TSA Week in Review: 54 Firearms, Swords, Comb Knife, and More

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Loaded firearm.

54 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 54 firearms discovered, 46 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. The firearms pictured above was discovered at (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 some examples from this week where artfully concealed items were discovered by our officers.

  • A cane sword was discovered at LaGuardia (LGA).
  • A knife was discovered taped to the pull handle mechanism of a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI).
  • A comb knife was discovered at Kansas City (MCI).
  • A switchblade was discovered hidden in a shoe inside of a carry-on bag at Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF).
Concelaed knife in baggage, and a comb knife.

L-R - Concealed knife ( MCI), Comb Knife (MCI)

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.

  • Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Two were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS) and the others were discovered at Denver (DEN) and Indianapolis (IND).
  • One inert/replica grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Louisville (SDF).
Knives, swords, and throwing stars.

Counterclockwise from top, items discovered at: LAX, DAL, BUR, DFW, PVD, ORD, RIC and SFO

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 - 24 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags across the nation. Three were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Nashville (BNA), two at Orlando (MCO), two at Spokane (GEG), and the remainder were discovered at Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Fayetteville (FAY), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Kansas City (MCI), Lafayette (LFT), New Bern (EWN), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pensacola (PNS), Portland (PDX), Providence (PVD), San Jose (SJC), and Seattle (SEA).


When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag. This ammo was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at (IAH).

Loaded Firearms

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: BNA, MDW, STL, EUG, JAN, and AUS

Loaded Firearms

Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: PHX, IND, MSY, MIA, BQK, IAH, and MSY

54 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 54 firearms discovered, 46 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered.

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.

*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.

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