Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TSA Week in Review Jan 23rd - 29th: Concealed Items, Inert Explosive Devices and 49 Firearms

Firearms
TSA discovered 49 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 49 firearms discovered, 41 were loaded and 14 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Concealed Firearm
A traveler’s ankles alarmed after he stepped into the body scanner at Grand Junction (GJT). He had a loaded .40 caliber with a round chambered on one ankle and two magazines on the other. If you hold a conceal carry permit, it’s important you remember two things. 1) Conceal carry permits do not allow you to carry a concealed firearm on the aircraft. 2) Be sure to check your person and belongings prior to travel to ensure you’re not carrying a firearm or ammunition.
IED Training Aids
There were two separate incidents last week where inert improvised explosive device training aids were discovered. Bottles of liquid labeled sulfuric acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetone were discovered in checked bag along with multiple wires and 9-volt batteries at Savannah (SAV). The items were training aids for a military instructor. In a separate event, multiple improvised explosive device components (pictured here) including a container with initiators and detonators, a camera with wires protruding and two books on how to build improvised training devices were discovered in a checked bag at Washington Dulles (IAD). The items were training aids for a Norwegian police instructor. Even if they are inert, replica explosives are strictly prohibited from carry-on and checked bags as they can lead to evacuations.
Knives
One razorblade and two knives were discovered in the vest of a traveler’s service dog. Knives and razor blades are not allowed in carry-on bags, but may be packed in checked baggage.
Sword Cane
Two cane swords were discovered this week in carry-on bags at San Antonio (SAT) and Tampa (TPA). All knives and swords are prohibited and concealed items can lead to fines and arrest.
Knives and Throwing Stars
(Clockwise from the top) These items were discovered at: IAH, EWR, HNL, BOI, BWI and BWI
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. 

TSA discovered 49 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 49 firearms discovered, 41 were loaded and 14 had a round chambered.
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. 

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video! 

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TSA Week in Review Jan 16th - 22nd - 70 Firearms, Two Smoke Grenades and More

Firearms
TSA discovered 70 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 63 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Smoke Grenades
Two live smoke grenades were discovered in a checked bag at New York Kennedy (JFK). In addition to the copious amounts of smoke, smoke grenades burn extremely hot and are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.
Inert Grenades
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. The grenades pictured here were discovered at (L-R) Richmond (RIC) and Seattle (SEA).
Sharp Items
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at HOU, BWI, BUR, BWI, SAN and BWI.
TSA discovered 70 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 63 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered.
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.

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.

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video!

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns

TSA Social Media Team



Thursday, January 19, 2017

TSA Week in Review December Jan 9th - 15th

Firearms
TSA discovered 71 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 71 firearms discovered, 67 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Axe and Knives
12" Dagger (ATL) - Axe & Knives (SAN)
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.

TSA discovered 71 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 71 firearms discovered, 67 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered.
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. 

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video! 

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!



Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TSA Year in Review: Record amount of Firearms Discovered in 2016

In 2016, TSA officers screened 738,318,264 passengers (more than 2 million per day), which is more than 43,255,172 more passengers than for the same time frame in 2015. In addition to screening more than 738 million passengers, TSA officers also screened 466 million checked bags and 24.2 million airport employees! 



Firearms
3,391 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than nine firearms per day. Of those, 2,815 (83 percent) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 238 airports; 2 more airports than last year. There was a 28 percent increase in firearm discoveries from 2015’s total of 2,653. Pictured are just some of the firearms discovered in 2016.

Top 10 airports for firearms discoveries:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL):198
Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW): 192
George Bush Intercontinental Airport - Houston (IAH):128
Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX):101
Denver International (DEN): 98
Orlando International Airport (MCO):86
Nashville International (BNA):80
Tampa International (TPA):79
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS):78
Salt Lake City International (SLC):75


Black Powder
In addition to firearms discovered last year, there were many hazardous items passengers attempted to travel with. Pictured are a few instances from last year where traveler's attempted to bring black powder (gun powder) on the aircraft.

Inert Grenades
Officers also find inert items that appear very realistic. The problem with these types of items is that we don’t know if they are real, toys or replicas until TSA explosives experts are called upon. Inert items can lead to disruption, closed terminals and checkpoints, which often result in canceled or delayed flights. Pictured here are just a few examples of times our officers discovered inert grenades in carry-on and checked bags last year.
There were many instances last year when travelers attempted to hide items, or the items they packed were disguised to look like other items. TSA officers regularly find sword canes, credit card knives, belt buckle knives, comb/brush knives, knives hidden in shoes, knives hidden in thermoses and knives hidden under the bag lining near the handle mechanism. Here are a few instances that stood out:

Cane Swords
These are a few examples of cane swords that were discovered last year in carry-on property.
Concealed Items
From left to right, top to bottom, these are just a few examples of the concealed items that were discovered in carry-on bags last year: Pen knife, belt buckle knife, pen gun, lipstick knife, key knives, comb knife, flashlight knife, lipstick stun gun, knife hidden in pill bottle and throwing star hidden in cell phone case.
Sharp Items
Our officers discover thousands upon thousands of sharp items in carry-on bags every year. These are just a few of the thousands of sharp items discovered last year in carry-on bags.
The year also provided the need for travelers to surrender a few odd items. In case you missed it last month, be sure to check out our video rundown of TSA’s Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2016!



As you can see from this post, some travelers pack the strangest items. Make sure you’re items are allowed by using the “Can I Bring My…” tool to enter the item you want to pack. It will tell you whether you can pack it in your carry-on or checked bag. You may also refer to our prohibited items list. If you still can’t find the answer, reach out to our @AskTSA team via Twitter or Facebook Messenger and they’ll get back to you right away with an answer. You can even send them a photograph of the item in question.  

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.  


If you’re grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket or other item you haven’t used in a while, be sure to give it the onceover so you don’t accidentally take something prohibited to the checkpoint. Many people who have brought guns, ammunition, knives and other prohibited item say that they did so unknowingly. 

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.  

Thanks for reading this year’s run down of the more notable items TSA officers discovered in 2016. Keep in mind that far more was discovered than those listed in this report. When bag searches are needed, the line slows down. If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out our video rundown of TSA’s Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2016!

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!



Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TSA Week in Review December Jan 2nd - 8th - 67 Firearms Discovered

Loaded Firearms
TSA discovered 67 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
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. 

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.


If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Also, in case you missed it, check out our Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2016! 

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram! 

Bob Burns  
TSA Social Media Team
 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

TSA Week in Review December 26th - Jan 1st - 53 Firearms Discovered In Carry-on Bags This Week

Firearms

TSA discovered 53 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 53 firearms discovered, 42 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Grenade

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. The inert grenade pictured here was discovered in a checked bag at Bradley (BDL).
Bow and Arrows
This collapsible bow and two arrows were discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O'Hare (ORD).
Sharp Items
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at ELP, IAH, SFO, CMH and DTW.


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.  

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.

Check out our Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2016!


If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Follow @TSA on Twitter and Instagram!

Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team