Monday, November 7, 2016

TSA Week in Review 10/28 - 11/6 - Flares, Guns, Black Powder, and More

Today’s report covers the last ten days as opposed to the usual seven. The Week in Review posts will now be posted on Mondays.

Discovered 94 firearms

TSA discovered 94 firearms over the last ten days in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 94 firearms discovered, 83 were loaded and 31 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last ten days. See a complete list below.
Discovered two cane swords

Two cane-swords were discovered this week at Dallas (DAL) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Most people don’t know they have a cane sword until we see it on the X-ray monitor. Watch this short video to see how you can avoid brining a cane-sword to the airport.
Discovered black power

Ten ounces of black powder was discovered in a cartridge box in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL). Black powder is strictly prohibited from carry-on and checked bags for obvious reasons.
Discovered three inert/replica grenades

Three inert/replica grenades were discovered in carry-on bags last week at Daytona Beach (DAB), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Las Vegas (LAS) (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.
Discovered prohibited items
Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at LGA, BUR, ROC, IAH and IAH.


Three road flares were discovered in a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX). Flares are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags. Besides, if you need to get the attention of a flight attendant, all you need to do is press the overhead button. No need for flares… 

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. 

You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. 

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