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TSA Week in Review: Record 65 Firearms Discovered In Carry-on Bags (54 Loaded)

Friday, May 24, 2013
Loaded Gun (MCI)

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Record 65 Firearms Discovered This Week - This beats our previous record of 50 guns. Of the 65 firearms, 54 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Firearm Strapped to Prosthetic Leg of Passenger - A passenger at Salt Lake City (SLC) received a pat-down after an anomaly was detected during advanced imaging technology screening.During the pat-down, officers discovered a fully loaded .22 caliber firearm inside his boot and strapped to the prosthetic leg.The passenger was arrested by Salt Lake City Airport Police on a state charge of “Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Secure Area.”

Grenades - Discovered at (L-R) LAS, ATL, SLC

Grenades Discovered at (L-R) LAS, ATL, SLC

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks 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 in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Three inert/replica/novelty grenades were discovered across the nation this week in carry-on bags at: Atlanta (ATL), Las Vegas (LAS), and Salt Lake City (SLC).

Stun Guns - 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the others at Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI), Detroit (DTW), Washington Dulles (IAD), Phoenix (PHX), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), and St. Louis (STL).

Stun Guns - Discovered at (L-R) IAD, DTW, LAS, SMF, SFO, BWI, LAS, SJU, ABQ

Stun Guns Discovered at (L-R) IAD, DTW, LAS, SMF, SFO, BWI, LAS, SJU, ABQ

Razor Blade in Shoe (DAY), Razor Blade Found in Garment (TPA)

Razor Blade in Shoe (DAY), Razor Blade Found in Garment (TPA)

Items in the Strangest Places - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A multi-tool was discovered inside the lining of a bag at Guam (GUM).
  • A 3-inch knife blade was found concealed inside a DVD case at Newark (EWR).
  • An anomaly was detected during advance imaging technology screening at Tampa (TPA). During the pat-down, a razorblade was found concealed in the lining of the passenger’s undergarment.
  • A razorblade was discovered concealed in the sole of a shoe at Dayton (DAY).

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

  • While presenting his identification to a travel document checker, an Orlando (MCO) passenger stated: “I also have a bomb.”
  • During additional screening, a Houston (IAH) passenger told the officer that the bottle of water in his bag was a bomb.
Knives - Discovered at (L-R) BWI, DEN, EWR, EWR, ONT, LAX, STL

Knives - Discovered at (L-R) BWI, DEN, EWR, EWR, ONT, LAX, STL

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…

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) HOU, PDX, DFW, CLT, AUS, CLE, DEN, DFW

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) PBI, XNA, JFK, GSP, JAX, OWB, IAH, DEN

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) SAT, SHV, FLL, AUS, CMH, DAL, FLL

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) TPA, CVG, SAT, FLL, GEG, MIA

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) TXK, FSD, ATL, BDL, MGM

Loaded guns discovered in carry-on bags.

Discovered at (L-R) XNA, ATL, DTW, HOU

Loaded gun discovered in carry-on bag.

Discovered at XNA

Ammunition discovered in carry-on bag.

Discovered in Carry-on at LGB

Record 65 Firearms Discovered This Week - This beats our previous record of 50 guns. Of the 65 firearms, 54 were loaded and 19 had rounds chambered.

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. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. 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, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here.

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...Record 65 Firearms Discovered This Week – This beats our previous record of 50 guns. "

So you are actually starting to show some competence at your actual job regarding Aviation Security and we are supposed to applaud you?

More guns, a couple of sarcastic comments regarding bombs, but no terrorists. Maybe you'll get one next week.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I would like proof. There cannot be this many morons almost every week,

Submitted by Bill Bradshaw on

Why isn't the list of guns shown so that the list can be "copied and pasted"?

Bill Bradshaw

Submitted by CY on

How stupid must a person be to kid about having a bomb in their luggage!?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Still waiting for Bob to comment on the incident where a female traveler waiting for her luggage was bitten by a TSA canine. I'm sure TSA will either find some way to blame the lady who was bitten or as in many previous cases TSA will continue to remain mute.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Some comments still amaze me.

No terrorists found. I suppose the blade in the shoe and the razor in the waistband were what? Survivor gear or the blades accidentally fell into the shoe and undergarments.

And the dog bite? Common sense would say that until the investigation on the incident is complete and if there is any litigation pending on the incident, comments are not permitted.

Submitted by Anonymous on

No one cares about this stuff. Still waiting to hear why you are relentlessly persecuting John Brennan.

Submitted by Stephen Spring on

It is simply amazing to me how utterly dumb as a box of rocks some people can be. Your discoveries are a testament to the uncommon quality of common sense.

Submitted by Stephen Spring on

It is simply amazing to me how utterly dumb as a box of rocks people can be. Your seizures are a testament to the very uncommon existence of common sense. Wow!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I'd like to hear about how many dangerous jars of homemade jam were confiscated or how many bottles of shampoo destined for bomb-making? I and most intelligent people would agree that guns and grenades are dangerous - it's the rest of the comedy that makes me angry.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Still nothing you need a full body scanner to detect. Why do you need them again.

Submitted by Anonymous on

What about empty "Super Soakers" still in the box that only resemble real weapons if you live in some sort of Sci Fi world?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bill Bradshaw -- you can copy and paste the entire list along with the pictures of the guns. You may have to shrink the size if your putting it on a WORD doc

Submitted by Anonymous on

Catch anything that couldn't have been detected by a pre-TSA walk through metal detector or belt x-ray?

We'd like to see some incremental value for our ~$8B/year.

Submitted by Anonymous on

A little jail time will bring most people back to reality ...plus take the guns and permits away

Submitted by Anonymous on

It still amazes me that there are people who do _not_ understand the proper way to transport a firearm via an airplane. Come on folks, use the old gray matter. Box it in secure case. Tag it properly. Declare it as an 'item' at the check in counter. Pick it up at the other end. It's not that hard. It's not that expensive.

Submitted by Anonymous on

To SSSS: No applause was requested, the guns & comments are a reflection of the traveling public not TSA. To Annonymous #1: Let them focus on their job, get your own proof, contact the public affairs office of all the airports listed or local media. Moral of the story, is you both don't know what you don't know about maintaining national security.

Submitted by TSORon on

OK, here are some things that you folks are missing.
The dog handler, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was employed by the Atlanta Police Department.
While the dog is owned by the TSA and its financial support comes from TSA funds, it is the standard for these dogs to be handled by local law enforcement agencies.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did get one thing wrong, TSA does not train the dogs. They are actually trained by the United States Air Force for the TSA.

As to “why” the dog bit her, if indeed that is what happened, so far we have only her word as to what happened. The Atlanta PD and the TSA are both reviewing the incident, and until that is done what would the point be in providing the public with information on an uncompleted investigation? These things take time, so find something else to busy yourself with until the professionals complete their work.

Now, as to 65 firearms being found on checkpoints, yep that’s as high a number as I have ever heard of. It might indicate that people can’t read the signs anymore, or don’t listen to the announcements, or are just plain stupid. Anyway you look at it this is an unacceptable situation and its growing. Maybe people should stop complaining about the rules and start reading them.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSORon said:

Anyway you look at it this is an unacceptable situation and its growing.

What is the TSA doing about this unacceptable situation?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

For TSORon:

"The dogs are initially trained by the TSA Support Branch co-located at Lackland Air Force Base Texas through a conditioning model called "operant conditioning.""

From the TSA's own website.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

The TSA canine dogs are trained at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio Texas for ten or twelve weeks.

Submitted by Anonymous on

CY said "How stupid must a person be to kid about having a bomb in their luggage!?"

Stupid or familiar with the First Amendment?

TSORon said, "Maybe people should stop complaining about the rules and start reading them."

Maybe people wouldn't distrust TSA if TSA started reading the Bill of Rights.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So, you think you have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre? Last time I checked, freedom of speech did not include the right to create a potential emergency. I think we should all read the Constitution, especially before we get defensive about rights the majority of us did nothing to earn or protect.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Anonymous said..."Some comments still amaze me.

No terrorists found. I suppose the blade in the shoe and the razor in the waistband were what? "

I don't know what they were. Since there was no reports of arrests I am going to go with they weren't terrorists. Just because they have something you consider to be bad does not mean they are going to do something bad. Guns and knives only kill when in the hands of bad guys. If the people with the guns and knives aren't the bad guys then there is nothing to fear.

Submitted by Wintermute on

TSORon said...

"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did get one thing wrong, TSA does not train the dogs. They are actually trained by the United States Air Force for the TSA."

Just because they were trained at Lackland AFB does NOT mean they were trained by the USAF. The facility they are trained at is co-located at Lackland AFB, but is still the TSA's.

Submitted by Anonymous on

@ Anonymous said...
The TSA canine dogs are trained by the TSA at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio Texas for ten or twelve weeks.

FIFY

Submitted by Anonymous on

THANK YOU! Finally, a voice of reason!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Maybe people wouldn't distrust TSA if TSA started reading the Bill of Rights....

what most people are not aware of is that the 9th Circuit Court of the United States ruled on the search of passengers in airports back in 1973

In 1973 the 9th Circuit Court rules on U.S. vs Davis, 482 F.2d 893, 908, there are key pieces of wording that give the TSA its power to search essentially any way they choose to. The key wording in this ruling includes “noting that airport screenings are considered to be administrative searches because they are conducted as part of a general regulatory scheme, where the essential administrative purpose is to prevent the carrying of weapons or explosives aboard aircraft.
ooopsss let me get this right.... this is before TSA????

1973????

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous TSORon said...
[blah blah blah] the dog is owned by the TSA and its financial support comes from TSA funds[blah blah blah]

And thus, the TSA is responsible for it.

As to “why” the dog bit her, if indeed that is what happened, so far we have only her word as to what happened.

Take the phrase 'female traveler waiting for her luggage was bitten by a TSA canine' and plug it into Google. The third result has a graphic picture of the bite. While I'm no expert on bites, there is no doubt something happened to her. Your "we only have her word" is... disingenuous at best.


The Atlanta PD and the TSA are both reviewing the incident, and until that is done what would the point be in providing the public with information on an uncompleted investigation?

How about Bob at least acknowledging the issue? A simple "Yes, I'm aware of it. It's being looked into" would go a long way.
But, as usual, he just ignores it, hoping it'll go away.

These things take time, so find something else to busy yourself with until the professionals complete their work.

"Professionals"? I thought the TSA was looking into it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSORon said...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did get one thing wrong, TSA does not train the dogs. They are actually trained by the United States Air Force for the TSA.

Don't look now, but your pants are on fire.

"The dogs are initially trained by the TSA Support Branch co-located at Lackland Air Force Base Texas through a conditioning model called "operant conditioning.""

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...Anonymous said...
So, you think you have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre? "

Yes. Yes I do have that right. So do you. The Government can not prevent you from yelling anything you want.

The Government can arrest you if you cause a riot/panic and people are hurt or killed. That is not an limitation on the right but a consequence of the misuse of the liberties guaranteed by the right.

Everyone... please quit using the Shouting Fire argument. It is a poor example to use and has been discredited many a time recently. It does not demonstrate what you think it demonstrates, it only demonstrates how little you understand what a Right is and why we have a Bill of Rights in the first place.

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...

"So, you think you have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theatre?"

Was "theatre" a typo, or are you not using US English? Regardless, no you cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater. However, you can discuss fires and even joke about them at a normal tone. The TSA would have you believe you can do neither at an airport in regards to bombs. I believe TSA will eventually be proven wrong.

"Last time I checked, freedom of speech did not include the right to create a potential emergency."

The charge, here in the US, would be something along the lines of "inciting panic."

"I think we should all read the Constitution..."

I have. Required reading in high school here in the US.

"...especially before we get defensive about rights the majority of us did nothing to earn or protect."

How do you know how many comments here are by people who served to protect those rights? I, for one, served in the USAF. Why did I serve, exactly? Why, to defend those rights that you, and other TSApologists, are so dismissive of.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

To the anonymous person who quoted David:

You conveniently forgot one very important part of that ruling:

"“[an administrative search is allowed if] no more intrusive or intensive than necessary, in light of current technology, to detect weapons or explosives, confined in good faith to that purpose, and passengers may avoid the search by electing not to fly.”"

The Davis court never envisioned technology that would look at our naked bodies.

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Submitted by RB on

TSORon said...
OK, here are some things that you folks are missing.
The dog handler, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was employed by the Atlanta Police Department.
While the dog is owned by the TSA and its financial support comes from TSA funds, it is the standard for these dogs to be handled by local law enforcement agencies.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution did get one thing wrong, TSA does not train the dogs. They are actually trained by the United States Air Force for the TSA.

As to “why” the dog bit her, if indeed that is what happened, so far we have only her word as to what happened. The Atlanta PD and the TSA are both reviewing the incident, and until that is done what would the point be in providing the public with information on an uncompleted investigation? These things take time, so find something else to busy yourself with until the professionals complete their work.

Now, as to 65 firearms being found on checkpoints, yep that’s as high a number as I have ever heard of. It might indicate that people can’t read the signs anymore, or don’t listen to the announcements, or are just plain stupid. Anyway you look at it this is an unacceptable situation and its growing. Maybe people should stop complaining about the rules and start reading them.

May 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM
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TSA trains (or did train) service dogs. The only question I have is if the dogs are drug detector dogs or not. TSOron is wrong as usual. The next question is just why baggage claim needs to be screened for WEI. This area is no threat to the airplanes.

The TSA dog attacked the woman.

http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/security-footage-shows-k-9-attack-at-airp...

What is being questioned is the degree of the injury sustained. But injury or no injury the TSA dog attacked a person that was waiting for someone in baggage claim.

TSA claiming to find 65 firearms gives question to the accuracy of the TSA reports and knowing that honesty is not something TSA embraces makes it a fair question. If TSA really did find 65 firearms then that suggests that no one takes TSA as a deterrent very seriously.

Submitted by RB on

TSORon said...

Maybe people should stop complaining about the rules and start reading them.

May 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

..............................

Tell you what TSOron, I'll read these rules on the same day that TSA publishes them.

Since you claim to be a security expert perhaps you can point out exactly where I can find a full and complete set of these TSA rules that you want me to read and that I must comply with when transiting a TSA checkpoint.

Submitted by @SkyWayManAz on

To Anonymous questioning how TSA has regulatory authority from 1973. Airport security existed in the US since around 1972. While true TSA has only been screening since 2002 there were contract screeners for 30 years prior. It was codified as an administrative search since the FAA and airline contract of carriage prohibited certain items from being on an aircraft. That is the legal framework TSA inherited when they took over. TSA does several things however that go beyond what many consider to be administrative screening though. Including, but not limited to X-Raying the human body for non medical reasons without medical training as primary screening including pregnant women and children. Touching private areas of the body, including at times children despite denials from TSA. Putting hands inside passengers underwear and feeling around. Legal challenges have been mounted but as we've seen TSA has ignored court rulings for extended periods of time in the past.

Submitted by Anonymous on

If TSA really did find 65 firearms then that suggests that no one takes TSA as a deterrent very seriously.

-RB

Or, it may suggest that firearms are available to irresponsible people.....

Submitted by Anonymous on

I can't wait for Bob to find fault with the woman who got bit by the TSA dog. Rest assured, Bob will find a way to blame the woman.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Most intelligent people and I

Submitted by Anonymous on

All this talk about small knifes on planes... how bout WATER!!! can we bring water through the security line? or maybe can we increase the fluid restrictions so i can bring my 4.4oz bottle of toothpaste with me on my trips? I've gone through security now over a dozen times in the past few weeks. without taking out my toiletries. THE TSA is an 8 BILLION DOLLAR JOKE AND WASTE OF RESOURCES. TSA Employees are PATHETIC.

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
"Most intelligent people and I"

TSA Blog Team: How is an obviously incomplete comment approved? But valid comments that do not violate posted policy not? Or does comment moderation also go through 20 layers, of which we're not allowed to know?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I want to know more about the Musket on the list.

Submitted by Mike on

Still nothing you need a full body scanner to detect. Why do you need them again.

If you read the article. They caught the gun inside the prosthetic limb via when the scanners detected an anomaly on the person.

At least they didnt take a cane away from... Oh wait yes they did. Well at least some listen to the training they get.