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TSA Week in Review: 43 Firearms, Replica Dynamite, and More

Friday, February 06, 2015
Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at GEG

Loaded firearm discovered in a carry-on bag at GEG.

43 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 43 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered.

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 respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft. Read here on why inert items cause problem.

  • Replica sticks of dynamite were discovered in a checked bag at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Two inert/replica grenades were detected in carry-on bags in separate incidents at Jacksonville (JAX).
  • A scale model of an explosive drilling device was discovered in a checked bag at Houston Intercontinental (IAH).
 Scale Model Explosive Drill (IAH), Inert/Replica Grenades (JAX), Replica Dynamite (LAS)

Clockwise from top: Scale Model Explosive Drill (IAH), Inert/Replica Grenades (JAX), Replica Dynamite (LAS)

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are examples from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.

  • A knife was discovered concealed in a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) at Minneapolis (MSP).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW).
  • Marijuana was discovered in the false bottom of a can of tomato soup in a checked bag at Nashville (BNA).
 Marijuana in Tomato Can (BNA), Lipstick Knife, Two-bladed Folding Knife, and Bullet Knife (DTW), Stun Gun Brass Knuckles (SEA), Sword (FLO)

Clockwise from top left: Marijuana in Tomato Can (BNA), Lipstick Knife, Two-bladed Folding Knife, and Bullet Knife (DTW), Stun Gun Brass Knuckles (SEA), Sword (FLO)

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, 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.

Stun Guns - 11 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Four were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the remainder were discovered at Columbia (CAE), Dallas/Love Field (DAL), Las Vegas (LAS), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), San Juan (SJU), Seattle (SEA).

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.

 BOI, HOU, MCI & GSP

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BOI, HOU, MCI & GSP

 BNA, DTW, LIT, CMH & FLL

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, DTW, LIT, CMH & FLL

 SAT, MSY, PIT, SHV & DAL

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: SAT, MSY, PIT, SHV & DAL

43 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 43 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 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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