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Friday, November 16, 2012
Replica Claymore mine discovered at Tulsa airport.

Replica Mine Discovered at TUL

Inert Ordnance and Grenades Etc. - We continue to find inerthand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an itemlooks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A replica Claymore mine was detected in a checked bag at Tulsa (TUL). It was determined to be inert and had the word “dummy” scrawled upon it.
  • Two inert detonators were detected in carry-on bags at San Diego (SAN) and Denver (DEN).
  • An HG-1 training grenade in an instructor’s checked bag caused the checked baggage area at Bradley (BDL) to be closed for 20 minutes.
  • 3 inert grenades were discovered this week. Two in checked baggage at Seattle (SEA) & Anchorage (ANC), and the other in a carry-on bag at Oklahoma City (OKC).
Four grenades discovered at OKC, BDL, SEA, DEN, SAN
Pocket knife hidden in a potato chip can at Austin.

Pocket knife hidden in a potato chip can at Austin

Items in the Strangest Places - It’s important to check your bags prior to traveling. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A pocketknife was discovered in a potato chip can at Austin (AUS). New cutting edge flavor?

What Not to Say at an Airport - Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience manyother passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • An Atlanta passenger approached a flight attendant and asked her if she had ever been hijacked before.

Stun Guns - Two stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation: Detroit (DTW), Burbank (BUR)

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things--to mention a few...

Firearms - Here are pictures of some of the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. See a complete list below.

Six loaded firearms discovered at HOU, ATL, ATL, DFW, TLH
Four loaded firearms discovered at HOU, IAH, IND, CLE
Three loaded firearms discovered at MSO, AUS and RIC.
27 firearms discovered last week at checkpoints. 24 were loaded.

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 throughput 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.

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Submitted by Anonymous on

Big deal...when you stop a terrorist attack (you have failed many times), I'll congratulate you. So far, it's mostly law abiding citizens...

Submitted by Skol on

I hope no one forgets that you guys are the ones that have to ascertain whether these items are going to go off in your face, on a daily basis.

Submitted by Tramky on

And then there is the guy at Oakland, the artful guy with the wristwatchwith wires and shoes a size or two too large. He spent at least one night in jail after TSA called the cops for some reason. A watch with wires and big shoes do not constitute a crime, and TSA and the local cops are lying when they say they do. You don't go to the airport and end up being arrested for having an unusual watch and shoes too large for your feet! Totally outrageous. This guy must get an apology from TSA, from the local cops, and $50,000 tax-free cash for his trouble--and any TSA and law enforcement records about him totally & completely expunged of this incident. Nothing less will suffice.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Still waiting for Bobby to explain why it's no big deal that the software in the widely-deployed Rapiscan systems was approved on the basis of faked test data.

These Rapiscan machines, by the way, are the same ones that had the "minor glitch" not too long ago that caused them to put out ten times the radiation they claimed-- well beyond the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for many travelers.

Do the TSA contracting officers ALWAYS pick such winners, Bobby?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Ahhhh the white space is back.

Submitted by RB on

I submitted a comment that mentioned National Opt Out and Film week.

Why was that comment illegally censored as it fully complied with the illegal TSA posting guidance.

Complaint submitted to DHS OIG for civil rights violations.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Come on, let's see the steampunk watch, Bob! Or is it so innocuous that it's an embarrassment?

Submitted by Anonymous on

- Insulin pump
- Michelle Dunaj
- urostomy bag
- false positives on my knees the last two times I've gone through the scanners (my knees do not have metal or anything else on them!)

Feet. Fire.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please instruct you TSA agents NOT to wear their badges upside down.

They must wear them right side up for expedient identification.

Thank you.

Submitted by Anonymous on

so how are law abiding citizens going to stop a terrorist on a plane if they can't take their gun on with them? don't give me any bs about how the cops will stop them. you are just making people into targets. (ok, all the good guys, put down your guns! then when the bad guys come with their's, we'll all be safe!