TSA Week in Review - IED Training Kit, Knife in a Laptop, 47 Loaded Firearms, and More

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Friday, October 10, 2014

IED Training Kit (HNL)

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.

  • A military training kit containing inert blasting caps, inert detonators, inert detonating cord, and inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL). The baggage room was evacuated causing a delay in screening.
  • A realistic replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Fargo (FAR).

50 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 50 firearms, 47 were loaded and 16 had rounds chambered.

Loaded firearm and gut knife discovered in carry-on bag at CLT.

Loaded firearm and gut knife discovered in carry-on bag at CLT.

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 bottle of alcohol was discovered attached to a traveler’s leg with a bandage after being screened by advanced imaging technology at Phoenix (PHX).
  • A three-inch knife was found concealed inside of a laptop’s hard drive caddy at Dayton (DAY).
  • A stun gun disguised to look like a cell phone was discovered in a carry-on bag at Billings (BIL).
Knife discovered inside a hard drive caddy at DAY

Knife discovered inside a hard drive caddy at DAY.

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.

Knives discovered at: IAD, DTW & CLE

(Top to bottom) Knives discovered at: IAD, DTW & CLE

Stun Guns - 18 stun guns were discovered this week around the nation: two were discovered at Abilene (ABI), and the remainder were discovered at Billings (BIL), Burbank (BUR), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Las Vegas (LAS), Nashville (BNA), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Palm Beach (PBI), Providence (PVD), Sacramento (SMF), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Diego (SAN), Shreveport (SHV), and Yuma (NYL).

Cell phone stun gun discovered at BIL

Cell phone stun gun discovered at BIL

Guns discovered at: DEN, ATL, BNA, ATL, PHL & DAL

(Top to bottom, left to right) Guns discovered at: DEN, ATL, BNA, ATL, PHL & DAL

50 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 50 firearms, 47 were loaded and 16 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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