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

Friday, December 04, 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.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


Submitted by Anonymous on

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Submitted by RB on

Did Bobbie change the way images are given file names so that they can be reused now without the obvious google history being out there?

Submitted by Anonymous on

The only person who should have a gun on an airplane is a Federal Air Marshal. The pilot should never have a gun and of course this includes the passengers.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hey you guys, stop trying to get that stuff on the planes. The TSA is going to find it, confiscate it and DESTROY IT! Don't surrender your weapons to them; leave them home. You'll still have them when you get home. Preserve your weapons and help preserve the Second Amendment.

Submitted by Wintermute on

No. TSA is not going to find them 94% of the time (and the used to complain that 70% was an outdated number), so odds are, TSA will miss it. Also, TSA destroys nothing, except maybe my mood.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Stiff fines Take the right to fly anytime in the future post photo make the strong penelties public make people think twice about respecting the policies that should be very strict all across the country

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
The only person who should have a gun on an airplane is a Federal Air Marshal. The pilot should never have a gun and of course this includes the passengers.

December 5, 2015 at 9:47 PM
axiomatically stated. now ask yourself - why? is there any real reason why firearms should be prohibited? cockpit doors are reinforced, flight crew and passengers are aware of the consequences of inaction. the threat is mitigated. if there were no prohibitions, and someone were to brandish a firearm or take other hostile action, the 5 or 10% of those onbaord who were carrying would end it, so why is there any prohibition at all? (I'll give you a hint - an overbearing government needs a passive, dependent populace to achieve its aims)

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+ are out of luck.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"is there any real reason why firearms should be prohibited?"

So nobody fires a gun on an airplane, for starters. Idiot.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Still censoring comments about the atrocious disabled accessibility issues on this blog, I see!

Great job, Bobby and West! Y'all are as transparent as a brick wall, and as accountable as a Zimbabwe dollar...

Submitted by Wintermute on

Why was this comment approved? It contains a personal attack.

Also, the person doing the insulting apparently doesn't realize that you guys miss 94% of threat items, so, tons of guns flew without being fired on airplanes. They are likely also misinformed and think that a single gunshot would cause catastrophic failure. It would not.