TSA Week in Review: 36 Firearms, Flashbang Grenade and More Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Discovered firearms

Thirty-six firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 36 firearms discovered, 32 were loaded and 11 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered live flashbang grenades

A live flashbang grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX). All grenades whether live, inert or novelty are prohibited from carry-on and checked bags.

Discovered cane swords

A sword cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Phoenix (PHX). All knives and swords are prohibited in the cabin of the aircraft. Concealed items such as sword canes can lead to arrest and fines.

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at LAS, BUF, MEM, ORD, KOA, RIC, PHX, DEN, SFO, ORD and BOI

Discovered ammunition

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage but it is never permissible to pack it in your carry-on bag. The ammo pictured above was discovered in carry-on bags at TUL and MDW.

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags listIn addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

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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