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!

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Bob Burns

TSA Social Media Team



7 comments:

RB said...

No comments posted on the last two TSA weekly roundups. Does that indicate that the TSA Blog Team has failed by not eliciting any comments or by just ignoring the ones that have been submitted?

Certainly seems to indicate that this blog is sinking, sinking fast. Perhaps some recent changes that were made are responsible or maybe the weekly submission by TSA is so canned that no one is paying attention any more.

Chris Russo said...

Maybe the same constant comments & complaints by the same posters are so canned that no one is paying attention any more.

Wintermute said...

I refuse to continue playing West's games, so this is one of my rare comments until he is removed as moderator.

RB said...

Wintermute, what game are you speaking of? I haven't seen much of anything happening on the TSA Blog for some time. In fact it seems to have started some time around when Lynn silently disappeared. I don't see much of anything out of West except to carry water for TSA and Bobbie is just a silent name on the marquee.

Chip and Andy said...

".. Chris Russo said...
Maybe the same constant comments & complaints by the same posters are so canned that no one is paying attention any more."

So you are suggesting that the Blog Team here are simply shirking their duties because they find the comments to be repetitive?

My dislike and distrust of the TSA is well known but you seem to be suggesting dereliction of duty on the part of the TSA staff.... are you sure you are one of their supporters?

Boldly said...

".. Chris Russo said...
Maybe the same constant comments & complaints by the same posters are so canned that no one is paying attention any more."

So you are suggesting that the Blog Team here are simply shirking their duties because they find the comments to be repetitive? could be. Sometimes babies cry simply for attention. If you ignore them, they will fall asleep.

My dislike and distrust of the TSA is well known but you seem to be suggesting dereliction of duty on the part of the TSA staff.... are you sure you are one of their supporters? did I say dereliction of duty? Am I a TSA supporter? I am a supporter of protecting people. I am a supporters of erring on the side of caution if lives are at stake. I'm a supporter of gathering FACTS before making hasty decisions and judgments. When TSA screws up, I have no problem calling them out on it. I however unlike most here don't believe TSA is at fault just because a passenger says so. So often video supports TSA. I am a supporter of most of the TSA staff as I believe a vast majority are in it for the right reason. Every business including your own has a few bad apples. I am also a supporter of not hating all because of the actions of very very few. I have seen first hand too many great and selfless things done by TSA staff to believe they are all bad.

Wintermute said...

"When TSA screws up, I have no problem calling them out on it."

Name one time you've called them out on a screwup. There have been numerous posted, and you've defended every single one.