (RIC) stated it was a prop intended for use in a live-action role-playing game (LARP). TSA explosives experts raced to the checked baggage room and the airport police were called immediately. Fortunately, the explosives experts determined the vest posed no danger.
Black powder horn and flask.

There were two incidents this week involving black powder (gun powder). A flask of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Allentown (ABE). A powder horn full of black powder was discovered in a checked bag at Boise (BOI). Black powder is strictly prohibited from being packed in both carry-on and checked bags.
Inert hand grenades.

The two grenades pictured here were discovered this week. The inert grenade on the left was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). The inert grenade on the right was discovered in a checked bag at Syracuse (SYR). We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.


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

31 comments:

Bobby said...

It amazes me that in 2016 people still bring these things into an airport. If their excuse is they forgot about the gun, well then I say they should never be able to own one. As for the other items, that's just stupid. Thank You TSA for all you do.

Bill Craig said...

"You can't fix 'stupid'". Thank you, Bob.

Chip and Andy said...

"...the explosives experts determined the vest posed no danger."

After it was determined to be no danger was it allowed to fly? If not, why not?

chikezie Jack said...

I thank the TSA for the work they do,they have saved millions of lives in the U.S. and the whole world.Thanks TSA.

GSOLTSO said...

chikezie sez - "I thank the TSA for the work they do,they have saved millions of lives in the U.S. and the whole world.Thanks TSA."

Thanks for the kind words!

Bill Craig sez - ""You can't fix 'stupid'". Thank you, Bob."

In many cases it is not stupidity, but simply not being aware of either the prohibition on items, or of the item actually being in the bag.

Bobby sez - "Thank You TSA for all you do."

You are quite welcome Bobby.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

chikezie Jack said...
I thank the TSA for the work they do,they have saved millions of lives in the U.S. and the whole world.Thanks TSA.

October 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

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Completely unfounded statement. No evidence that TSA has saved even one life.

chikezie Jack said...

If there weren't securities at the major airports around the world we wouldn't be flying today we would all be calling for a security agency like the TSA.Unfortunately some people just don't notice the difference the security checkpoint does to making sure you and I have a safe flight.Lives have been saved only an illiterate will not understand.

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Doober said...

RB wrote, quite correctly: "Completely unfounded statement. No evidence that TSA has saved even one life."

In fact, "The authors concluded that, over a three-month period,

approximately 129 individuals died in automobile accidents which resulted from travelers substituting driving for flying in response to inconvenience associated with baggage screening.

As one commentator starkly noted, this figure when annualized is "the equivalent of four fully-loaded Boeing 737s crashing each year." While one may quibble with the precise figures, a number of studies in the wake of 9/11 has confirmed the link between a reduction in airline passenger volume and an increase in driving and, inevitably, the number of fatalities from auto accidents."

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00036840601069757?journalCode=raec20&

screen shot/DHS IG statement

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RB said...

chikezie Jack said...
If there weren't securities at the major airports around the world we wouldn't be flying today we would all be calling for a security agency like the TSA.Unfortunately some people just don't notice the difference the security checkpoint does to making sure you and I have a safe flight.Lives have been saved only an illiterate will not understand.

October 31, 2016 at 6:34 PM
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Then demonstrate what lives have been saved. Any documented example will do.

Chip and Andy said...

Blogger chikezie Jack said...
If there weren't securities at the major airports

Please point out whom, besides yourself, ever said there should be no security?

Clifford Bryan said...

I didn't know the TSA job was so demanding.

Boldly said...

Your assertion that lives have been saved requires proof. So far, the proof I've seen indicates that US commercial aviation is NOT a target. That comes from the TSA's own mouth.

it may not be a target. Ill give TSA credit for that. Typically, when the risk of being caught goes up, the target changes to a softer target. That said, I absolutely believe that if a weakness is found, American based airlines will be a major target

chikezie Jack said...

The Airlines and the TSA work together to ensure secure traveling so lives saved is the entire industry not only the TSA.

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Chip and Andy said...

Boldy said "...That said, I absolutely believe that if a weakness is found, American based airlines will be a major target"

A weakness has been found. The same weakness has been pointed out repeatedly on this very blog. By more than just one or two people. What are the bad guys waiting on? A written invitation?

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RB said...

chickezie, show one example of a life saved by TSA.

Boldly said...

You referring to the liquids silliness? Let's use a little logic... The "bad guys" are waiting for a weakness. A weakness is pointed out. "Bad guys" don't exploit weakness. Therefore, at least one of the following is true. Either the "bad guys" aren't targeting US commercial aviation, or the attack vector (liquid explosives) isn't actually viable. I submit that both are true.

and you sir are absolutely entitled to your opinion. People who study terrorism, terrorists, and explosives happen to disagree with you. Ill go with the experts on this.

Chip and Andy said...

Boldy said, again... "People who study terrorism, terrorists, and explosives happen to disagree with you. Ill go with the experts on this."

Logic, and even Reality, disagrees with your assertion so I am going to go with reality on this. If Liquids were a viable threat vector there wouldn't be a 3-1-1 Rule because those are liquids, which you keep trying to assure us are dangerous.

chikezie Jack said...

Take a look at weekly updates of what is discovered by the TSA agents at the airports checkpoints,go to TSA site and check it out yourself.And how will you like flying with a U.S citizen who happens to carry a bomb,loaded pistol and other harmful items in his carry on bags.Look at the weekly posting at TSA site.

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Chip and Andy said...

Blogger chikezie Jack said..."Take a look at weekly updates of what is discovered by the TSA agents at the airports checkpoints,go to TSA site and check it out yourself.And how will you like flying with a U.S citizen who happens to carry a bomb,loaded pistol and other harmful items in his carry on bags"

We already know the TSA fails to detect dangerous items as much as ninety percent of the time so whether you realize it or not you are probably already flying with a US Citizen who happens to be carrying what you call other harmful items in their carry on bags.

Also, your post would indicate that you think that TSA is the only option for security. It isn't. We had security before the TSA, we'll have it after the TSA. The hope is that after TSA we will have a level of security that doesn't cost eight billion dollars a year (plus $12.50 per leg of your flight) that is only ten to fifteen percent effective.

john nobles said...

TSA posts all these great finds on their site, but you never here about them finding it in the airports, odd isn't it. Every time I go to the airport all I every see them do is harass a person with a medical condition, a Soldier or just an average person who is trying to go from point A to point B. You think maybe TSA is making thinks up to try and prove they actually do something. More reasons to re-think TSA, maybe just maybe they need an overhaul.

chikezie Jack said...

Yes they do need an improvement,I've had a suspicious moment where my hands have to be sprayed to check for gun powder and I thought it was ridiculous because either they thought I was a criminal.I'm waiting to question its purpose next time I fly out of Burbank Ca.
They do need massive improvements in personnel training.

Boldly said...

chikezie Jack said...
Yes they do need an improvement,I've had a suspicious moment where my hands have to be sprayed to check for gun powder and I thought it was ridiculous because either they thought I was a criminal.I'm waiting to question its purpose next time I fly out of Burbank Ca.
They do need massive improvements in personnel training.

"sprayed"? really. I have never heard of any TSA screening that requires "spraying" of anything. was it a liquid they sprayed?

GSOLTSO said...

chikezie Jack sez - ",I've had a suspicious moment where my hands have to be sprayed to check for gun powder"

There is no spray process for checking hands that I am aware of. Please elaborate on the process and how it was done so I may find out some more information from the airport on this process directly. Also, did this happen at Burbank, CA or another airport on the way to Burbank?

West
TSA Blog Team

chikezie Jack said...

It was at Burbank bob hope airport,the white guy sprayed the palms of my hands and waited few seconds and I thought that was weird.I was in Burbank Ca for three nights.Still don't know why it was done and next time I am calling my lawyer and the press.

chikezie Jack said...

Yes little amount of it and this was January 23rd this year I was returning back to Minnesota.Thought was weird enough and next time am getting my lawyer if it happens again.