Saturday, March 25, 2017

TSA Week in Review Mar 13th - 19th: Record Tying 81 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags Last Week - Inert Explosives Detected In Carry-on

Firearms
TSA discovered 81 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 81 firearms discovered, 74 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. This tied our current record of 81 firearms (70 loaded) discovered in August of 2016. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Inert Explosives
Three inert blocks of explosives were detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). This wasn’t a test. It was a military instructor who stated that he forgot they were in his bag. 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.
Plastic Dagger
This plastic dagger was discovered near the inner right ankle of a Nashville (BNA) passenger after AIT screening. All knives are prohibited as carry-on items. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
Bladed Items
From left to right, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LAS, DTW, SAN and ABQ


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:

Chip and Andy said...

"...Three inert blocks of explosives were detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at"

So the little swab testing machine can tell you if I have been handling explosives (or lotion) but the same machine can't tell you these are inert and not explosives? They can't fly because why, exactly?

RB said...

Inert blocks of explosives. If the item is inert then it cannot be explosive.

Might look like the real deal but cannot honestly be tagged as an explosive.

RB said...

TSA's assault of a young boy at DFW is blowing up yet the TSA Blog Team remains in hiding.

Please explain how some type of an alarm on a laptop is mitigated by a very aggressive pat down of a boy?

Doober said...

RB asked: Please explain how some type of an alarm on a laptop is mitigated by a very aggressive pat down of a boy?

I think it happens the same way patting down a parent wanting to board a plane with breast milk or baby food magically makes that breast milk/baby food safe.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, it looks like you have (accidentally or intentionally) included a few date/time stamps in the gun photos. This is great - keep doing this.

Fix the TSA said...

Bob, it appears that you (intentionally or accidentally) included date/time stamps in the firearms photo. Please continue to do this and do it for the other photos.

Rachel Massey said...

After reading this blog and watching the video of the pat-down, I don’t believe the TSA officials were in the wrong. According to this article, there are specific guidelines of the pat-down that allow them to perform them to anyone, even children. As long as the TSA official followed the correct procedure in conducting the pat-down, I don’t feel like anything incorrect occurred. The reality that TSA knows more about safety, intelligence, and threats than the average American person watching and commenting on the video should also be considered. I am sorry that the boy received the pat-down—no one enjoys that process—but I am also thankful that we have the safety measures and proactive approach that we do for airport security in the United States. I understand that it’s frustrating sometimes, but it is worth it, at least for me. I find the accommodations allowed while receiving a pat-down to be very lenient as well. It is unfortunate that this boy was patted down, but the TSA is allowed to perform random pat-downs to any person and therefore I don’t think they did anything out of line with normal safety procedure.

Shizzle said...

Pat-downs are intrusive for sure. However, let's look at the reality of our current world: ISIS burns people to death. ISIS auctions off young girls to be raped. ISIS throws people off of roofs to their death. ISIS cuts peoples' heads off on film. That's pretty gruesome, right? I bet ISIS wouldn't hesitate for a minute to stuff a child full of explosives, or force him to mule in a weapon through a checkpoint. It sounds pretty crazy, but that is what we deal with every day. If you do not want to be subject to a search, don't fly. It's as simple as that, and it is your choice. If you don't want to be searched, you need to vote in representatives who will change the law. Until then, TSA screeners have to do what the law requires of them. Please don't hate the player...hate the game. Send all hate mail to your elected representative.

Sailoratheart said...

Dear TSA, I have been amazed at how many people over the years have not got it yet. Just look at the regular reports of things being found. I believe the vigilance to protect us all as part of travel internationally over the years has become necessary. It is very much appreciated by my spouse and I when we travel. Having been a Security Guard myself, I appreciate the efforts and results that straight forward conscientious Security Guards have performed in protecting us over the years. I have always felt good when I had done my job to the best I could do. No thank you was necessary to feel good about that. So when there is nothing but complaints and no thank yous. Just let it be a higher power to guide you in response. Thank you, Dan and Shirley. Keep them flying!

RB said...

Shizzle said...
Pat-downs are intrusive for sure. However, let's look at the reality of our current world: ISIS burns people to death. ISIS auctions off young girls to be raped. ISIS throws people off of roofs to their death. ISIS cuts peoples' heads off on film. That's pretty gruesome, right? I bet ISIS wouldn't hesitate for a minute to stuff a child full of explosives, or force him to mule in a weapon through a checkpoint. It sounds pretty crazy, but that is what we deal with every day. If you do not want to be subject to a search, don't fly. It's as simple as that, and it is your choice. If you don't want to be searched, you need to vote in representatives who will change the law. Until then, TSA screeners have to do what the law requires of them. Please don't hate the player...hate the game. Send all hate mail to your elected representative.

April 4, 2017 at 4:26 PM

.................
What a load of hogwash. TSA creates its own rules and when Congress ask questions as part of its oversight TSA leadership won't answer.

The only way to right this ship is to end TSA. The threat is not as great as TSA claims. If it was we would have seen an incident. By DHS's own measure TSA has missed up to 96% of target items and TSA refuses to fully screen airport workers. The opportunity is certainly available if a terrorist wanted to attempt something.

We also need to refocus on what TSA is doing. The 9/11 terrorist didn't try to just blow up an airplane. They hijacked those airplanes and used them as guided missiles. Nothing TSA is doing today would have changed that outcome. What was done was adding hardened cockpit doors, arming pilots, and adding Federal Air Marshals to some flights.

TSA is just not needed to prevent another 9/11 yet we tolerate TSA assaulting our children.

I say it is time to shave $8,000,000,000.00 off our federal budget and dump TSA and its employees.

Chip and Andy said...

Shizzle said...
Pat-downs are intrusive for sure. However, let's look at the reality of our current world:

OK. ISIS is bad, no one will disagree with you.

Where we WILL disagree is how effective TSA is in preventing ISIS from doing those bad things you mentioned....

The JFK 11 just walked through security, no pat down no nothing. And when discovered the answer was 'meh they probably aren't dangerous. If even one of them had been one of those terrible ISIS terrorists....

The nice lady in Atlanta who discovered her legally owned firearm in her handbag at the gate, PAST the security checkpoint. If she was one of those evil ISIS.....

All the nice people in Savannah who got searched after getting off of the train, AFTER THEY ARRIVED, if even one of those people had been ISIS....

There are claims by TSA cheerleaders and employees on this very blog that say explosives as small as a stick of gum could be smuggled on board so the TSA is going to use machines that couldn't detect something as large as a pancake if it placed a certain way on the body.... if only ISIS knew that little factoid.....

Either ISIS is made up of people who have less ability than Wile E. Coyote, or the changes already made to the aircraft like hardened cockpit doors and in-flight policies that no longer encourage compliance with the terrorist are doing a much better job that the TSA could ever do.

As to the players and games..... every post I share on this blog gets shared with several elected officials. Even the ones that don't get posted for whatever reason.

You can like the TSA all you want, I am going to hate on the players AND the game.