Friday, April 7, 2017

TSA 2-Weeks in Review Mar 20th - April 2nd: 112 Loaded Firearms in Carry-on Bags over Last Two Weeks

Firearms

TSA discovered 136 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 136 firearms discovered, 112 were loaded and 41 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last two weeks. See a complete list below.

Knives
From left to right, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, OAK, DEN, MDW, MYR, BNA, ABQ and ABQ. While knives are not allowed in carry-on bags, you may pack them in your checked luggage.


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.


TSA discovered 136 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 136 firearms discovered, 112 were loaded and 41 had a round chambered.
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. 

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 



6 comments:

Fix the TSA said...

Only one difficult to read time/date stamp this week, Bob? Disappointing. Looks like you managed not to cut off gun photos this week, though, so kudos for that.

Chip and Andy said...

So what happened TSA? Over a hundred comments on that one post, only one on this one in ten days? I seriously doubt it is from lack of interest from the reading public, why are you so reluctant to approve the comments in a timely manner?

RB said...

I just checked the TSA "Meet our Bloggers" link to see if TSA actually had any bloggers since none is being done here.

GSOLTSO said...

Chip and Andy sez - "So what happened TSA? Over a hundred comments on that one post, only one on this one in ten days? I seriously doubt it is from lack of interest from the reading public, why are you so reluctant to approve the comments in a timely manner?"

All comments have been cleared as of this morning. They are either posted, registered with the system as SPAM or were determined to not meet blog posting guidelines.

RB sez - "I just checked the TSA "Meet our Bloggers" link to see if TSA actually had any bloggers since none is being done here."

All of the people that participate at the blog, are part timers here. We all have other job responsibilities we have to take care of and do this in a limited capacity. I have been here, just have other things I have to do as well.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Chip and Andy sez - "So what happened TSA? Over a hundred comments on that one post, only one on this one in ten days? I seriously doubt it is from lack of interest from the reading public, why are you so reluctant to approve the comments in a timely manner?"

All comments have been cleared as of this morning. They are either posted, registered with the system as SPAM or were determined to not meet blog posting guidelines.

RB sez - "I just checked the TSA "Meet our Bloggers" link to see if TSA actually had any bloggers since none is being done here."

All of the people that participate at the blog, are part timers here. We all have other job responsibilities we have to take care of and do this in a limited capacity. I have been here, just have other things I have to do as well.

West
TSA Blog Team

April 17, 2017 at 3:45 PM

...............
How many TSA employees work on the blog?

RB said...

More chatter of ClearCare brand contact lens cleaners being prohibited by TSA screeners.

Is this a simple case where TSA cannot determine if an item is actually dangerous or not?

Are TSA screening methods so poor that harmless items are confused with real WEI?

And exactly where does TSA derive any authority to prohibit harmless items since the legislation only allows TSA to prohibit WEI?

If TSA can't determine if an item is harmless then I would say that leaves not option other than a vote of NO Confidence in TSA methods.