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Friday, December 13, 2013
Loaded Firearm (MDW)

Loaded Firearm (MDW)

37 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 37 firearms, 30 were loaded and 12 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

EOD Training Kit (ORF)

EOD Training Kit (ORF)

Inert Grenade (SEA)

Inert Grenade (SEA)

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. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • An inert Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training kit was discovered at Norfolk (ORF).
  • An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Seattle (SEA).
Stun Gun Disguised To Look Like A Cell Phone (JAN)

Stun Gun Disguised To Look Like A Cell Phone (JAN)

Stun Guns - 13 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), another two were found at Las Vegas (LAS), and the rest were discovered at Amarillo (AMA), Charlotte (CLT), Denver (DEN), Jackson (JAN), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Portland (PDX), Phoenix (PHX), and Palm Springs (PSP).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - 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 or on your body, 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 by our officers in strange places.

  • A knife was discovered concealed inside a supplement bottle at Nashville (BNA).

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…

Knives Discovered At (Top to Bottom) DEN, SAN, LAX

Knives Discovered At (Top to Bottom) DEN, SAN, LAX

Some Of The Knives Discovered Last Week At EWR

Some Of The Knives Discovered Last Week At EWR

Ammunition - When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked luggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Ammunition (CLT)

Ammunition (CLT)

Airsoft Guns - An Airsoft gun was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Lubbock (LBB). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Read this post for more information: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling With Airsoft Guns

Airsoft Gun (LBB)

Airsoft Gun (LBB)

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

 Firearms Discovered At PDX, CHS, DAL, GSP, SAT, SRQ

Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Firearms Discovered At PDX, CHS, DAL, GSP, SAT, SRQ

37 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 37 firearms, 30 were loaded and 7 were unloaded

*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.

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.

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.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Submitted by Anonymous on

So I can't carry my personal firearm on an airplane? Since when? 1968 when Nixon was POTUS?
So I usually keep my knife in a bottle. No ill intent there. Sheesh..

Submitted by Anonymous on

Was the sock monkey's gun loaded?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Which photo is the tiny toy prop gun stolen, er, confiscated by a TSA screener this week? According to one of your TSA spokespeople, taking the toy gun from the craft business owner/creator was a "good catch" because a two-inch prop was a threat to aviation safety.

So where is the photo and mention? Anyone? Bob? Buehler?

--screenshot taken--

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

OMG! Guns! In Airports!

But what about terrorists? Shouldn't you have found a terrorist by now?

Submitted by RB on

What happened to the December 10 Travel Tips post? To many Sock Monkey questions that make TSA look like Keystone Kops? And just where is the picture of this dangerous gun? We know how TSA loves to pat its own back over these interdeceptions of dangerous items.

And once again nothing found that shows any value in TSA's Strip Search machines.

When will TSA address the GAO report showing that the BDO program is a total waste of taxpayer monies?

Submitted by Anonymous on

"So where is the photo and mention? Anyone? Bob? Buehler?"

TSA has specific methods for dealing with problems:


Submitted by Bubba on

Once again, none of the items found require full body scanners. Why are you still using these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Nice photos. Week after week after week. Why not remedy the situation? No doubt finding these items slows operations, imperils innocent people. Why is there no down side to trying to bring dangerous or simulated dangerous material aboard aircraft?

If not criminal penalties, civil fines for those caught trying to bring contraband on aircraft should be levied. A few $1,000 fines would attract some attention of people thinking of traveling with contraband.

Maybe it would crash the market for phony grenades. (I don't know anyone that walks around with a grenade, live, simulated or otherwise. Why are people trying to fly with them?)

Submitted by Anonymous on

Oh, look, absolutely nothing found with your slow, invasive, and dangerous naked body scanners.

Can you tell us this week how many false positives the naked body scanners had? How many people found themselves groped and assaulted because of surgical dressings, ostomy bags, insulin pumps, and other completely harmless medical devices that should remain private?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why does TSA continue to use the body scanners? Every item reported in this blog is detectable by a metal detector or the baggage x-ray. Metal detectors and baggage x-rays are more reliable than body scanners and are minimally invasive.

Also, please explain the 10/18 cash seizure at a TSA checkpoint, please discuss how TSA will respond to the recent GAO report on the BDO program, and please provide an independent risk assessment to justify continuation of the PreCheck program.

Submitted by Anonymous on

arent there signs posted at the tsa area that state that these items are not allowed??? arent all of these items including the sock monkey gun and unloaded firearms allowed on the plane in checked luggage? why is tsa getting the blame? if travelers would do research ahead of time or even read the numerous signs while waiting in line maybe most or even all of these items would not need to be be surrender.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hey TSAnonymous, millions of items including water, sock monkey prop pistols, tools, shampoo, and a few weapons are not "surrendered." They are confiscated by the TSA without receipt or compensation. In fact, many infrequent flyers don't know, and aren't told by screeners such as you, that they can take (legal) items out of the screening area and put it in their cars, check it, or mail it.

Additionally, items that are allowed at one airport are denied at another. Reading the poorly written, sized, and placed signs won't help.

What happens to all of the flying public's private property seized by the government? What isn't taken home by screeners is sold by state governments. It's a small revenue stream for the local boys, but it has cost the flying public billions of our hard-earned money.


Submitted by Anonymous on

Why hasn't my comment been approved? It followed blog guidelines.