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TSA Week in Review: December 4 - 10

Friday, December 11, 2015
Discovered firearms

47 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 47 firearms discovered, 41 were loaded and 11 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, DSM, DTW, ORD and PHX

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

In 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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Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

quote: Anonymous said...
I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check ...." end quote

I have an answer for you, I hope, from the TSA's Office of Risk-Based Security;

In the past two years, TSA has taken a series of policy decisions to extend TSA Preü® eligibility to additional individuals. Each policy decision to expand eligibility to a new population is supported by a risk-assessment and careful consideration, and TSA intends to continue this approach in the future.

In 2012, TSA established a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to extend TSA Preü® to U.S. Armed Forces service members and DOD federal civilians. At this time, veterans and retired military are not eligible for TSA Preü® under this partnership with DoD. However, TSA continues to identify additional trusted populations. As stated, each entity will undergo a risk assessment, followed by entry into an agreement with TSA which outlines both parties’ roles and responsibilities for partnering in the TSA Preü® program

Although veterans are not automatically eligible for TSA Preü®, all former service members may pursue TSA Preü® eligibility through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trusted traveler program, such as the TSA Preü® application program or Global Entry.

end quote, minus a sentence or two.

If the answer is wrong, or incomplete, then I asked it wrong. The original email request was along the line of "please go read (blog link) and respond to this quy who asks the same question week after week after week. Instead they sent me an email which I attest has not been altered.

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

Anonymous said...
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...

December 8, 2015 at 9:55 PM
The above comment is the last comment posted in any thread on the TSA blog.

Now that it is Monday December 14, 2015, almost a full week later it seems like plenty of time has elapsed for the TSA Blog Team to log in and do a bit on blog maintenance.

Lynn, can't you post a couple of comments and make like you really are part of the blog team?

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.