Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TSA Week in Review Feb 20th - 26th - Record Number of Firearms Discovered in One Day, Stun Cane, Inert Explosives, and More

Record Number of Firearms Discovered in One Day - On February 23rd, 21 firearms were discovered around the country in carry-on bags. That broke the previous record of 18 set in 2014. 

Firearms
TSA discovered 79 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 79 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
A realistic replica suicide vest and claymore mine were discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at El Paso (ELP).
This realistic replica suicide vest and claymore mine were discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at El Paso (ELP). The traveler was an explosives ordnance disposal contractor and the items are used as training aids. Instructors needing to travel with inert explosives training aids should plan ahead and find another way to transport their training aids. They are prohibited in both checked and carry-on bags. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.
Live smoke grenade
This live smoke grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU). Not only do smoke grenades deploy a thick blanket of smoke, they also burn extremely hot and are considered hazmat. They are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.
Stun Cane
This stun cane was discovered in the carry-on property of a Kahului (OGG) traveler. All stun devices are prohibited in carry-on bags. Concealed stun devices can lead to fines and arrest.

Loaded magazine
During additional screening of a wheelchair at LaGuardia (LGA), this loaded magazine with 10 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition was discovered in a bag underneath the seat cushion. When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag. Concealed ammunition can lead to fines and arrest.
Knives
Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at LGA, DEN, FLL, GNV, IAH, PVD and STX. All knives are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. Please pack them in checked baggage.
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. 

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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11 comments:

Charly Tuna said...
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The Turk said...

Where are the airport by airport breakdowns, please add those back again!

AnotherJim said...

How much of this stuff gets discovered in pre-check lines?

Charly Tuna said...

"See a complete list below." Still waiting on a list?...

RB said...

Seems the new orders for the day are Intimate Pat Downs by TSA screeners.

Bloomberg is reporting that TSA is notifying police about how invasive these pat downs are and to be ready for complaints.

If anyone receives a pat down and believes they have been assaulted then please file a report with the local police.

While TSA says they can do anything they want during screening doesn't make that true. The courts are here to protect the rights of citizens.

Chip and Andy said...

You found a lot of things.

Isn't your job to find things?

Are we supposed to do something because you did your job? Because we're not really all that sure you actually do your job like you claim, at least if we use the JFK 11 as an indicator of performance.

Boldly said...

RB said...

If anyone receives a pat down and believes they have been assaulted then please file a report with the local police.

While TSA says they can do anything they want during screening doesn't make that true. The courts are here to protect the rights of citizens.

As well all know, even you, By going through a checkpoint you are submitting to screening. Kind of makes the "assault" argument a mute point if you are willingly submitting to it.

Secondly, you say TSA says they can do anything they want. Can you provide a link a reference to anywhere that TSA has made that claim?
I have actually never heard anyone from TSA say that. If you could provide that information it would be helpful.
But I assume you cant. just your take based on your hatred for TSA I'm sure...
But you really shouldn't misquote people or make false accusations...though you are well known for it. Prove me wrong..

Chip and Andy said...

Boldly said...As well all know, even you, By going through a checkpoint you are submitting to screening. Kind of makes the "assault" argument a mute point if you are willingly submitting to it.

The fact that you have the Hobson's choice of submitting to illegal search or not flying does not make the illegal, and unconstitutional by the way, search suddenly OK. Assault is still assault even if the person being assaulted doesn't complain.

You knew that already, you just wanted to try and make it seem like the TSA having to notify local LEO's to expect more complaints seem like the travelers are the problem and not the TSA.

Boldly said...

Chip and Andy said...
Boldly said...As well all know, even you, By going through a checkpoint you are submitting to screening. Kind of makes the "assault" argument a mute point if you are willingly submitting to it.

The fact that you have the Hobson's choice of submitting to illegal search or not flying does not make the illegal, and unconstitutional by the way, search suddenly OK. Assault is still assault even if the person being assaulted doesn't complain.

You knew that already, you just wanted to try and make it seem like the TSA having to notify local LEO's to expect more complaints seem like the travelers are the problem and not the TSA.

the problem with your argument (as usual) is it is based on your opinion, not law or judicial decision.. TSA screening has been challenged and every time it has been deemed legal and constitutional as you well know. That you don't agree with it does not make it otherwise. Until your opinion is upheld by the courts, it will be invalid...legally speaking of course. And legality is the premise of your argument.

Chip and Andy said...

Boldy said... "TSA screening has been challenged and every time it has been deemed legal and constitutional "

Actually, no. It hasn't.

The last case to see a Judge in any capacity was in 2011 and was decided by Circuit Court Judges and the rules was only that the Nudie-Scanners were not illegal.

There was another case that was going to go before the Supreme Court, but it was dismissed before the court would hear it. Not because of any support of the TSA from the courts, it was dismissed because apparently the documents cover wasn't thick enough.

In other words, there is no Supreme Court precedent regarding the Constitutionality of the TSA warrantless searches. If you want to spin that as the searches are 'legal' then you have to qualify it with a great big 'for now.'

Again, you knew that already but want to make it seem like the citizens are the problem and not the TSA.

Wintermute said...

So you're saying there are no cases still winding their way through the courts?