Saturday, February 20, 2016

TSA Week in Review: February 12 - 18

Discovered 53 firearms

53 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 53 firearms discovered, 46 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered 2 inert mortar shells

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 our 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. Two inert mortar shells were discovered in a checked bag at Longview (GGG).

Discovered a cane sword

A cane sword was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Pensacola (PNS).

Discovered a small plastic bag with marijuana, a metal pipe, a spoon, a lighter and a hair clip after removed the false bottom of a shaving cream

A shaving cream can with a false bottom was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). When the false bottom was removed, officers discovered a small plastic bag with marijuana, a metal pipe, a spoon, a lighter and a hair clip.

Discovered knives
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on  bags at LAS, AUS, AUS, IAH, PHX, IAH and TYR.

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.

Firearms Discovered in Carry-On Bags chart
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