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TSA 2014 Year in Review

Friday, January 23, 2015
Infographic related to statistics stated in blog post.

Every day, transportation security officers interact with nearly two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety and security of the traveling public.

We want 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 discovered at checkpoints.

TSA had a busy year in 2014, screening more than 653 million passengers in 2014 (about 1.8 million per day), which is 14.8 million more passengers than last year.

2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than sixfirearms per day. Of those, 1,835 (83 percent) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 224 airports; 19 more airports than last year.

There was a 22 percent increase in firearm discoveries from last year’s total of 1,813.

These are just some of the 2,212 firearms discovered in carry-on bags in 2014.

These are just some of the 2,212 firearms discovered in carry-on bags in 2014.

Top 10 Airports for Gun Catches in 2014

  1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
  2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
  3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
  4. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
  5. Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
  6. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 50
  7. Tampa International Airport (TPA): 49
  8. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 49
  9. Nashville International Airport (BNA): 48
  10. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 47

Here are a few of the more notable firearm incidents:

A record number of firearms discovered in one day was set on June 4, 2014, when 18 firearms were discovered around the country in carry-on bags. That broke the previous record of 13 set in 2013.

A disassembled .22 caliber firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Various components of the gun were found hidden inside a PlayStation 2 console.

A disassembled .22 caliber firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Various components of the gun were found hidden inside a PlayStation 2 console.

An assault rifle with three loaded magazines was discovered at the Dallas Love Field (DAL) checkpoint.

An assault rifle with three loaded magazines was discovered at the Dallas Love Field (DAL) checkpoint.

A loaded folding-stock rifle with two loaded magazines was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

A loaded folding-stock rifle with two loaded magazines was discovered in a carry-on bag at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

A 94-year-old man attempted to enter the checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) with a loaded .38 caliber revolver clipped to his belt.

A loaded 380. caliber firearm was discovered strapped to a passenger’s ankle after walking through a metal detector at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

A loaded 380. caliber firearm was discovered in the rear pocket of a San Antonio International Airport (SAT) passenger during advanced imaging technology screening.

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

An Mk 2 hand grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Terminal 1 checkpoint was closed while the explosive ordnance disposal team transported the grenade to an offsite location to be disrupted. Five flights were delayed more than two hours, affecting 800 passengers.

An Mk 2 hand grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Terminal 1 checkpoint was closed while the explosive ordnance disposal team transported the grenade to an offsite location to be disrupted. Five flights were delayed more than two hours, affecting 800 passengers.

A homemade avalanche control charge was discovered in a carry-on bag at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). FBI responded and arrested the passenger.

A homemade avalanche control charge was discovered in a carry-on bag at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). FBI responded and arrested the passenger.

A traveler at Gerald R. Ford International Airport-Grand Rapids (GRR) had a tube in his carry-on bag containing 500 grains of black powder.

Other dangerous items discovered last year include: a fireworks making kit, fireworks, black powder pellets,liveflash bang grenades, propane, a flare gun,seal deterrent, M-1000 fireworks, over 700 stun guns and livesmokegrenades.

 stun grenade (EVV), stun grenade (MEM), flare gun (AMA) and smoke grenade (SEA)

From the left: stun grenade (EVV), stun grenade (MEM), flare gun (AMA) and smoke grenade (SEA).

Officers also find inert items that appear very realistic. The problem with these types of items is that we don’t know if they are real, toys or replicas until TSA explosives experts are called upon. 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 found last year:

Six blocks of inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Tampa (TPA).

Six blocks of inert C-4 were discovered in a checked bag at Tampa (TPA).

A novelty alarm clock resembling an explosive device was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).

A novelty alarm clock resembling an explosive device was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).

An improvised explosives device (IED) training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL).

An improvised explosives device (IED) training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL).

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 International Airport (HNL). The baggage room was evacuated causing a delay in screening.

Over 140 inert/novelty hand grenades were discovered last year in both checked and carry-on bags.

Over 140 inert/novelty hand grenades were discovered last year in both checked and carry-on bags.

A realistic replica of a Claymore anti-personnel mine was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

A realistic replica of a Claymore anti-personnel mine was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

An explosives training kit was discovered in a traveler’s checked bag at Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS).

Other inert items were discovered last year including: inert artilleryshells, an M18A1 mine kit, an inert military explosives training kit, 40mm grenade launcher practice rounds, an inert training warhead, and a WWII blasting machine.

Inert Ordnance

From the left, items discovered at: CVG, SEA, SAN, and ATL.

There were many instances last year when travelers attempted to hide items, or the items they packed were disguised to look like other items. TSA 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. Here are a few instances that stood out:

An anomaly was detected with advanced imaging technology in the center chest area of a Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) passenger. After a pat-down, a pen and highlighter combo was discovered to be concealing small knives.

An anomaly was detected with advanced imaging technology in the center chest area of a Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) passenger. After a pat-down, a pen and highlighter combo was discovered to be concealing small knives.

An 8.5” knife was discovered in an enchilada at the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS).

An 8.5” knife was discovered in an enchilada at the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS).

Razorblades were discovered concealed in a greeting card at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF).

Razorblades were discovered concealed in a greeting card at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF).

A multi-tool/knife was detected concealed inside the water chamber of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at San Antonio International Airport (SAT).

When officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) opened a checked bag for a routine inspection, they discovered many household items, like baby wipes, coffee, lemonade mix and a box of cat litter. After a closer look, they found two disassembled .40 caliber handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and 58 bricks of marijuana (33 pounds) concealed in the products. The traveler was arrested on state charges by the Port Authority Police Department.

When officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) opened a checked bag for a routine inspection, they discovered many household items, like baby wipes, coffee, lemonade mix and a box of cat litter. After a closer look, they found two disassembled .40 caliber handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and 58 bricks of marijuana (33 pounds) concealed in the products. The traveler was arrested on state charges by the Port Authority Police Department.

A three-inch knife was found concealed inside of a laptop’s hard drive caddy at Dayton International Airport (DAY).

A three-inch knife was found concealed inside of a laptop’s hard drive caddy at Dayton International Airport (DAY).

Many other concealed items were discovered last year including: a stun cane, a razorblade in a cell phone, a saw blade in a bible, a cell phone knife case, a lipstick stun gun, a knife concealed in a tube of toothpaste, a knife under the sole of a shoe, pen knives, a pocket knife in a potato chip bag, knife keys, a knife in a neck pillow, a lipstick knife, two rounds of .22 caliber ammo sewn into a shirt cuff, a machete concealed under the lining of bag, and a round of .22 caliber ammo in a tube of medical cream.

 BIL, BGM, MIA, DTW, LAX & BOS

Clockwise from top left, items discovered at: BIL, BGM, MIA, DTW, LAX & BOS.

These are examples of some of the more common artfully concealed items our officers find.

These are examples of some of the more common artfully concealed items our officers find.

While TSA works to keep dangerous items off of commercial aircraft, when contraband is found, it must be reported to local law enforcement. Here are a few of the more notable narcotics discoveries:

80 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a checked bag at the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in California.

80 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a checked bag at the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in California.

81 Pounds of Marijuana was discovered in checked baggage at the Oakland International Airport (OAK).

92 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

A San Jose International Airport (SJC) passenger was arrested after nearly three pounds of cocaine was discovered in his checked baggage wrapped inside a package of raw meat.

A San Jose International Airport (SJC) passenger was arrested after nearly three pounds of cocaine was discovered in his checked baggage wrapped inside a package of raw meat.

A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook was discovered in checked baggage at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook was discovered in checked baggage at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

18 bags of heroin were discovered on the leg of an Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) passenger during advanced imaging technology screening.

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

An unloaded cannon barrel was discovered with a passenger’s checked items at the Kahului Airport (OGG).

An unloaded cannon barrel was discovered with a passenger’s checked items at the Kahului Airport (OGG).

Many other odd items were discovered last year. Here are a few of the standouts: octagonal sais, a batarang, another batarang, threespearguns, a bang stick, a whip, a fly grenade, a burning book, a mallet, shukos, giant scissors, bear mace, a grenade-shaped vaping device, a gun knife, a novelty bomb, an inert firework display and a knuckle stunner.

Prohibited items.

Clockwise from top left, items discovered at: MDW, BUF, DEN, PHX, EWR, MKE, BTV and SLC.

A selection of throwing knives and stars our officers discovered in 2014

A selection of throwing knives and stars our officers discovered in 2014.

Some of the knives and swords our officers discovered in 2014

Some of the knives and swords our officers discovered in 2014.

2014 was also a great year for TSA Pre✓®! Be sure to read our blog post reflecting on risk-based security last year.

Thanks for reading this year’s run down of the more notable items TSA officers discovered in 2014. Keep in mind that far more was discovered than those listed in this report. When bag searches are needed, the line slows down. If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 & 2013.

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TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by RB on

Did this list of guns include the 153 guns that alluded every layer of TSA security at ATL?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/23/us/delta-employee-gun-smuggling/

"In total, 153 guns were recovered as part of a complex investigation that Thompson outlined by using charts and surveillance video during a press conference in New York."

Submitted by Anonymous on

all those guns, and not a single one had anything to do with terrorism, and not a single one was a legitimate threat to aviation security. what a waste of tax dollars and time.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to endure more reasonable screening, but those who served and sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!!

Submitted by TSA Security Fail on

TSA shows in the graphic at the top of this post how they interdicted 109 guns at ATL. We know from news reports that TSA and its many layers of security failed to interdict 153 weapons carried in by an airport employee.

So the 70% figure from published Red Teams tests may in fact be wrong.

If this case is an indication of TSA's competence then TSA is missing more than 50% of all weapons entering the sterile area.

Submitted by Bill Gray on

What's the problem with the pills found in a book? I carry a weeks worth of my medications with me.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Why waste keystrokes/time with pictures of and commentary on items that are not the least bit of a threat to any plane or passenger?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by C Michael McCaleb on

Thank you for your work...and thank you for the blog...these are scary times, I am glad you and the rest of the TSA teams are working for the safety of the public...keep up the good work.

C. M. McCaleb

Submitted by Anonymous on

Absolutely fascinating. Now I can see why my (new) tube of toothpaste (recently prescribed by my dentist) was confiscated, though it was returned after it had been x-rayed. Thanks TSA for helping to keep us ordinary travelers safe.

Submitted by Kevin on

What percentage of these travelers are prosecuted for some offense relating to terrorism? If few or none, why are people bringing these things on board, or trying to?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I had no idea the TSA actually found things like guns and explosives. That's crazy!

Submitted by Mike Porter on

It is hard to believe the mindset of people who carry these items much less attempt to board aircraft with them. I am so thankful for the TSA's vigilance.

Submitted by Truth on

Whether or not these people carried their loaded firearms through an airport security check on accident or on purpose, is there any better example of the fact that it is too easy for careless people and people with poor judgment to obtain guns in this country? I am all for the right of responsible people to own guns, but clearly that is not happening in this country these days.

Submitted by Jack on

The propaganda is strong with this one.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I am all for the TSA and the difficult work it does protecting us and dealing with the massive numbers of flights and all kinds of potential dangers.

So firstly thank you for your difficult and important work. Too many in the public interact with TSA during travel stress and TSA is under appreciated and target of criticism it does not deserve.

That said, this data would be more helpful if you could enumerate how many of these firearms are loaded and how many are inadvertent carries by law enforcement personnel.

I also think it is important that you note that:
a) millions of responsible US firearms owners DO travel by airplane with properly secured and stored firearms and ammunition in checked luggage; and
b) in the recent past airlines and even the TSA have given out problematically confused or even incorrect information I was told by the TSA on the phone to use a "TSA-approved" lock, and then at the airport told by the TSA that I had to use any lock EXCEPT a TSA-approved lock because TSA should not be able to open the gun case in my checked luggage without me present!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I cannot resist one comment: it is distressingly obvious that many people do not know how an x-ray machine works.

Submitted by GigOne on

It would be great if you would include how many arrests were involved.

Submitted by Chris Boyce on

You must be really proud of your drug busts. No problem with that pesky Constitution thing.

Submitted by Jamie on

"2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than six firearms per day. Of those, 2,212 (83 percent) were loaded."

Sure - this sentence makes loads of sense...

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Assault rifle"??? Please.

Unless it was a real, full-automatic machine gun it was just a regular sporting gun.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please post your evidence that not a single weapon was planned for terrorism...Oh, that is impossible? Then stop making claims.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Not a threat? Seriously? You do realize if a passenger was to fire a gun inside the cabin at a high altitude (which is pressurized) the plane would be ripped apart.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Even if these threats were real (do you really think someone is going to take down a jetliner with a whip?), The bad guys now have a study guide to use if they really want to get something through security.

All told, the TSA should be embarrassed by this article.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Propaganda in it's purest form. That's all this is.

Submitted by Counting Blue Guns on

Oh, you were so busy playing with PhotoshopExpress, that's why you couldn't bother to approve comments this week.

683,000,000 people flew.

2,212 guns found.

Assuming each gun was found on a different person, that means that .0003% of passengers was caught carrying a gun into a screening area over the past 365 days.

Not statistically significant or even interesting.

Strange that the blotter team didn't mention the 5,161 guns that they didn't find and made it through the screening area. And the fact that none of those guns were used to attack a plane.

We know you want to terrify the American public to keep DHS funding and your jobs, but you failed again, blotter team.

Submitted by Counting Blue Toys on

"Over 140 INERT/NOVELTY hand grenades" as well as the TOY and PERFUME BOTTLE hand grenades were confiscated by TSA screeners.

Absolutely NONE of these objects had ANY chance of being an explosive. They were NOT REAL.

Also, you need to list how many millions of items the TSA confiscates that are NOT WEI (weapons, explosives, and incendiaries).

Water
Soft drinks
Juice
Hair care products
Perfume
Lotions
Tools
Locks
USB drives
Keychains
Nail care items
Small pocketknives
Toys
Bottle openers
Cutlery
Clothes
Knickknacks
Memorabilia
Jams and Jelly
Peanut Butter
Pastries & desserts
Yogurt
Condiments

Submitted by Anonymous on

DoD civilians are now included in the TSA PreCheck program: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/news.cfm?ID=18

As far as qualifying for precheck just on the basis of retiree status, I don't think that will or ever should come to pass. While retirees do receive a number of DoD benefits, they are not being actively investigated and a lot can change in a persons life after their service.

Submitted by ACM on

“all those guns, and not a single one had anything to do with terrorism, and not a single one was a legitimate threat to aviation security. what a waste of tax dollars and time.”

Guns and knives aren't legitimate threats to aviation security? Are you mad? As a passenger, these are precisely the things I, and any reasonable person, would consider to be the biggest threats to aviation security.

Submitted by TSORon on

Wow, a busy year!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Amen!!! We need to abolish the TSA.

Submitted by Mike Toreno on

Clerk McCaleb, these are scary times if you're very easily scared. Does it scare you knowing that you and your fellow clerks missed about 7500 guns last year? How do you explain the fact that none of those guns was used, or even brought out, on an aircraft?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

OMG! An average of six firearms a day! And out of 2 million passengers each day!

Too bad you don't have any terrorists attached to a single one of those firearms.

I do have two questions for you....

That Canon you inspected.... did it fly? You never did answer the original question.

The gun smuggling.... were those numbers counted in your 6 a day?

Submitted by Anonymous on

tsa's job is not to catch terrorists, its job is to stop weapons, explosives, and incendiaries from getting on airplanes.

Submitted by Anonymous on

It would be great if you would include how many arrests were involved.

Airport Law Enforcement would track arrests, not TSA (as they don't make arrests).

Submitted by Anonymous on

Chris Boyce said...
You must be really proud of your drug busts. No problem with that pesky Constitution thing.

January 23, 2015 at 9:40 PM
----------------------------
Nope. None at all. TSA simply reports illegal items discovered in the course of screening to Police. If they arrest, that's up to them.
Look up administrative search.

Submitted by Anonymous on

How many people had to be physically searched by TSA screeners thanks to false alarms from your slow, invasive, and dangerous naked body scanners?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper too cowardly to answer this simple, direct, and legitimate question about TSA's primary screening technology?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous Anonymous said... You do realize if a passenger was to fire a gun inside the cabin at a high altitude (which is pressurized) the plane would be ripped apart.

No. It wouldn't. That only happens in the movies.

You would not be sucked out through a bullet hole, the cabin wouldn't explode outwards destroying anything, and the odds of a bullet hitting anything important on its way out of the aircraft are very incredibly small. And, no, not even if it went into the gas tanks on the wing because they are designed to not blow up when punctured even if by a bullet.

Let me turn your question around..... You do realize that there is already a hole in the cabin that is about the size of silver dollar and all that air in the cabin is constantly being let out even when at altitude? That pressure release port is already much bigger than any hole you could make with a firearm.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Please post your evidence that not a single weapon was planned for terrorism...Oh, that is impossible?"

All TSA has to do is identify which weapon-bearers were arrested on terrorism charges. TSA has not crowed about any such arrests, nor have the media covered it, which would indicate that no such arrests have been made. Simple.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Please post your evidence that not a single weapon was planned for terrorism...Oh, that is impossible? Then stop making claims.

Once again you get it exactly backwards.

You prove their guilt, not they their innocence.

You prove they were terrorists and your actions were justified.

Submitted by Anonymous on

1. How exactly would someone hijack a plane with an unloaded cannon? Or a whip?
2. I'd *really* like to see statistics on how many thousands of gallons of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, breast milk, and bottled water the TSA have saved us from.
3. Also, nail clippers.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Counting Blue Toys wrote:

"Over 140 INERT/NOVELTY hand grenades" as well as the TOY and PERFUME BOTTLE hand grenades were confiscated by TSA screeners."

And yet the TSA states that "Realistic replicas" are forbidden. A toy gun, 2" long is a realistic replica? A glass perfume bottle is a realistic replica? A decoration on a purse is a realistic replica?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Bill Bennett on

There are rules for traveling on commercial airlines. If you don't like them either use another mode of transportation or stay at home. If you choose to not obey the rules then don't complain when they come back to bite you. Your not the special flower you think you are.

Submitted by Air Rifle on

It is hard to believe the mindset of people who carry these items much less attempt to board aircraft with them. I am so thankful for the TSA's vigilance

Submitted by Anonymous on

all those guns, and not a single one had anything to do with terrorism, and not a single one was a legitimate threat to aviation security. what a waste of tax dollars and time.

The absolute rediculousness of some of these comments amazes me. How do you know there was no threat? When questioned, a POTENTAIL terrorist doesnt say, oh, by the way, Im a terrorist. Also keep in mind, TSA does not look for terrorists. They look for threat iteams. Their job is to keep threat iteams off of planes. Nowhere does it say they are looking for terrorists.
That said, iteams dont have to be "live" to be a threat. What happens if somoeone pulls a fake grenade or that bomb looking alarm clock out of his bag at 30,000 feet? Pandimonium is the answer. Some of you people are so in the dark as to the threats facing this country and what is going on to prevent it. Had the 9/11 highjackers had their box cutters taken by TSA, nobody would have ever known they exsisted and you fools would be questioning why they took a box cutter from a person who was not a threat. of the thousands of iteams taken, if only one was taken from a terrorist, thousands of lives would have been saved by TSA. If only one threat iteam was not taken on board because TSA was a detourant, thousands of lives may have been saved.
You whinners can cry all you want and post usless and usless garbage about things not being a threat. Fact is, you know not of which you speak. I prefer to think that perhaps, TSA has prevent thousands of un needed deaths.
Thanks TSA for all you do and for putting up with the publics needless beat-down.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"There are rules for traveling on commercial airlines"

Yes, Bill, and many of those rules are nonsensical (the shoe carnival, unreplicated anywhere else on the planet), irrational (the farcical liquids ban), or based on junk science (utterly discredited "behavior detection"), while the means TSA uses to enforce these rules (such as naked body scanners) are slow, invasive, and ineffective, and were not implemented according to OTHER rules about how federal agencies must put new regulations into place.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Sometimes this is just too sad. My dad served in the South Pacific during WWII, was a Marine Raider until they were disbanded and his unit was moved to the 6th Marine Division. He was wounded at Okinawa then was part of Task Force 31 the Marines who went ashore in Tokyo Harbor before the signing of the peace treaty. I went with him on his last trip (while he was dying from cancer). Even wearing his USMC Raider jacket, WWII Veteran cap, and a Raider belt buckle and having a card that said he had both shrapnel in his arm and an artificial hip, the TSA pulled him out of line. How an 86 year old veteran, who couldn't walk anymore, was a threat to national security I'll never know. This was done in every single airport.

Submitted by Anonymous on

What complete nonsense. I agree with many other comments, this is nothing more than a propaganda hype. TSA needs to justify their existance to the tax payers and homeland security needs to scare the public into giving up their rights.

Submitted by Benny William on

Hey Bill Bennett,

The government has rules we disagree with. Our gov't is wasting tax dollars, not keeping anyone safer, wrongly confiscating private propeety, and violating our bodies with intrusive scanners and molesting gropes.

American citizens have the right and responsibility to speak up and non-violently resist these actions by gov't employees. The gov't serves US. We are not here to be silently oppressed and violated at the whim of arrogant and occasionally mentally disturbed gov't employees.

(Before you freak out about the "mentally disturbed" comment, West and Bill, remember the LA TSA screener who made inappropriate comments to a teenage girl, then called in a fake threat. This comment does not violate blotter policy.)

Submitted by Anonymous on

What exactly was the threat supposedly posed by an unloaded replica or antique black-powder cannon? Did you guys anticipate sky pirates or something?

All you managed by that was to ruin someone's fun -- not least because, as an unloaded firearm (of sorts) it's not even prohibited in checked bags!

You continue to not-impress.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Air Rifle said...
"It is hard to believe the mindset of people who carry these items much less attempt to board aircraft with them. I am so thankful for the TSA's vigilance"

Yes... One wonders what someone might want to do with a bottle of water on the airplane! Thanks, TSA, for keeping us safe from bottled water!

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