Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TSA Week in Review May 8th - 14th: 76 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags Last Week

Firearms
TSA discovered 76 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 76 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
Inert Grenades
Two inert grenades were discovered in a checked bag at McAllen (MFE) causing a 1hr 18min delay in the checked baggage screening area. 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.
Knives and Sword
From left to right, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at CLE, FAI, LGA and DCA. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.
TSA discovered 76 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 76 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 20 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.  

*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.

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. 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.



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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9 comments:

RB said...

Still waiting for an answer to the question I posted in last weeks thread.

Are there wet ETD patches now? If not why is TSA using contaminated ETD patches.

If patches are wet what is the wetting agent? Where is the MSDS file for whatever agent TSA screeners are smearing on travelers?

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RB said...
Heard a report that a person tested with ETD was swabbed with a wet swab. I thought the swabs were just clean cloth with no added chemicals. Is there a new type of ETD tester being used that uses a wet swab?


May 15, 2017 at 1:48 PM

RB said...

Still waiting for that answer.

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RB said...
Still waiting for an answer to the question I posted in last weeks thread.

Are there wet ETD patches now? If not why is TSA using contaminated ETD patches.

If patches are wet what is the wetting agent? Where is the MSDS file for whatever agent TSA screeners are smearing on travelers?

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RB said...
Heard a report that a person tested with ETD was swabbed with a wet swab. I thought the swabs were just clean cloth with no added chemicals. Is there a new type of ETD tester being used that uses a wet swab?


May 15, 2017 at 1:48 PM

May 18, 2017 at 12:38 PM Delete

GSOLTSO said...

I know of no system of swabbing that is in use by TSA, that uses liquids as a part of the test system. That means no wet swabs. I have never even heard of one that is an ETD system that uses wet swabs - maybe a system in forensic sciences, or some other form of testing.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
I know of no system of swabbing that is in use by TSA, that uses liquids as a part of the test system. That means no wet swabs. I have never even heard of one that is an ETD system that uses wet swabs - maybe a system in forensic sciences, or some other form of testing.

West
TSA Blog Team

May 21, 2017 at 11:58 PM

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I know that there are ETD machines that use a wet swab but none that are in use by TSA to my knowledge. But there was a report that this was done at a checkpoint. It's been so long since my initial question that I can no longer find the original post.

It would be good to know if this was a case of a prototype machine being tested in the field or just sloppy Contamination Management by TSA screeners. Had the TSA Blog Team been a bit more responsive in answering it's possible that the location of the test could be identified and the cause for a wet swab discovered.

Chris Russo said...

"Heard a report"
Is that the equivalent of "I have a friend who has a friend that said..."?

RB said...

Chris Russo said...
"Heard a report"
Is that the equivalent of "I have a friend who has a friend that said..."?

May 22, 2017 at 6:16 PM
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Like the TSA Blog the report was on the internet (@AskTSA) so it has to be true.

What concerns me is the total lack of responsiveness we see from TSA's Blogger Bob and helpers. It give the impression that nothing here has any importance. So why go through the motions each week if this TSA tool isn't really going to be utilized for a means of communication? Similarly, another TSA public medium, @AskTSA, is full of canned responses that really help no one, not even TSA. In my opinion TSA just wants to make a show of public outreach without doing anything meaningful. In other words just checking a box.

I'd really be curious exactly how many tax dollars go to support the TSA Blog, @TSA, @AskTSA, and the several TSA spokespeople who all have twitter accounts that post TSA matters.

Boldly said...

Chris Russo said...
"Heard a report"
Is that the equivalent of "I have a friend who has a friend that said..."?
if you aren't a regular here you may not know, "I heard a report" or "a mother said..." is as good as gospel to many of the haters here. There needs not be any evidence or factual information and in fact video can show beyond a doubt that the reports are lies, but to the haters, its still gospel. Facts are of no concern to them, the agenda trumps all. and innocents must be proven, not assumed...even then it is questioned

RB said...

I see that once again the TSA Blog Team has illegally censored my comment which demonstrated the unacceptable screenings that TSA inflicts on innocent travelers. I wonder if anyone at TSA has ever heard of the United States Constitution and its First Amendment?

One was a link to a video clip that was posted on TSA's twitter account, @AskTSA, so there was no reason, legal or otherwise, that it was censored from the TSA Blog, another TSA media outlet. The lady in this video clip showed exactly how a TSA screener screened her genitals.

The other was a very traumatized lady who had her mastectomy scars groped by a TSA screener.

https://twitter.com/AskTSA/status/865939428551921664

The initial response from @AskTSA was classic:

"We understand pat-downs are uncomfortable but are an important security measure to keep dangerous items off planes."

That response from TSA demonstrates exactly how little concern TSA has for citizens and travelers.

I maintain that we are safer without TSA than with!

***Screen shot captured and DHS OIG report already prepared for submission of a Civil Rights Violation.

Doober said...

Interesting, West, that RB's post included the word "genitals" and you allowed it to be posted, but you wouldn't post my comment that used the same word.

screen shot/DHS IG statement