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.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team
 

13 comments:

Doober said...

Another holiday week with heavier than normal air travel and yet the number of weapons found was down significantly from the week prior. Interesting.

heidi Holiday said...

Those were the ones Not stolen by sticky fingered agents.

GSOLTSO said...

heidi Holiday sez - "Those were the ones Not stolen by sticky fingered agents."

Good thing we have Transportation Security Officers and not Agents working the checkpoints and bag rooms.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
heidi Holiday sez - "Those were the ones Not stolen by sticky fingered agents."

Good thing we have Transportation Security Officers and not Agents working the checkpoints and bag rooms.

West
TSA Blog Team

January 7, 2017 at 4:55 PM
.............................
The title "officer" was a move by TSA to make TSA screeners feel more important about themselves. The public recognizes this and rejects calling TSA screeners officers. Deal with it!

Oh, and what happened to all of those iPads TSA bought to help funnel people into Managed Inclusion Pre Check? How many of them just disappeared and can probably be found at some TSA screeners home?

GSOLTSO said...

Rb sez - "The title "officer" was a move by TSA to make TSA screeners feel more important about themselves. The public recognizes this and rejects calling TSA screeners officers.

Oh, and what happened to all of those iPads TSA bought to help funnel people into Managed Inclusion Pre Check? How many of them just disappeared and can probably be found at some TSA screeners home?"

You (and any other poster) are welcome to disagree with the official title that TSOs hold. Personally, I have heard many more people refer to TSOs by their assigned title than by anything else - for several years now, so YMMV.

I have no reports on the Ipads, and I am not in their chain of responsibility, but I will venture to guess that they are

1. Being used for the primary assigned purpose
2. They have been repurposed and are being used for other assigned duties by the organization
3. Collected and redistributed to other governmental assets than can use them
4. Collected and sold en masse through a governmental recognized liquidator.

Rb sez - "Deal with it!"

Really? Le sigh...

West
TSA Blog Team

Boldly said...

You (and any other poster) are welcome to disagree with the official title that TSOs hold. Personally, I have heard many more people refer to TSOs by their assigned title than by anything else - for several years now, so YMMV.

Its just as silly as "Trump is not my President." Saying so does not make it so. The reality is, in every legal sense of the definition, TSO's are legal, sworn federal Officers. And Trump will be everybody's President.

RB said...

A sworn officer is a person with arrest powers. FAM's are sworn officers, some TSI's are sworn officers but TSO's are not sworn officers.

Wintermute said...

What does the legitimacy of Trump being POTUS have to do with anything? Unless you are trying to provoke a reaction. There is a word for that kind of behaviour, and I'd like to say I'm surprised West allowed it, but I'm not.

Tim Bento said...

What is the fine and or punishment?

Chip and Andy said...

You are Agents.

Your title may be something else but you are still agents. You don't have legal authority to detain citizens nor do you follow even paramilitary heirarchies with ranks.

You are agents. You are agents of an agency.

And the most important part you seem to be willfully ignoring... You work for us. We can replace you if we choose.

Boldly said...

Wintermute said...
What does the legitimacy of Trump being POTUS have to do with anything? Unless you are trying to provoke a reaction. There is a word for that kind of behaviour, and I'd like to say I'm surprised West allowed it, but I'm not

I'm simply pointing out the idiocy of saying something and expecting it to be true based on denial. Just because the haters say TSO's are not officers, does not make it true. just as saying Trump is not my president does not make it true. Its as valid as saying my sky is not blue...well, it is and they are. Not trying any harder than any other hater here to "provoke" anything. Might try thicker skin...

Boldly said...

Chip and Andy said...
You are Agents.

Your title may be something else but you are still agents. You don't have legal authority to detain citizens nor do you follow even paramilitary heirarchies with ranks.

You are agents. You are agents of an agency.

And the most important part you seem to be willfully ignoring... You work for us. We can replace you if we choose.

is it bad that I envision you stomping your feet while repeating this?

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "A sworn officer is a person with arrest powers. FAM's are sworn officers, some TSI's are sworn officers but TSO's are not sworn officers."

This is technically true, TSOs are not "Sworn Officers" according to the textbook definition. TSA has some employees that are "Sworn Officers", and there are some armed positions that are "Sworn Officers". However, TSOs take an Oath, and hold the title of Transportation Security Officer, so the argument that they are not "Sworn Officers" is a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. There are many positions, jobs and designated slots that have the title of Officer, and a smaller subset that take an Oath when they become an Officer. Your comparison of the two positions is a bit of a straw man. You can disagree with the title, but that does not make the title any less real or true.

Tim Bento sez - "What is the fine and or punishment?"

Each jurisdiction has different rules, regulations and laws put into place by the governmental structure there. There are fines that the Federal Government sometimes issues, but I have seen no hard and fast schedule/designation for them.

Chip and Andy sez - "You are Agents.

Your title may be something else but you are still agents. You don't have legal authority to detain citizens nor do you follow even paramilitary heirarchies with ranks.

You are agents. You are agents of an agency.

And the most important part you seem to be willfully ignoring... You work for us. We can replace you if we choose."

So, you are simply using the word agent as an adjective, gotcha. By that definition, you are an agent for any group that you work for.

Our title is Transportation Security Officer, just in case you were wanting to use the actual title instead of adjectives.

We do work for the American people, and if they choose to elect people that make changes, you are correct - those people can make changes, and by extrapolation, you can assist in those changes.

West
TSA Blog Team