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TSA Week in Review: May 27 - June 2

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-06-05 13:17
Everybody, let’s rock! Not to get you all shook up, but the Tupelo Elvis Festival is this week – and it’s the 20th anniversary! If you’re planning on getting out the hair gel and taking that flight to Mississippi, we have some travel tips to make sure you don’t spend One Night in the Heartbreak Hotel. Too Much? Alright, a little less conversation and a little more blog action.TSA Pre✓® members and passengers younger than 13 and older than 75 can leave their shoes on during security screening, especially if they are blue suede. And if you’re a traveling Guitar Man check out these tips for traveling with your musical instruments.Between May 27 and June 2, TSA screened 16.9 million passengers and found 95 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 95 firearms discovered, 83 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered.During the month of May, we discovered 11 more firearms than we did last May.Not to be cruel, but bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. If you are like Elvis and must travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly. After all, wise men say only fools rush into security with a prohibited item.See all firearm discoveries from May 27 to June 2 in this chart.Packing real or realistic replicas of explosive items can lead to hefty civil penalties or even arrest. Any time our officers...

TSA Week in Review: May 20 - 26

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-05-30 17:19
Here we are, only a few days past Memorial Day, and we are off and running with the 2019 summer travel season. If the numbers from last weekend are any indication, it looks like we’re in for one of our busiest summer travel seasons ever. Friday, May 24, set a daily record with nearly 2.8 million passengers going through the security checkpoint. If you’re planning on heading to the airport for an early summer vacation, be sure to give yourself plenty of time. We recommend arriving two hours early for domestic and three hours for international flights.And if you’re looking to save some money and bring the good times with you on that vacation, you can pack your daiquiri blenders in your checked bags! That’s an unofficial #TSAtraveltip from me to you.Between May 20 and 26, TSA screened 17 million passengers and found 97 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 97 firearms discovered, 85 were loaded and 45 had a round chambered.As a reminder, bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. If you must travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from May 20 to 26 in this chart.When I was in high school, I remember hiding a few of my summer vacation activities from my parents. When they found out, however, I would pay the price. One thing I never did though was wrap up a...

TSA Week in Review: May 6 - 19

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-05-22 15:44
Sorry I missed you all last week. Sometimes I wish I were a robot so I could crank out these blog posts without ever needing to power down. Now, with my batteries recharged, I’m kicking off the rust and jumping in!Between May 6 and 19, TSA screened 32.1 million passengers and found 176 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 176 firearms discovered, 153 were loaded and 54 had a round chambered.Since @RB noticed it was left off the last blog, between April 29 and May 5, TSA screened 15.8 million passengers.As a reminder, bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. If you must travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from May 6 - 19 in this chart.Wait! Speaking of robots, last week I was able to attend the 13th annual Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise hosted at New Mexico’s Kirtland Air Force Base by Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Explosive response teams from all around the country cowboy’d up to test their skills in challenging environments. Two TSA Transportation Security Explosives Specialists from Albuquerque International Sunport participated in the competition by developing challenges to help familiarize teams with aviation threats.One advantage of using robots to clear explosive threats is that nobody has to wear one...

TSA Travel Tips: Navigating the Airport with a Guide Dog

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-05-15 15:38
Traveling doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.  Here’s what you can expect if you or someone you know is visually impaired and traveling with a guide dog.Plan aheadEducation and preparation are key to help you and your guide dog gain confidence and a better understanding of what to expect during screening.  There are services and programs such as The Guide Dog Foundation, Inc., that coordinate with airports and TSA to provide demonstrations and practices for you and your guide dog. These live demonstrations provide guidance to you, your guide dog, and TSA Officers as well.TSA can also provide assistance to help you through airport security. Contact TSA Cares 72 hours before your scheduled flight. A passenger support specialist or a supervisory transportation security officer will arrange to meet you curbside and will help guide you through security.Pack properlyWhen packing for your trip, be sure to place your travel-sized liquids in a quart-sized bag and any electronic devices larger than a cell phone, in an easily accessible area as they will need to be removed from your bag for screening. Liquids over 3.4 ounces are not allowed through security, however, the rule does not apply if you are traveling with liquid medications.  TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.When in doubt, consider checking your bag. The fewer...

TSA Week in Review: April 29 - May 5

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-05-09 13:11
Let’s commence this blog post by recognizing all the upcoming graduates! May is the start of the graduation season. So, if you’re flying to see someone walk, do your homework and study these tips to easily pass through security. Oh the places you’ll go!If you’ll be traveling with a graduation gift, our officers may need to open that gift to clear an alarm. That means it’s a good idea to wait until you get to your destination to wrap it. Also, diplomas, hats, gowns and left over pizza are all allowed in carry-on or checked bags.Between April 29 and May 5, TSA found 83 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 83 firearms discovered, 69 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered.In April 2019, we discovered 350 firearms in carry-on bags. That is 11 more than in 2018.Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest and it’s a bonehead move that most certainly won’t move you to the head of the class. If you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, then you could even lose your status. So, if you must travel with your firearm to a graduation, at least check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from April 29 to May 5 in this chart.Packing replica explosive items or smoke grenades can lead to an unpleasant experience at the airport. So take a lesson and just leave these items at home.Pictured above from the left:A smoke grenade discovered in a carry-on bag by TSA officers at...

TSA Week in Review: April 22 - 28

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-05-01 13:42
We are off to the races! The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and if you decide in the spur of the moment to attend, you can trot through the security checkpoint with these travel tips. If you’re flying out after the race, be sure to hoof it to the airport at least two hours before your flight! But don’t worry, we’ll make sure you don’t have to stand in line furlong.If you’re packing one of those fancy hats in your checked bags, we’d recommend putting it in a case to keep it stable and make sure it doesn’t get damaged while your bag is being transported. And if you’re like me, you can’t leave Kentucky without a big ol’ bottle of bourbon. Bottles larger than 3.4oz must go in your checked bags. The airport will have a complimentary bottle wrapping service to ensure your hooch makes it home.Now it’s your regularly scheduled post-time:Between April 22 and 28, TSA screened 16.6 million passengers and found 85 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 85 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered.Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. That is a lot of money to pony up, so if you must travel with your firearm check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly.See all firearm discoveries from April 22 to 28 in this chart.Odds are that most of you know NOT to pack lighter fluid, live smoke grenades and replica explosive detonators! But just in case, don’t go for the...

TSA Week in Review: April 15 - 21

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-04-25 19:08
Aviation security is our forte! And it is music to our ears when passengers know the rules. After all, we hate seeing people get in treble for forgetting a prohibited item in their bag. If you’re planning on traveling to tune into some Jazz at the New Orleans 50th anniversary Jazz Fest, then don’t fret and follow these travel tips.Packing real, replica or inert explosives can be a major problem as the trio of passengers who packed the above items recently learned. Any time we locate a suspected explosive device, we call an explosives specialist and security screening is paused until the item is determined to be safe. That takes time and could lead to your fellow passengers missing flights and being delayed.Pictured above from the left:Officers at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage discovered a grenade-shaped battery pack on April 15.A replica grenade was found in a carry-on bag at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on April 20.An inert initiator key chain was discovered during X-ray screening at Albert J. Ellis Airport in North Carolina on April 21.Fireworks are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags. This includes, but is certainly not limited to: “spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, donkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or whistling kitty chasers.” Oh, I almost forgot, snakes and sparklers are NOT allowed either! If we do find snakes we will for sure call Samuel L. Jackson to come...

TSA Week in Review: April 8 - 14

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:40
With spring comes flowers and I’ve heard the flowers will be in full bloom in Skagit Valley this weekend! If you do decide to book a last minute flight to tip toe through some tulips, then follow these travel tips to ensure a thorn-free trip!Between April 8 - 14, TSA screened 16.3 million passengers and found 91 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 91 firearms discovered, 81 were loaded and 35 had a round chambered.Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest.If you need to travel with your guns ‘n roses, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to properly travel with your firearm. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination as they can vary.Review all the firearm discoveries from April 8 to 14 in this chart.Real, replica or inert explosives are not allowed – at all. Don’t have an ‘Oopsie daisy’ moment; just go ahead and leave these items at home. In case you forgot, when TSA officers discover anything that resembles an explosive, they call an explosives specialist to assess the situation. This can lead to you missing your flight and overall just a bad thyme!Pictured above from the left:A flower grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Santa Fe Regional Airport on April 9. Does it boom me? Does it boom me not? Don’t worry, no petals were plucked to determine the grenade was inert.TSA officers at San Diego International Airport found a flash...

TSA Week in Review: April 1 - 7

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-04-11 16:30
Winter is coming! Well, eventually. And unless you travel using dragons, you’ll want to follow the rules to ensure a hassle-free trip from takeoff to King’s Landing! Is it just me or is everyone excited for the final season of Game of Thrones?!Between April 1 - 7, TSA screened 15.9 million passengers and discovered 87 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 87 firearms discovered, 69 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered.Bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a stark civil penality up to $13,333 and a disqualification from TSA Pre✓®.If you need to travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to properly travel with your firearm. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination as they can vary.Review all the firearm discoveries from April 1 to 7 in this chart. I don’t mean to hound you, but packing real, replica or inert explosives is not cool. Remember, when TSA officers discover anything that resembles an explosive, they call in explosives specialists to assess the situation. This can lead to missed flights, as airlines may not hold the door for you.Pictured above from the left:On April 2, TSA officers at San Diego International Airport discovered a claymore – that’s an anti-personnel mine folks – that was determined to be inert during checked baggage screening. If a claymore is inert, is it considered clay-less?The Albuquerque International Sunport checked baggage...

TSA Week in Review: March 18 - 31

TSA Blog - Tue, 2019-04-02 22:48
Sorry I missed you last week… I was off visiting the Last Frontier State! If you’re from the lower 48, you might not be aware that aviation is a HUGE deal in Alaska, with TSA officers securing 23 airports throughout the year. To put that in context, Texas – a state that is home to almost 29 million people – has 26 federalized airports. The population of Alaska? Just under 738,000.Why are there so many airports in Alaska? Because most of Alaska’s towns are only reachable by plane. As a result, Alaskans are real pros when it comes to airport security. So follow the tips below and learn to fly like an Alaskan!And if you find yourself in Anchorage this summer, keep an eye out for our newest explosives detection canine, Messi-Masi, and handler Raven.Now back to your regularly scheduled blog posting!Between March 18 - 31, TSA screened 33.3 million passengers and discovered 161 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 161 firearms discovered, 141 were loaded and 55 had a round chambered.A total of 328 firearms were discovered in March 2019; that is 13 less than last year!Imagine saving the $13,333 – which could be the civil penalty you’d pay for bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint – and putting it toward your trip to Alaska this summer. The amount of ulu knives and oosiks you could buy! Not putting yourself in a position to be arrested would be a plus, too.So keep that spending money and check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to travel with your...

Spring Break Travel Tips 2019

TSA Blog - Fri, 2019-03-22 07:23
It’s time to ‘Spring’ forward and take a ‘Break’ from the winter weather. During the Spring Break travel period, which – believe it or not – began in late February and continues into April, TSA will screen an estimated 107 million passengers and crew. If you’re taking off on a getaway of your own, we have some helpful tips to get you ready before you head to the airport.When you start packing, make sure you place the following items in your checked luggage:Anything with a blade, including all knives, cigar cutters and corkscrews with bladesSporting goods, including golf clubs, baseball bats, cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks and spear gunsFull-size bottles of sunscreen, tanning lotions and insect repellantWine, liquor, beer, and other beverages in containers larger than 3.4 ouncesThen, you can pack these travel-friendly items in your carry-on bag:All travel-size liquids, including creams, gels (remember, you're allowed a single quart-size, clear bag for liquid in 3.4 ounce or less containers)Liquid makeup such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation and perfume (see above)Solid deodorantFood and snacks for your flight (such as pastries, fruits, vegetables, nuts, candy and dry snacks)Medications and medically-necessary itemsTweezers, files and nail clippersDisposable shaving razorsElectric razors and trimmers, curling irons, and flat ironsE-cigarettes and vape pens (these items are prohibited in checked luggage)Need information on an item not listed above?...

TSA Week in Review: March 11 - 17

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-03-20 18:33
As predicted, spring break has been busy, and I’ll go ahead and wager that, with the start of March Madness, it will only get busier. Let’s go Sooners! If you plan on traveling for a game, read below for more on how to become a professional globe trotter. And trust me when I say, using a flashbang to cheer on your team is out of bounds!Between March 11 - 17, TSA screened 16.6 million passengers and discovered 71 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 71 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered. Seriously folks?At the risk repeating myself again, bringing your firearm through a security checkpoint may result in a civil penalty of up to $13,333 and a disqualification from TSA Pre✓®. If you need to travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how easy it is. Lots of people do it every day and they don’t make the news. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination as rules and laws vary.Review all the firearm discoveries from March 10 to 17.Don’t foul out by packing your replica gun shaped items in your carry-on bag. Did you know that anything made to look like a firearm must be packed in your checked bag? Now you do! It doesn’t matter if the thing actually shoots a projectile or just misses free throws, place it in your checked bag. Looking at you, Pistol Pete! Pack them pistols in checked bags, before heading to the Salt Lake City to cheer on New Mexico State.Pictured...

TSA Week in Review: March 4 - 10

TSA Blog - Wed, 2019-03-13 18:47
You remembered to set your clock forward, but 76 of you forgot how to travel with a firearm. Don’t worry, I got you covered! Check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how easy it is. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination as rules and laws vary.Between March 4 and 10, TSA screened 15.9 million passengers and discovered 76 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 76 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. A friendly reminder to traveling firearm owners: bringing your firearm through a security checkpoint may result in a civil penalty of up to $13,333 and a disqualification from TSA Pre✓®.Review all the firearm discoveries from March 4 to 10. The spring break travel season has officially kicked off! We are expecting a record number of travelers this year. This means security lines will be full of passengers who may not travel often. Whether heading to the beach, the mountains or another destination, be sure to check out the What Can I Bring? page to ensure you’re ready for your vacation.The good news is this week we only found three grenades. The bad news is that is still three too many! Grenades are not allowed in your carry-on or checked bags, even if they’re not real. Our TSA officers have to call the explosives specialists to evaluate any grenade found during screening to determine if it is real or inert. Even if the passenger swears the thing doesn’t work, we still have to check....

TSA On the Job: Passenger Support Specialist

TSA Blog - Fri, 2019-03-08 07:42
I’m a people person – there’s no doubt about it. As a TSA passenger support specialist at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., helping people is something I have the chance to do every day! I’m part of the TSA Cares program, which provides travelers with extra support before and during the security screening process. I help travelers who have disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances navigate the security checkpoint with ease. Any traveler who requires special accommodations or has concerns about the security screening process can ask for a passenger support specialist. Simply call 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to your trip and provide your flight details – it’s that easy. We will tell you what to expect and meet you when you arrive at the airport to guide you through. I’ve worked with passengers with mobility limitations, wounded warriors, parents flying with small children, and people who are nervous about flying – to name a few. It brings me joy to know that I made a difference in helping passengers. For me, the highlight of my day is being able to assist military veterans. My husband is retired Navy and I spent some time working in the Pentagon. In fact, I was in the building during the 9/11 attacks, and those memories will always stay with me. I hope this blog and the accompanying video spreads the word about the TSA Cares program and remember to call 855-787-2227 if you need help. Deborah OwensPassenger Support...

Week in Review: February 25 - March 3

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-03-07 14:43
Between Feb. 25 and March 3, TSA screened 15.3 million passengers and discovered 76 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 76 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered. A friendly reminder to traveling firearm owners: bringing your firearm through a security checkpoint may result in a civil penalty of up to $13,333 and a disqualification from TSA Pre✓®.What is easier than saving money on your car insurance? Properly traveling with your firearm! Check out our Transporting Firearms and Ammunition page to learn how. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination, as rules and laws vary.We discovered 340 firearms in February 2019 compared to the 315 guns officers detected the same month a year ago.Review all the firearm discoveries from Feb. 25 to March 3.Let’s pull the pin on what seems to be a common misconception. Grenades are not allowed in your carry-on or checked bags, even if they’re fake! Our TSA officers have to call the explosives specialists to evaluate any grenade found during screening to determine if it is real or inert. Even if the passenger swears the thing doesn’t work, we still have to check. This takes time and can slow down security or stop it all together.Pictured above from the left:TSA officers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport discovered this ‘grenade bug’ in a carry-on bag on Feb. 26. After it was cleared by our explosives specialists, an exterminator was called to dispose of the pest....

Week in Review: Everything from Finger Knives to Grandpa’s Grenade

TSA Blog - Thu, 2019-02-28 10:49
Between Feb. 18 and 24, TSA screened XX million passengers and discovered 83 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 83 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered. Reminder folks: bringing your firearm through a security checkpoint may result in a civil penalty of up to $13,333 and a disqualification from TSA Pre✓®.The good news is that there’s an easy and proper way to travel with your firearm. Just check out our Transporting Firearms and Ammunition page to learn how. Also, remember to take a look at your airline’s policies and the laws at your destination, as rules and laws vary.Review all the firearm discoveries from Feb. 18 to 24 here.Above are some of the prohibited items discovered in carry-on bags at Raleigh-Durham International Airport:A loaded .380 Smith & Wesson was discovered with a round chambered on Feb. 19 by TSA officers. The passenger was cited by local law enforcement officers for carrying a concealed weapon.On Feb. 22, a double edge knife was discovered during X-ray screening. The knife was confiscated by local law enforcement officers and the passenger received a citation.Another passenger was cited by local law enforcement for carrying a concealed weapon after TSA officers discovered a butterfly knife on Feb. 24.As a reminder, attempting to conceal prohibited items from TSA officers may result in a civil penalty or arrest. Knives and ammunition are allowed in your checked bags. Just put them in there! I guarantee you that the cost of a...
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