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TSA Week in Review - 35 Loaded Firearms, Inert Grenades, Lipstick Knife, and More

Friday, September 05, 2014
Loaded firearm discovered at Austin (AUS).

42 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 42firearms, 35 were loaded and seven had rounds chambered.

Lipstick knife discovered in a carry-on bag at LaGuardia (LGA).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and 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 lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at LaGuardia (LGA).
  • A cane sword was discovered at Philadelphia (PHL).
discovered inert grenades

Grenades Discovered at (L-R) ILM, SEA, AUS

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. One was discovered in checked baggage at Austin (AUS), and the other three were discovered in carry-on bags at Wilmington (ILM), Minneapolis (MSP), and Seattle (SEA).
Knife Discovered In Carry-on Bag At San Diego

Discovered In Carry-on Bag At San Diego

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 many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Bear Mace (ANC)

Bear Attack Deterrent Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (ANC)

Stun Guns - 13 stun guns were discovered this week. Two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Portland (PDX), and the remainder were found at Atlanta (ATL), Boise (BOI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Cordova (CDV), Dallas Love (DAL), Jackson (JAN), Nashville (BNA), Richmond (RIC), and San Francisco (SFO).

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

Ammunition Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (IAH)

Ammunition Discovered in Carry-on Bag at (IAH)

(Clockwise From Top Left) Firearms Discovered at MEM, LBB, SFO, ATL, ONT, BHM, SHV

(Clockwise From Top Left) Firearms Discovered at MEM, LBB, SFO, ATL, ONT, BHM, SHV

42 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 42 firearms, 35 were loaded and seven had rounds chambered.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not 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 line 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. 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.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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