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Friday, January 24, 2014
Some of the Loaded Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Baggage in 2013

Every day, Transportation Security Officers interact with nearly two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety of the traveling public.

TSA had a busy year in 2013, screening 638,705,790 passengers in 2013 (over 1,700,000 per day), which is  1,123,668 more passengers than last year.

Sadly, this year marked the first incident where a TSA officer, Gerardo I. Hernandez, was killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport.

In many ways, Transportation Security Officers are the public face of our nation’s security. It is difficult work, requiring patience, stamina, and great attention to detail. It requires extensive training and constant vigilance. This year’s tragic incident reminds us that being on the frontline also comes with a great risk. It is a risk that the men and women of TSA undertake willingly knowing that in doing so they are serving a higher cause, and a noble one – protecting the men and women of the United States every day.

We wanted to share with you examples of the continued vigilance of TSA officers in protecting our nation’s transportation systems, including some of the most unusual items TSA caught at the checkpoints this year.

1,813 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging nearly five firearms per day. Of those, 1,477 (81%) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 205 airports with Atlanta (ATL) on top of the list for the most firearms intercepted (111) in 2013.

There was a 16.5% increase (257) in firearm discoveries from last year’s total of 1,556.

Top FiveLoaded Gun (BDL) Airports for Gun Catches in 2013

  1. (ATL) - 111 Guns Discovered
  2. (DFW) - 96 Guns Discovered
  3. (IAH) - 68 Guns Discovered
  4. (PHX) - 66 Guns Discovered
  5. (DEN) - 51 Guns Discovered

Loaded Gun (PIT)Here are a few of the more notable firearm incidents: 

A loaded .380 pistol with eight rounds was discovered on the lower left leg of a passenger at Bradley Hartford (BDL) after the weapon alarmed the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT).

A loaded .45 caliber pistol with six rounds and one chambered was discovered strapped to the ankle of a Pittsburgh (PIT) passenger during a pat-down after he had opted out of AIT.

A .25 caliber firearm loaded with 10 rounds was discovered hidden under the lining of a carry-on bag at Cedar Rapids (CID).

A passenger at Salt Lake City (SLC) received a pat-down after an anomaly was detected during advanced imaging technology screening.

Loaded Gun (CID)During the pat-down, officers discovered a fully loaded .22 caliber firearm inside his boot.

Using imaging technology, a .380 pistol loaded with seven rounds and one chambered was discovered in the pocket of a passenger at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW).While resolving an alarm on checked baggage, officers at Boston Logan (BOS) discovered a fully disassembled 30-30 rifle concealed within the lining of the bag and taped to the straps. Police responded and ran a check on the serial number of the rifle, revealing that it had been stolen.

In what was believed to be an attempt to avoid declaring his firearms, a passenger at Houston (IAH) wrapped two guns in newspaper and placed them in a box of detergent powder in his checked baggage.

Seven undeclared firearms were found concealed in a checked toolbox at Miami (MIA).

A shotgun was discovered in a checked golf bag at Detroit (DTW).

An unloaded .45 caliber pistol and four magazines were hidden in a cassette deck in checked baggage.

Left to Right: Unassembled Rifle (BOS), Shotgun in Golf Bag (DTW), Seven Firearms in Toolbox (MIA), Guns In Detergent (IAH)

Left to Ri24 Pounds of Black Powder (MDW)ght: Unassembled Rifle (BOS), Shotgun in Golf Bag (DTW), Seven Firearms in Toolbox (MIA), Guns In Detergent (IAH)

In addition to firearms discovered this year, there were many unsafe items that passengers attempted to travel with this year including:

Ten canisters containing 24-pounds of black powder were discovered in checked baggage at Chicago Midway (MDW).

A live blasting cap was discovered along with an M60 fuse lighter in a passenger’s checked bag at the Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) in Kansas.

Blasting Cap and Fuse Initiator (MHK)Over nine ounces of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Cleveland (CLE).

A camping stove fuel bottle with fuel was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at San Francisco (SFO).

After causing an alarm in checked baggage, Officers found a 3.2 ounce flask of black powder, 22 feet of fuse, a large empty CO2 cartridge, and miscellaneous ammunition in a passenger’s bag at Anchorage (ANC).

While resolving an alarm in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL), a TSA officer discovered two one-pound cans of black powder.

Left - Right / Top - Bottom: Black Powder & Fuse (ANC), Two Pounds of Black Powder (HNL), Nine Ounces of Black Powder (CLE), and Camping Stove Fuel (SFO)

Left - Right / Top - Bottom: Black Powder & Fuse (ANC), Two Pounds of Black Powder (HNL), Nine Ounces of Black Powder (CLE), and Camping Stove Fuel (SFO)

TInert Suicide Vest (IND)SA officers also find inert items that look very real. The problem with these types of items is that we don’t know if they are real, toys or replicas until we call out the explosive experts. Inert items can lead to disruption, closed terminals and checkpoints, which often result in canceled or delayed flights. Here are some of the more interesting inert items we’ve found so far this year:

After alarming in checked baggage, our officers discovered The vest was a training aid used by an explosives instructor.

A passenger at Norfolk (ORF) had six inert pressure plates, 50 inert initiators, an inert land mine, inert explosives, and two initiation systems in the his bag.

An inert Claymore mine was discovered in a checked bag at San Jose (SJC). 

Inert IED (ORD)

Inert Claymore Mine (SJU)An inert bandolier line charge was discovered after it alarmed in checked baggage at Norfolk (ORF). Seven inert blasting caps were discovered in checked baggage at Greenbrier County Airport (LWB). Electricdetonators and a blockof inert C4 with duct tape and wires protruding were discovered in two separate incidents at Seattle (SEA) in checked baggage.

A gag retirement gift designed to look like an improvisedexplosive device was discovered on the X-ray at St. Petersburg / Clearwater (PIE). Two inert C4 demolition explosives were discovered in the carry-on bag of a passenger at Honolulu (HNL).An inert Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training kit was discovered at Norfolk (ORF). 

Two battery-charged initiators were discovered in a carry-on bag at Minneapolis (MSP).

Inert Bazooka Round (ORD)

A WWIIera inert bazooka round was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).An inert 20mm artillery round was detected in the carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN).  

136 inert/novelty/replica grenades were discovered this year at TSA checkpointsand checked baggage locations.

Just A Few of the 136 Inert/Novelty/Replica Grenades Discovered in 2013

Left - Right / Top - Bottom: Battery Charged Initiator (MSP), IED Training Kit (ORD), Inert Blasting Caps (LWB), Inert C-4 (HNL), Gag Gift (TPA)

Left - Right / Top - Bottom: Battery Charged Initiator (MSP), IED Training Kit (ORD), Inert Blasting Caps (LWB), Inert C-4 (HNL), Gag Gift (TPA)

Smoke Grenade (IAD)Live Smoke, Stun, and Incendiary Devices:

A live smoke grenade was discovered under the lining of a carry-on bag at Washington Dulles (IAD). >A live flashbang grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Portland (PDX). >

A live smoke grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Washington Dulles (IAD).

Flash Bang Grenade (PDX)

A live “sting ball” riot control grenade was discovered in checked baggage at John Wayne (SNA). Live smoke and flare canisters were discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX).

Flare Gun (HOU)

A 3-ounce Can of CS Teargas was discovered in a carry-on bag at Atlantic City (ACY).A passenger at Houston Hobby (HOU)had a flare gun and six loose flares in his carry-on bag.  562 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags in 2013.

Left - Right: Smoke and Flare Canisters (PHX), Flare Gun (MDW), Teargas (ACY), Flare (JNU), Smoke Grenades (PWM)

Left - Right: Smoke and Flare Canisters (PHX), Flare Gun (MDW), Teargas (ACY), Flare (JNU), Smoke Grenades (PWM)>Here are a few of the more notable knife incidents:

Non-metallic Dagger (SLC)

A non-metallic dagger was discovered on a passenger at Salt Lake City (SLC) after he alarmed Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT). During the pat-down, the dagger was found hanging by fishing line around his neck and under his shirt.  

Tactical Spike (DSM)

Officers at Des Moines (DSM) discovered an 8-inch non-metallic tactical spike in a passenger’s sock after he alarmed Advanced Imaging Technology.

Knife (BUR)

A knife was discovered concealed in the lower back area of a passenger who alarmed the advanced imaging technology at Burbank (BUR). 

Some Of The Throwing Knives and Stars Discovered in 2013

Some of The Knives and Swords Discovered in 2013

The year also provided the need for travelers to surrender a few odd items:

Human Skull (FLL)While searching clay pots in a checked baggage location at Fort Lauderdale (FLL), our officers discovered human skull fragments! While the fragments weren’t a security threat, they did slow screening down a bit since the area quickly became a crime scene!

A mace was discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago Midway (MDW). This wasn’t a plastic mace; it was solid wood and metal.

A traveler’s checked bag blew open with threefoot high flames and smoke at Atlantic City (ACY) . The cause? A large leaking can of hairspray was ignited by the spark of a lighter when the bag was loaded onto the rollers. No one was injured.

Mace (ACY)

Mace (ACY)There were many instances last year where travelers attempted to hide items, or the items they packed were disguised to look like other items. Our officers regularly find sword canes, credit card knives, belt buckle knives, comb/brush knives, knives hidden in shoes, knives hidden in thermoses, and knives hidden under the bag lining near the handle mechanism. But, here are a few of the instances that stood out:

Pen Knife (DFW)

A knife concealed within an ink pen was discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). 

A multi-tool was discovered inside a computer hard drive at Birmingham (BHM).

Pen Knife (DFW)

A knife was sewn into the lining of a bag at Dulles (IAD).

A bladed multi-tool was found in a package of socks at Albuquerque (ABQ).

Ammunition Hidden Under Pull Handle (ORF)

Nine rounds of .45 caliber ammunition were found in the pull-handle of a carry-bag at Norfolk (ORF).Pepper spray designed to look like a lipstick case was discovered in Phoenix (PHX). A stun gun concealed in a cane was discovered at Los Angeles (LAX).

Pepper Spray Lipstick (PHX)

A knife was found in a toothbrush holder at Lihue (LIH).A knife was discovered in the battery compartment of a laptop computer at Oakland (OAK).A knife was discovered inside a pillow at Midland (MAF).

Knife In Knee Brace (IAH)A lipstick knife was discovered at San Antonio (SAT).  A knife was discovered inside a passenger’s knee brace at Houston (IAH).Two kitchen knives were discovered in an automotive air filter box wrapped in plastic with the air filter at Houston Intercontinental (IAH).An 8-inch knife and a 6-inch knife were detected wrapped in plastic bags under a false bottom in a carry-on bag at Guam (GUM).A stun gun disguised to look like lipstick was discovered at St. Louis (STL).

Some Of The Cane Swords Discovered In 2013

Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Cigarette Pack Stun Gun (MCO), Brush Dagger(OGG), Knives Concealed in Air Filter (IAH), Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Lipstick Knife (SAT), Comb Knife (DTW), Knife in Shoe (IAD), Belt Buckle Knife (EWR), Stun Gun Cell Phone (JAN), Comb Knife (CHS), Lip Stick Stun Gun (LAS), Key Knife (IAD), Razor Concealed in Cell Phone (TPA), Credit Card Knife (BWI), Lipstick Stun Gun (STL), Stun Gun Cell Phone (LAX), Knife in Shoe (SAN), Cell Phone Stun Gun (DEN)

Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Cigarette Pack Stun Gun (MCO), Brush Dagger(OGG), Knives Concealed in Air Filter (IAH), Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Lipstick Knife (SAT), Comb Knife (DTW), Knife in Shoe (IAD), Belt Buckle Knife (EWR), Stun Gun Cell Phone (JAN), Comb Knife (CHS), Lip Stick Stun Gun (LAS), Key Knife (IAD), Razor Concealed in Cell Phone (TPA), Credit Card Knife (BWI), Lipstick Stun Gun (STL), Stun Gun Cell Phone (LAX), Knife in Shoe (SAN), Cell Phone Stun Gun (DEN).

Miscellaneous Items - Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Compound Bow in Carry-on (PHX), Finger Spikes (BHM), Bang Stick (KOA), BB Machine Gun (EWR), Novelty Bomb (PHX), Stun Knuckles (DEN), Gun Clock (SEA)

Miscellaneous Items - Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Compound Bow in Carry-on (PHX), Finger Spikes (BHM), Bang Stick (KOA), BB Machine Gun (EWR), Novelty Bomb (PHX), Stun Knuckles (DEN), Gun Clock (SEA).

You can also read more about important steps TSA has taken to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to security, and towards a more risk-based security posture in our year-end blog post, TSA Reflects on 2013.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why are firearms detected with naked body scanners "more notable" than other firearms detections? Safe, reliable, and noninvasive metal detectors would just as surely have detected every single one of these firearms.

How many false positives resulting in invasive pat-downs took place thanks to the inadequacies of your naked body scanners, which can't distinguish between insulin pumps and handkerchiefs on the one hand, and firearms on the other?

Your naked body scanners are a sick, pathetic fiasco; they don't work, they're slow, and they result in people being groped by your poorly-trained, unprofessional screeners. You do more harm than good. Shame on you.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Do you have any statistics showing the number of guns confiscated pre-TSA? I think the increase in the number of guns caught at the checkpoint corresponds to concealed carry laws in all states. There is no excuse for forgetting that they are carrying their gun through security.

I am disappointed that the TSA caved into pressure on allowing knives on planes. The TSA was correct to allow small knives to be carried on since there is no way someone can take over a plane with a knife these days. Passengers won't allow it and the cockpit doors are reinforced.

Submitted by Kevin Conlon on

I wonder how much of this would have been caught during normal screenings. They act as though they did a great job, "Look at all this stuff we stopped from getting on planes!!"
Yeah, so, 95% of it would have been caught anyway.

Submitted by RB on
“This year’s tragic incident reminds us that being on the frontline also comes with a great risk.”

The above statement from TSA is clearly not true.

TSA screeners have contact with about 1.6 million travelers each day, 584 million travelers each year, and in 10 years 5,840,000,000 travelers. While even one death is unfortunate to call this loss a great risk is just silly TSA spin.

The math tells the truth! 1 death in 10 years/total travelers = 0.00000000017. If anything the risk to TSA employees is miniscule. They face far greater odds of injury or death just getting to an airport.

One death of a TSA employee from a disturbed person is dad but seems equal to the risk of TSA on TSA murder which happened in Mississippi in 2011 but you won't hear about that on the TSA blog.

http://www.examiner.com/article/chicago-native-top-tsa-official-charged-...

The truth is that TSA employees face a far greater chance of being injured or killed on or off the job by a co-worker.

And again TSA trots out the same old propaganda but not one word about the abuses that travelers have suffered at the hands of TSA. Why is it that TSA refuses to address those things that affect more travelers than all of the other things TSA crows about?

If the public wants honesty from TSA then they need to look elsewhere, this isn't the place to find it.

This post conforms to the illegal TSA posting guidelines. Censorship with result in complaints to the DHS OIG,

08:55 CST 1/24/14
Submitted by Fed Up American on

Apart from maybe a very few items, all of the things confiscated are either novelty toys or items for personal protection. So, boasting about the 600 million + constitutional violations in order to steal personal property does not exactly equate to making anyone safer. Your attempt to justify your jobs and budget are feeble at best.

Where are the stats on TSA employees charged and arrested for crimes? Let's be fair, shall we?

How many old folks, handicapped people, and young children have been searched/molested of those 600 million + searches?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Thanks again for helping to flush our constitutional rights down the toilet under the guise of safety.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I'd like to know how many passengers carrying this contraband are in custody as threats to public safety.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I didn't know that the tsa blogged only approved and posted comments it agrees with. Another reason not to trust the tsa. They curtail freedom of speech on their Internet blogs to display on the views they agree with.

Tsa is a disgrace to a free people in a constitutional republic.

Submitted by Grateful To TSA on

Wow, what an amazing run-down of all the scary things people have intentionally tried to bring with them right onto airplanes. The concealed weapons are simply chilling. People seem to believe that because they themselves are not terrorists there's no reason to infringe on the "civil liberty" of flying with loaded weapons.

Can anyone else remember any of the terrible events just in 2013 that weren't terror-related? There were mass shootings all over the country, in movie theaters, schools, and at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. I don't want to be on a flight where some mentally troubled person pulls a gun out and starts firing, trying to kill as many random strangers as possible before being subdued. Maybe he wants to damage the airplane. I don't want my family members on any flight like that either.

THANK YOU, Transportation Security Administration, for all you do to keep all people safe, even those with dissenting opinions and complete opposition to your mission. I'm a grateful, grateful U.S. citizen. THANK YOU!

Submitted by Anonymous on

All I can say is wow. How could someone forget they are carrying a gun through security? I have no problem with concealed weapons and such, but I wonder of the mental state of someone who can clearly see the posted no weapons warning and still not declare the weapon. The guy with the non metallic knife sounds especially shady.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Seems, though, that none of the weapons belonged to terrorists, or were intended for use on the planes. Of the hundreds of millions of invasive, unconstitutional searches, zero resulted in the apprehension of terrorists. The TSA itself is unconstitutional and needs to be abolished.

Submitted by Anonymous on

what do they do with it all?

Submitted by Anonymous on

638,705,790 intrusive pat downs produced
1,813 firearms.

0.0000028% of a passenger having a firearm. Notice you left that percentage out.

So why do we need the TSA? Frankly, we don't. Go back to private and quit wasting our tax dollars.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The TSA, and it's parent agency homeland security, is the prelude to an American police state. They are meant to be the foundation of an American Gestapo, or if you prefer national secret police.
Airline security should be left up to the airlines, and each individual airport. The 911 attacks that were used as an excuse to form the TSA, and destroy citizen's freedoms, were either planned by America's government, or allowed to happen by it. This is why there has not yet been a honest investigation into just what happened in NY, NY, and at the pentagon that day. The official investigation was lied to by the Bush administration, when it could not block it's formation. Most of the former members of the investigation's commission now state this.

Submitted by Anonymous on

My 11 year old son had a cast on his arm to treat a broken hand and your screeners forced him to stick his arm into the baggage x-ray machine. How safe is this? How much radiation did he receive by your 4th amendment violation?

Submitted by OldFrenchy on

When you give up a little freedom for a little security, you get neither.
We have become a nation of fools.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Six hundred million searches and approximately a thousand, mostly legal firearms were confiscated. What particularized threat, other than possessing these items, did the owners of the weapons pose other than breaking the rule? People travel, they should be able to take their legal weapons.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Keep complaining, it's not going to change anything. Thank you TSA.

Submitted by Anonymous on

BTW,how many TERRORISTS has the
TSA caught ?
Answer: 0
TSA = Thousands Standing Around

Submitted by Anonymous on

So many weapons and yet no terrorists caught. Follow the lead of the Israeli's.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA treats everyone as a criminal. You are guilty the second you purchase a plane ticket. It makes me sick that Americans would give up their liberties and be subject to illegal searches just because our government tells us it makes us safe. Just because you fly somewhere doesn't mean you are a terrorist. Patting down a 75 year old lady to take her tweezers away is ridiculous. The Government has no business doing airport security! Name one thing the government does better then the private sector can do? If you think letting the government touch you in inappropriate areas is going to make you safe then you deserve what you get!

Submitted by Unknown on

screening 638,705,790 passengers in 2013 (over 1,700,000 per day), which is 1,123,668 more passengers than last year. AND NOT ONE TERRORIST CAUGHT,,,, IM BEGINNING TO THINK THE US GOVENMENT LIED TO US!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I like that the comments are controlled by the TSA on this blog.....

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why didn't you mention that it is legal to travel with firearms as long as they're declared? Concealed carry is on the rise, because let's face it - and the TSA knows this - we live in a dangerous world, so why not do the public a service and mention that they can avoid the embarrassment (not to mention arrest and prosecution) by just declaring their firearms properly?

Submitted by Anonymous on

What a load of claptrap. I want my money back. This is a scam, all of it. The proof is in the fact that it was necessary for the TSA to post all of the INERT and harmless objects found in baggage! It protects NO ONE to remove someone's replica grenade from their bag. On the bit about all the guns, what has changed between now and pre-TSA/911? NOTHING! Metal detectors worked fine, and I'm willing to bet a lot that a sizable percentage of this firearm confiscations occurred as a result of careless owners who regularly strap one to their legs forgetting. The implication that all of these incidents would have resulted in "terrorism" were it not for the TSA is an utter lie. The guise of protection isn't protection at all. Send the felonious thugs back to the prisons and trash dumps they came from... and give me back my tax dollars and that lighter you stole from me.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Waiting for the stats on TSA workers caught stealing from passengers bags.

Submitted by Anonymous on

That is a very impressive display of items that definitely should not be allowed on a plane. However, I am so annoyed that some TSA agents at some airports are more strict than others when it comes to liquids. I make sure that I have less than 3.4 ounces in any container. Recently I traveled with my cough medicine and suntan lotion, which were both in larger containers. The TSA agent at Newark looked at the bottles and let me through. The Palm Beach agent asked if I wanted to check my bag or throw them away. Each bottle was half full with around 3 ounces for each of them. He said that the container must be 3.4 ounces or less. Previously, when I purchased empty small containers, they leaked. So, I chose to throw the suntan lotion and cough medicine away since checking the bag would cost $25. It is just such a waste and is so aggravating. I understand about aerosols, but suntan lotions - really?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I'm curious as to how much of this would have been picked up by regular airport security that existed before 9/11. I question the TSA's "vigilance" as opposed to basic security.

Submitted by Anonymous on

This government and it's agencies have no credibility. I do not believe half of these, if not more, are just propaganda. Images to keep our tax money flowing to pockets, not protection

The passengers have caught all these ' terrorists' that we're escorted onto planes by CIA handlers.

Bring back magnetometers and get rid of TSA

Submitted by Anonymous on

Opt out of all detector/scanner screenings! Shut down the NSA!

Submitted by Anonymous on

It's so weird how you didn't include the number of agent's arrested, or number of passenger complaints including things like theft...as for the 16.5% increase in confiscated guns - which is more probable: a lot more people decided to bring a gun to the airport, or the tsa missed a whole lot of guns that were carried onto planes last year?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Are there charges placed or fines levied against those ignoring TSA rules?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Are there charges or fines levied against those ignoring TSA rules?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Are there charges or fines levied against those ignoring TSA rules?

Submitted by Anonymous on

A November 2012 report titled “Gun Control Legislation” from the Congressional Research Service states there is nearly 310MM guns within the United State currently.

So when you go spouting a number of 1800 was found by the TSA last year, just think of that in percentages and you'll see how your chest pounding really is laughable.

The TSA is not the front lines either. That title goes to the Men and Women of the Armed forces who actually put their life on the line day in and day out overseas in Combat.

Stop trying to make the TSA out more than it actually is.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please post statistics indicating how many non-metallic weapons, incendiaries,and explosives were detected by naked body scanners. Please also post statistics about how many false positives were generated by the naked body scanners.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So how many terrorists were detained and arrested? I would think, by the number of people groped and screened that the number would be extremely high. How many people had their property arbitrarily confiscated (stolen) when there was clearly no prohibitions against it in the TSA's regulations, but the baggage screener just didn't like the "looks" of it? Just asking.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I want my stuff back.
In particular, I believe it is incumbent on TSA to provide a mechanism for me to recover my illegally seized items.

Provide envelopes I can buy to mail myself nail clippers, pocket knives, suntan lotion, etc.

Submitted by Erich Walker on

640 million searches in a year? That's pretty good for a country that only has 330 million people in it. They must have searched everybody twice.

Submitted by Erich Walker on

640 million searches in a year? That's pretty good for a country that only has 330 million people in it. They must have searched everybody twice.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why did the government allow the 2009 underware bomber on the plane? This is public record per testimony of under secretary of transportation kennedy in congressional hearings.

How many millions did mikey chertoff make when dhs put in all throse body scanners?

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013, Number of actual terrorists caught.... 0 ....

Submitted by Uncle Matt on

Unfortunately I no longer feel safe commenting on either the positive or the negative aspects of this post due to revelations about the universal collection of all data by the US government. Maybe its a generational thing but I recall the 1980s when universal surveillance and spying on one's own citizens every word was one of the major reasons we were called upon by President Reagan to join the military and fight "the evil empire." Maybe my simple critique, even at this mundane level, of a system that has become exactly what I was taught to be suspicious of by our own government authorities only a few decades ago, will afford me extra attention and maybe even a visit from officials of said government in order to question me about my "loyalties" in relation to any statement critical of the current system?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Disband TSA NOW!!

Total waste of our tax money !!

More government propaganda like the war on terror and the war on drugs which both can never win it's just a continuous TAX to expand the reach and power of the corrupt government.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I would be comfortable flying with people carrying these items. Why were they confiscated?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I would feel comfortable flying with other passengers being in possession of these items. Why were they confiscated?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I won't try to defend folks trying to carry guns, knives or explosives onto planes but you offer no proof if you have it that any of these people were involved in nefarious schemes to hurt or kill anybody. You searched 638,705,790 people and found that less than 3000 were carrying something you deem dangerous. Congratulations, only 638,702,790 unnecessary and unreasonable searches of American citizens just trying to move lawfully through our country! It’s another great example of federal government efficiency. On a related topic I recently had to fly and got chosen for the expedited security check. I got to skip the scanner and taking my shoes off but I had to open my carry on to show them my wife's lotion & shampoo while all she had to do was take off her shoes and go through the scanner. Some expedited process – she was waiting on me to get done! Next time, can I have a choice whether I'd prefer to take off my shoes or open my carry on? What a joke. I don't think TSA folks would know a terrorist if one came up and tapped them on the shoulder - but they can sure make old women and children kowtow to their will.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA is why we(Canadians) avoid traveling by air into the USA. We use to air travel all the time to the USA for our vacations - not anymore. Not the threat of terrorism, but the lousy and criminal treatment of decent people by the untrustworthy TSA is why.
We have a free place to stay every winter in FLA, but we chose to fly over USA now, we just go elsewhere. No stop-overs there thank you very much.

Submitted by Anonymous on

You forgot to mention the camping saw you misidentified as a garotte, but refused to correct.

You also forgot to mention the welding tool you misidentified as a pickaxe, but refused to correct.

You also forgot to mention the 2" USB drive shaped like a gun that was confiscated.

You also forgot to mention the 2" sock monkey prop gun that was confiscated.

How many millions of gallons of water, soda, energy drinks, lotion, hair products, skin products, you took from passengers?

How many non-threatening small pocketknives (you know, the ones you wanted to allow) did you take from passengers?

stop Trying to Scare Americans, BlotterBob.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I absolutely hate the routine that we have to go through to take a plane. In fact, I avoid flying at all costs. Having said that, I want to express my gratitude for what is happening in detecting so many firearms and weapons. True, the TSA is imperfect, but name some one who is, or some other organization. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is one large collection of things that only idiots would try to take on a plane, and apparently there are more idiots than most of us would have suspected if the TSA weren't on the job. So, thanks!

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