Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TSA Week in Review Jan 30th - Feb 5th

Firearms
TSA discovered 56 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 56 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Knives
Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, HNL, BUR, ATL and CHS.

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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8 comments:

Doober said...

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/rocker-in-airport-bust-says-he-often-flew-with-gun/

"Rock guitarist Rick Derringer told a federal air marshal that he had kept his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 times a year, and was only detained last month at Atlanta’s airport near the end of a trip from Mexico, authorities said."

Chip and Andy said...

Aaaaannnnddd...... still no terrorists. Or any bad guys really, since so many of your cheerleaders remind me that you aren't looking for terrorists.

RB said...

Why wasn't this story posted in the weekly update?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/13/tsa-workers-helped-puerto-rico-based-ring-smuggle-100m-cocaine-prosecutors-say.html

"Prosecutors in Puerto Rico have smashed a ring of current and former U.S. Transportation Security Administration workers that allegedly smuggled 20 tons of cocaine worth as much as $100 million into the U.S. over more than a decade."

Again, insider threats pose a larger security threat than passengers yet TSA does nothing to mitigate the threat. All airport workers should be screened each and every time they enter the security areas of an airport. No different that passengers.

Yes4TSA said...

How do you know these weren't bad guys? Am I missing the part where their names and criminal history are attached with the firearm description?

Boldly said...

Chip and Andy said...
Aaaaannnnddd...... still no terrorists. Or any bad guys really, since so many of your cheerleaders remind me that you aren't looking for terrorists

its only said because it's true. Annnnnnnd still no terror attacks on an American based flight. Also true.

Boldly said...

Yes4TSA said...
How do you know these weren't bad guys? Am I missing the part where their names and criminal history are attached with the firearm description?

absolutely correct. As I have said many times, had screeners stopped the box cutters on 9-11, 3000+ lives would have been saved and not one person would have known that the largest terror attack in US history was prevented. It is entirely possible that another large scale or even several large scale attacks have been prevented by TSA. There is no way we will ever know. But we do know for a fact, there has not been a single terror attack on an American based flight since the inception of TSA. That is undeniable.

Chip and Andy said...

"...It is entirely possible that another large scale or even several large scale attacks have been prevented by TSA."

Could be.

But all the evidence to date about, from, and for the TSA does not support that claim. People who have crossed whatever 'line' and have decided to go kill a bunch of people on, or around, or with, an aircraft aren't likely to just say 'shucks' and go home after the TSA voluntarily surrenders their binary explosives that are secretly mixed in bottles of gatorade and tubes of toothpaste.

Unless, of course, you are the type that believes a no-guns-allowed sign is the only thing keeping all the banks from being robbed. Then by all means the TSA is the most awesome agency full of awesome ever!

Yes4TSA said...

So don't you think it'd possible thata person that was stopped with a firearm had a plan to unload said fire arm on the plan? But because the firearm was discovered the person couldn't do what he had planned and said dang it. And when questioned by police I don't think he would say " well my plan was to... "