Friday, June 3, 2016

TSA Week in Review: May 27th - June 2nd - 59 Firearms, Machete, Lipstick Knife and More

Discovered 59 firearms

Fifty-nine firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 59 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.



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 the 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. Inert/Replica grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Newark (EWR), Gulfport (GPT), Seattle (SEA) and Albany (ALB). An inert grenade was also discovered in a checked bag at Salt Lake City (SLC).

Discovered four grenades
From left to right, these grenades were discovered at: ALB, EWR, GPT and SLC.
Discovered two inert rounds

Two inert rounds were discovered in checked bags this week. A 30mm A-10 Warthog shell was discovered at Birmingham (BHM). A 25mm round was discovered at Sonoma (STS).

Discovered a lipstick knife

A lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ALB).  

Discovered an 11-inch machete

An 11-inch machete was discovered in a carry-on bag at Billings (BIL). 



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.


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Bob Burns

TSA Social Media Team