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TSA Blog Year in Review: 2013

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

Millions of peoples rights violated...no terrorist attacks thwarted. Great job TSA on finding a bunch of antique, inert hand grenades

Submitted by Anonymous on

Very notable that "black powder" IS NOT necessarily gunpowder but deemed as such whereas C4 is always designated as if it were labeled. why not say gray clay substance? Very biased presentation.
I guess it's done so as to raise our fear factor.

Submitted by Anonymous on

This is the TSA tooting their own horn without any context to the numbers of travelers. The TSA is an invasive bureaucracy much like the rest of all governing agencies created post to 9/11. How many people are negatively affected by your invasive and constant encroaching processes? Ask the right questions of the American public and we all prevail in the right direction, toward a happier populace. Oh and this and every other electronic transmission is absolutely not anonymous. I don't and no responders should be that ignorant. Please TSA don't treat me any different because I have a negative opinion of you and your agency's agenda. Have a great day.

Submitted by Don Cochron on

Are small knifes on key chains allowed to be carried on board?

Submitted by Saul on

To Anonymous at 1/24/14 9:25 a.m.:

Check out this article from 1985 --

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=57UzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oTIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=4...

Using the low-tech metal detectors, the pre-TSA screeners caught nearly 1,500 guns *in just the first six months of the year."

In other words, nearly twice the rate of the TSA's achievements in 2013.

And according to the data here --

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/na...

-- there were a little over half as many passengers in 1985 as in 2013.

So the 1985 pre-TSA screeners, using lowly metal detection technology, essentially spotted guns at four times the rate as the TSA and its $8 billion budget.

Care to comment, Bob? Or did I use too many numbers for ya?

Submitted by Anonymous on

So of all these load guns, how many of those passengers, does the TSA believe, had intentions to use them in flight? Finding a loaded gun on a passenger does not mean that passenger was a danger to anyone on to flight. If the TSA finds 100 guns or 1000 guns, that does not translate into safer flights. I guarantee that any honest and experienced police officer can tell you if a person with a gun is a threat. Home many of these passengers were actual threats?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I am so pleased TSA stops all those knife-wielding bad-guys from getting past security.

Hmmmm. . .but then again, in First Class I am issued STEEL KNIVES and STEEL FORKS with my lunch/dinner. These same sort of utensils would be confiscated at the wasteful "security" checkpoint and I would be in for some really bad bullying by your "professional" employees.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I see youve stopped allowing comments to go through on tbis. Must be due to it being linked on drudge report. Cant have slaves calling you out on your propaganda.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I guess we'll try one more time. AIT--metal yes, ceramic/plastic yes. Metal detector--metal yes, ceramic/plastic NO. The rest of us that read this blog didn't think it was that hard of a concept.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Name a regime at any time in history that admitted they abused their people for other than "their own good".

Can't do it.

TSA is an abuse of almost omnipotent power. And the American people.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So you have taken legal items from people that had no intention of committing a crime and you applaud yourselves for this action? That is the height of stupidity. You have done nothing, I repeat, nothing to stop a terrorist action. You have done everything to diminish the 4th amendment and hassle law abiding individuals. You have subjected people to radiation that has a high likelihood of causing thyroid cancer and cataracts, for no reason whatsoever. Hopefully, we will one day get politicians that have some sense and will arrest the whole bunch of you.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Very interesting to see all these cool things that have been confiscated. But having 24 pounds of black powder or a gun or a plastic knife doesnt prove that any of this would have been used in a crime or mass killing. It seems senseless that you would confiscate ninja stars, etc.

Submitted by Anonymous on

How many snow globes did you confiscate?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Very interesting... The TSA can show the numbers of widgets confiscated, but can they tell you how many of them would have been used in a crime or mass killing? Sounds to me like they just confiscating a bunch of legal items. When was the last time you saw a mass murderer run into a school with ninja stars. Man those are deadly....

God save America...

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
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?

January 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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If you didn't file a police complaint then do it now!

TSA violated your child's rights, endangered his health among other violations.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

OK, so I searched Bob's article for the word "ceramic". That word was not contained in the article.

I then searched for the word "plastic" and got 3 hits: two referenced knives wrapped in plastic and referenced a mace that was not plastic but wood and metal.

IOW, not one item was mentioned in Bob's self-praising article that would not have been found by a metal detector.

Tell us, again, Bob why NBS is being used.

And while we are at it, I saw no mention of anyone found carrying explosives after receiving a humiliating and degrading resolution in the private room. Could it be because your ETD machines have never found even one person carrying explosives?

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Submitted by Anonymous on

This is rather disappointing. I thought we sold our rights for more than this. Who do we talk to about a refund?

Submitted by Subg88 on

All available facts indicate any so called terrorists on US airlines have been allowed to bypass the normal security process. I don't know who they think they're fooling.

Submitted by Anonymous on

From day one I knew this agency would be a complete farce, designed to condition the sheeple to give away their constitutional rights. One of the hallmarks of a free person is to be able to travel their own nation unmolested. I can't think of any agencies that I have less respect for than the TSA and DHS. When we get a real government, I hope you are all tried for war crimes, or at least crimes against the constitution.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The number of people you have patted down is nothing to be happy about. Only a totalitarian regime would be happy with those figures.

Submitted by RB on
"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."


This is where TSA uses a Randomizer right? That's how TSA determines risk, just a throw of the dice.
Submitted by Bubba on

I believe wee should keep guns off planes. Having said that, my best reading of the methodologies at hand tells me that metal detectors are much better at detecting guns than full body scanners. Body scanners don´t detect guns on the sides of bodies, under fake skin, folds or in orifices. Full body scanners are also bothersome to many innocent people because they do detect ostomies, prosthesis and other medical devices that are not a security concern.

Given that you are wrapping up your data for the year here, you have an excellent opportunity to show me some hard data and maybe sway my beliefs. How is your gun detection rate before and after full body scanner implementation changing? How do detection rates compare in airports with and without full body scanners? How do detection rates differ between Pre (scanner-free) and non-Pre lines?

Show us that the scanners do better, and you may gain our respect. Until, I'll believe the data I have, which show they are ineffective, slow, invasive and expensive.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So many chronic complainers. A lot of other countries have worse agencies than TSA. Relax. It only lasts a little while. Flying is bad enough, why waste time fretting on the security?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Well, they missed my pepper spray that I carried all the way to the SuperBowl and back :0 but they managed to take my daughters very dangerous hair gel because it was over 3 oz. :)

Submitted by Anonymous on

After all the noted searches the TSA conducted last year and even the year before, how many real Terrorists did they actually capture at their check points? Don't over think it too much!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I see absolutely nothing regarding terrorists, which was the prime purpose behind TSA to begin with. They must feel great while body searching a teenager, or some elderly person in a wheel chair! The security should be turned over to the airlines and take the cost factor off of the taxpayers!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Quoted "RB said...
Anonymous said...
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?

January 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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If you didn't file a police complaint then do it now!

TSA violated your child's rights, endangered his health among other violations.

January 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM"

Hmmm, Are you sure what he put his arm into wasnt a cast scanner? Those are specifically used at airports to scan.... Casts!

In order to put his arm into a baggage scanner, he would have had to go up the converyer belt, ride through the scanner, and be pumped out the other end. Now are you sure it wasn't a cast scanner?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Did you confiscate the pink compound bow? Did you find arrows to go with it? It seems like you'd include them in the post if you had. If not, why did you take the bow? Its kind of harmless without ammunition (and requires being put together and strung, which is pretty impossible to do quickly, if at all, in cramped space, unlike a handgun).

Submitted by Anonymous on

Many years ago I crewed a military flight from a forward base back to the states. I had just enough time to get to the local commercial airport and catch a flight home for Christmas. Still in my flight suit with all my flight and survival gear including a survival knife, shroud cutter, day/night flares, pencil gun & flares, and no telling what other things TSA would shake in their boots over and not one person questioned me about those things. My how far this country has fallen by the hands of TSA.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Yeap. They didn't post my previous one.

Submitted by Anonymous on

They didn't approve my first one.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Don't forget the sock monkey. He was packing a miniature plastic "accessory" that had to be confiscated in a triumph of air security.

Submitted by Anonymous on

And you're proud of the over 600 million people who's rights you have violated??? Pathetic!!! Only the TSA could get away with something that amounts to sexual assault by someone else...

Submitted by Anonymous on

If you can't find the bad guys easily, well, treat everyone like they are guilty of something. We are all criminals now. Ain't that right, TSA? I don't know how you people sleep at night.

Submitted by Anonymous on

God forbid if you’re an 80 year old invalid in a wheelchair. You clearly must be a terrorist! I feel so ashamed to be an American now-a-days. Our freedom and common sense has been lost. We the people are under assault and subjugation. What a sham the TSA is.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA screeners provide a necessary function. However, when the government allowed them metal badges (instead of the appropriate cloth emblems that their non-law enforcement status merits), they opened the door to creating yet another power crazed organization of pseudo cops who will next be arguing for guns and law enforcement pensions.

The screener program needs to be re-privatized under strict federal contractor compliance oversight. This is an emerging monster. This is the most demonstrative illustration of the over reach of the functions incorporated within the DHS leviathan.

Submitted by Iyam Nobaudi on

Funny how this report appears a day after some nut named John from TSA got chewed out for threatening a video producer, on tape. This dark entity will be disbanded soon enough, when enough speak out...got the idea!!

Submitted by Anonymous on

638,000,000+ passengers screened
0 terrorists found
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0.000000000000000000000000000 batting average

You do understand this wouldn't get you drafted for T-Ball, right? As in, this is really NOT something to brag about.

Or maybe you are trying to highlight how many innocent, law abiding citizens you have visually molested and/or groped with legal backing and the power of a plastic badge...
Also not something to brag about.

Submitted by Anonymous on

One comment says most of this would have been found without TSA. Another says it would have been found without the intrusive "body scanner" technology. Still one more raises the point of how much of a percentage of these items are nothing more than novelties. Toys, if you will.
Even with all of the real firearms and other "dangerous" devices. How many actually resulted in the arrest of a criminal who had the intention of harming those passengers or crew of that flight? I see only a single example of one stolen firearm being recovered. No risk to air security, here, so why do we still tolerate the intrusion into our lives for this sham of a display of security?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Number of terrorists stopped? 0

Submitted by Anonymous on

I just fly into Canada and take a bus into the USA when visiting family now (I am an ex-pat). The TSA is purely security theater and tend to harass honest hard working people.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Being around or close to an airport is dangerous to your health ... I will not get near an airport for my own safety. According to the report the only safe place is when leaving the airport on a plane. An airport is a magnet for wacko's ... I guess taking the subway, train, or bus is a safer mode.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

OMG! All that stuff!

And yet strangely you haven't found a terrorist trying to take down an airplane. Or blow up an airport. Or pretty much any kind of actual threat to aviation.

Better luck in 2014.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why don't you have the Drudge Report in your link list for this post, Bob?

Submitted by Anonymous on

All of those "inert" devices... How does their removal from luggage improve safety? Were they legitimate training devices being transported by qualified people? I admit that bringing even an inert replica of a formerly explosive device defies logic in modern times, but again how does their confiscation improve safety?

Submitted by Anonymous on

You didn't approve one of the two comments I submitted to this post. Both followed policy guidelines.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

just think of all the stuff they missed!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on

How does anyone know that there were 0 terrorests caught? Or at least 1 nut prevented from shooting on a plane? In any large group of people (passengers, TSA employees, etc.), there is always going to be unstable, criminal individuals. Unfortunately, the TSA has an impossible task, they have to miss 1 out of thousands of attempts to be called inept. Do legal gun owners really think they will need their gun during the meal service?

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