Friday, August 19, 2016

TSA Week in Review August 12th - 18th - A Record Breaking 81 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week - 70 Loaded

Discovered firearms

TSA discovered a record breaking 81 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 81 firearms discovered, 70 were loaded and 31 had a round chambered. The previous record of 78 firearms was set last week. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered throwing knives and swords
Top - Bottom, items discovered in carry-on bags: Two swords and throwing knives (HOU) - Cane sword (LGA), Kaiser blade (IAH) - Machete (EWR)
Discovered knives
Left - Right, items discovered in carry-on bags at: BWI, EWR, BIL, PHX, ORD, BNA and IAH

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