Monday, November 14, 2016

TSA Week in Review November 7th - 13th - Loaded Firearms, Concealed Knives, Inert Grenades and More

The Week in Review posts will now be posted on Mondays.

Firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
TSA discovered 70 firearms over the last ten days in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last ten days. See a complete list below.
Flashlight Dagger.
A dagger was found concealed in a flashlight at Los Angeles (LAX).
Comb knife.
A comb-dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN).
Razor blade under insole of shoe.
A razorblade was discovered under the insole of a shoe at LaGuardia (LGA).
Inert Grenades
Four inert/replica grenades were discovered last week in carry-on bags at San Diego (SAN), Latrobe (LBE) (Pictured) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) (Pictured). 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.

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.



TSA discovered 70 firearms over the last ten days in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered.



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

15 comments:

Chip and Andy said...

After the obviously fake grenades were determined to be fake grenades were they allowed to fly? If not, why not?

It's a simple question, yes or no kind of answer, no ssi leaks required.

Doober said...

Bob, DHS/TSA are big on "see something, say something" so why did this happen:

https://twitter.com/AliTMoresco/status/798575652920246272

TSA screener tells concerned citizen an unattended bag isn't TSA's problem and AskTSA tells him to report it to the airport authority or the local PD.

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john barker said...

@Chip and Andy

I believe the answer is here under the Explosives/Flammable tab, then scroll down to Realistic Replicas of Explosives. I believe there is an X under both Carry On and Checked Bag.

They will never answer the question to your liking, and besides the website does state replicas are not allowed so please just leave it be.

I like reading the blog and find it amusing but some posts do get tiresome after a while. Some like inciting the TSA workers to respond to comments and then refute anything they say. But some comments just get annoying, same ones over and over.

Change it up a bit. Ask something different every other week.

@Doober
What are they going to do? All they can do is just observe the unattended bag. They are not even trained for that, they need real law enforcement to handle the situation.

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Chip and Andy said...

"....Change it up a bit. Ask something different every other week. "

I can do that.

Dear TSA,

Why would replicas be prohibited from flying? You posted a picture of a replica suicide vest and stated it was in checked baggage. That would mean it couldn't be used in the cabin to terrify passengers like Bold Posting Intern so why would it be prohibited in checked luggage?

Boldly said...

john barker said...
@Chip and Andy

I believe the answer is here under the Explosives/Flammable tab, then scroll down to Realistic Replicas of Explosives. I believe there is an X under both Carry On and Checked Bag.

They will never answer the question to your liking, and besides the website does state replicas are not allowed so please just leave it be.

I like reading the blog and find it amusing but some posts do get tiresome after a while. Some like inciting the TSA workers to respond to comments and then refute anything they say. But some comments just get annoying, same ones over and over.

Change it up a bit. Ask something different every other week.

@Doober
What are they going to do? All they can do is just observe the unattended bag. They are not even trained for that, they need real law enforcement to handle the situation.


awesome, you hit the nail right on the head. They know the answers, they just like repeating themselves.

Boldly said...

Chip and Andy said...
"....Change it up a bit. Ask something different every other week. "

I can do that.

Dear TSA,

Why would replicas be prohibited from flying? You posted a picture of a replica suicide vest and stated it was in checked baggage. That would mean it couldn't be used in the cabin to terrify passengers like Bold Posting Intern so why would it be prohibited in checked luggage?

Ya, this was answered a few weeks ago also. Pretty simple explanation. Look it up or even spend a few minutes thinking about it, you'll come up with the answer

Sweetie said...

If I'm on a plane and i see a "replica" gun or grenande,how do I know it's a replica? I don't, neither will an Air Marshal or anyone else. Why would anyone want to fly with these items and scare passengers? I want to thank TSA for keeping these items off my plane.

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Chip and Andy said...

"Sweetie said......If I'm on a plane and i see a "replica" gun or grenande,how do I know it's a replica?"

So in other words you don't trust the TSA to have done their job and inspected it to ensure it isn't a threat to aviation.

Boldly said...

"Sweetie said......If I'm on a plane and i see a "replica" gun or grenande,how do I know it's a replica?"

So in other words you don't trust the TSA to have done their job and inspected it to ensure it isn't a threat to aviation.

such a well crafted switch on someone's words. Did she even imply that?. No. You are just changing her comment to fit your agenda. He question is valid. How do you know? Do you know for sure it wasn't missed by TSA? Do you know for sure it wasn't an insider job? Do you know it wasn't brought in by the thousands of vendors? of course not. It absolutely could be real and could have gotten in in any number of ways. But I don't need to tell you this, you already know it. You just enjoys arguing for the sake of arguing. You are going to find any way possible to discredit TSA. OK, we get it. Your some kind of god and you could spot a fake anywhere regardless if its a gun, knife, bomb or grenade. Others aren't as amazingly observant as you. In the event it was a real threat item, you would jump up and disable the bad guy with your amazing judo skills and save the world only to put you cape on later and stand in the well known super hero pose. We get it.

You are the extreme minority on this planet.
Move on in life, you have proven your point. Isn't there a president elect that needs your attention? my god...

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Boldly said...

Wintermute said...
No, YOU attempted to answer, but it has NOT been answered by the TSA. Unless you're claiming to speak for the TSA.

Its odd that you need an official answer from an official agency for something that any 10 yr old can answer with accuracy. But I guess since they probably think its as silly as the rest of us, they may never answer it...again. So keep asking away.

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