Friday, May 20, 2016

TSA Week in Review: May 13th - 19th - 56 Firearms, Cane Sword, an Axe and More

Discovered 56 firearms

Fifty-six firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 56 firearms discovered, 42 were loaded and 13 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered an axe

An axe was detected in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS). 

Discovered a cane sword

A cane sword with an 18-inch blade was detected in a carry-on bag at Atlanta (ATL).

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

TSA Myth Busters: Is TSA Slowing Down Lines to Increase TSA Pre✓® Enrollments?

Myth IconWe’ve been seeing claims suggesting that TSA is intentionally slowing down lines around the nation in order to profit from increased TSA Pre✓® enrollments.

Let us set the record straight. The $85 application fee (valid for five years) covers the administrative cost of the program, including FBI background checks, application analysis, associated technology and enrollment center costs.

In fact, we're doing everything we can to ease wait times while maintaining the most effective security to protect air travelers: 

  • One option for getting through the screening process faster is for travelers to enroll in TSA Pre®.  In the month of March (2016), 95% of those enrolled in TSA Pre✓®  waited five minutes or less.
  • Hiring more Transportation Security Officers.
  • Increasing overtime funding to help keep more security lanes open during the busiest hours.
  • Deploying additional K-9 teams to screen passengers at security checkpoints, which means a faster and easier screening process.
  • Working closely with airlines and airports to develop specific plans to manage queues and support screening operations at the nation’s busiest airports.
  • In partnership with the airlines, working to reduce the size and number of carry-on luggage. 

We appreciate your patience at our checkpoints. Airports are busier than ever and this could impact your travel from curb to gate. We recommend arriving up to two hours ahead of departure. Your security is our top priority. 

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team