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TSA Week in Review: 53 Firearms, Inert Tank Projectile, and More

Friday, May 22, 2015
53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 42 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at RDU.

53 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 53 firearms, 42 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at RDU.

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.

  • An inert replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Newark (EWR).
An inert anti-tank projectile was discovered in a checked bag at Tulsa (TUL).

An inert anti-tank projectile was discovered in a checked bag at Tulsa (TUL).

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 some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

  • A stun cane was discovered in a carry-on bag at Oklahoma City (OKC).
  • A credit card knife was detected under the insole of a shoe at San Antonio (SAT).
A D-size battery with a screw-off top was discovered at Tulsa (TUL). A small amount of marijuana was inside of the battery.

A D-size battery with a screw-off top was discovered at Tulsa (TUL). A small amount of marijuana was inside of the battery.

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.

A large selection of knives that were discovered in carry-on bags.

Counterclockwise from the top, these knives were discovered at IAH, ORF, SAN, MCO, ORD, ORD, IAH, PHX, LAX, SAN, and EWR.

Spear Gun (SLC), Bear Mace (SLC), Bottle Rockets (LAS), Nunchucks (OAK)

Spear Gun (SLC), Bear Mace (SLC), Bottle Rockets (LAS), Nunchucks (OAK)

Daggers in zip-up folder (TUS), Knuckle Knife (MCO), Throwing Star (DAL), Throwing Knives (ORD)

Daggers in zip-up folder (TUS), Knuckle Knife (MCO), Throwing Star (DAL), Throwing Knives (ORD)

Several knives discovered in one bag.

All of these items were discovered in one carry-on bag at SLC.

Stun Guns - 26 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Atlanta (ATL), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Oklahoma City (OKC), two at Portland (PDX), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Denver (DEN), Grand Junction (GJT), Kansas City (MCI), Lehigh Valley (ABE), Little Rock (LIT), Memphis (MEM), Milwaukee (MKE), New York Kennedy (JFK) , Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Richmond (RIC), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), and 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.

Firearms

Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, BNA, EWN, MIA, MCI, ISN, and ABY.

Firearms

Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at DAL, TUL, and MSY

53 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 53 firearms, 42 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 $11,000. 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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